Weekly Wednesday Wire: May 13, 2015

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USBC Updates

Federal Airport Accommodation Bill, Stories Needed

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is launching a new federal bill called the FAM (Friendly Airports for Mothers) Act, which would require airports to provide accessible, safe, clean, and convenient lactation rooms for travelers. We need YOUR stories about how lactation accommodations in airports have (or would have) made a difference for you. Together we can demonstrate why this bill is crucial to helping more moms achieve their personal breastfeeding goals. Your submissions will become part of a bank of real-life stories, compiled and displayed in real time and used for a variety of purposes, including in conversations with Congress, policymakers, and the media, and in future action campaigns, blogs, articles, etc. Stay tuned for more details and a "write your Congressperson" action alert!

Federal News

National Women's Health Week, from OWH

It's National Women's Health Week, and the Office on Women's Health has launched a health pledge and checklist to encourage individuals to commit to a healthy lifestyle. There are many ways to get involved in #NWHW activities: share the USBC's infographics, join the #NWHW Thunderclap, use the OWH social media toolkit to spread the word, or host a women's health event or activity

Entertainment Education Breastfeeding Tip Sheet, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Entertainment Education Program provides expert consultation, education, and resources for writers and producers who develop scripts with health storylines and information. The library of tip sheets for storyline creators now includes a tip sheet on breastfeeding.

Member News

Updated Clinical Protocol on Breastfeeding and Substance Use, from ABM

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has released a revised Clinical Protocol #21: Guidelines for Breastfeeding and Substance Use or Substance Use Disorder. The choice of breastfeeding by a pregnant or newly postpartum woman with a history of past or current illegal/illicit drug abuse or legal substance use or misuse is challenging for many reasons. The protocol provides literature-based guidelines for the evaluation and management of the woman with substance use or a substance use disorder who is considering breastfeeding.

Resources on New Title V MCH National Performance Measures, from ASPHN    

The Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Council of the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists has released a draft brief, entitled Incorporating Nutrition into the New Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant National Performance Measures. The purpose of the brief is to give states ideas on how they could incorporate nutrition into the National Performance Measures as one of the required Evidence Based Strategy Measures. A webinar was held in April to introduce the new brief: the recording is also available on the resource web page.

Leader of NICU Infant Breastfeeding Program Designated as "Edge Runner", from AAN

Congratulations to USBC member representative Diane Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, on being designated an "Edge Runner" by the American Academy of Nursing for her nurse-designed model of care to promote breastfeeding in vulnerable infants of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Edge Runners are part of the AAN Raise the Voice campaign, which promotes new evidence-based health care models that better serve patients, lower costs, and have measurable results.

Partner News

Webinar Series on Women's Health Plan Coverage Violations, from NWLC

Join the National Women's Law Center for a series of webinars to learn more about the state of women's coverage under the Affordable Care Act, health plan violations taking place, and how advocates are taking steps to make sure women have the coverage the law requires. The first webinar of the series will be held May 14 at 2:00 p.m. ET, focusing on an overview of the findings of NWLC's recent report, and how state regulators and advocates can improve health coverage for women in their states. The last webinar of the series will be held May 28 at 2:00 p.m. ET, focusing on the state of breastfeeding coverage and recommendations for addressing ongoing problems with this important benefit.

WIC Policy Brief, from CBPP

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has released a policy brief entitled, WIC Works: Addressing the Nutrition and Health Needs of Low-Income Families for 40 Years. The report finds that the WIC program promotes and supports breastfeeding, supports better infant feeding practices, and improves food security, among other benefits. 

"State of the World's Mothers" Report, from Save the Children

Save the Children has released its 2015 "State of the World's Mothers" report, entitled The Urban Disadvantage, highlighting the health disparities hidden in urban areas. The report details the high infant mortality rates in some U.S. cities and highlights breastfeeding as a critical initiative for saving infant lives. 

Collective Impact Connection

Collective Impact Backbones Webinar, from Tamarack

Tamarack has posted a webinar recording, entitled "Collective Impact Backbones: What We are Learning." In this session, John Kania, Managing Partner of FSG, and Liz Weaver, Vice President of Tamarack, have a lively discussion about the role of backbone infrastructure in Collective Impact.  John and his team at FSG and the Collective Impact Forum have been watching backbones emerge, form and build toward impact over the past five years and have been tracking the role and impact of investing in Backbones and the different governance structures being adopted.

State/Community News

Criticism of Donor Milk Bills, from New Jersey

The New Jersey Breastfeeding Coalition is opposing two bills aimed at ensuring the safety of human breast milk, on the grounds that they may serve as barriers to breastfeeding and the formation of the state's own milk bank. The bills would require the state Department of Health to license milk banks and would launch a public awareness campaign to caution pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers about the dangers of informal human milk sharing.

Joint Press Release on Milk Banks, from Oregon

The Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon, Northwest Mothers Milk Bank, and the Human Milk Banking Association of North America have issued a joint press release emphasizing the critical need for public support for nonprofit, pasteurized donor human milk banking.

News & Views

The New York Times: "A Place for Breast-Feeding Mothers at New York Area Airports"

The Huffington Post:

Young Women United: "#1stSacredFood My Journey Reconnecting to Community and Building Breastfeeding in Native Communities"

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Paid Family Leave (HBO)"

U.S. Department of Labor blog: "Rewarding Hard Work"

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