Weekly Wire: July 28, 2018

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USBC Updates

NBCC Final Details!

The Eighth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference is almost here! Online conference registration closes Sunday, July 29. Walk-in registrants will be accommodated, space permitting. On-site registration will be possible for Sunday's Advocacy Training WorkshopSee the updated program schedule featuring sessions descriptions and event information. Connect with other conference attendees on our Facebook event page and stay tuned for details on how to download the event app. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta next week!

World Health Assembly Sign On Letter Delivered to Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Commerce

USBC has delivered the coalition sign on letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross expressing concern about the actions of the U.S. delegation to the World Health Assembly. The letter was signed by 45 international, national, and tribal organizations and 137 state, regional, and local organizations. Thank you to all our partners who signed on!

USBC Insight: Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding the Trump Administration's efforts to prioritize the interests of the infant formula industry. Sherman first highlighted the issue during a July 11 House Foreign Affair Committee hearing

Special Section on World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Month and August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week!

The USBC has launched the National Breastfeeding Month 2018 webpage, highlighting four weekly themes:

  • Week 1: Policy Pulse
    Finding Solutions: Small policy changes can go a long way toward supporting breastfeeding families
  • Week 2: Special Circumstances & Emergency Preparedness
    Always Ready: Resources and guidance on how to manage feeding during an emergency
  • Week 3: Call to Action
    Answering the Call: Everyone can help make breastfeeding easier
  • Week 4: Black Breastfeeding Week
    Love on Top: On top of joy, on top of grief, on top of everything

The 2018 World Breastfeeding Week theme is Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has launched the 2018 World Breastfeeding Week Action Folder and #WBW2018 Social Media Kit to make it easy to get involved and join the conversation. 

Help celebrate the launch of these exciting events by joining the USBC's World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month 2018 Daycause and WABA's World Breastfeeding Week 2018 Thunderclap. Those who join will automatically share the same messages at the same time across Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday, August 1. In addition, please be sure to let us know if your organization has a WBW/NBM webpage, resources, or virtual events planned via the online submission form and join the conversation at hashtags #NBM18 and #WBW2018. Highlights from the field include:

  • La Leche League USA: Live, Love, Latch!,® a National Breastfeeding Month celebration hosted by LLL Groups throughout the country between August 1 and 31Find an event near youRegister an event. Please note that events must be hosted by a La Leche League USA Group.

  • California Breastfeeding Coalition/California WIC Association/California Department of Public Health: Jointly developed National Breastfeeding Month campaign materials including sample social media posts and workplace accommodation resources. These resources were developed as part of California's Children's Healthy Weight Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) efforts. 

Member News

Action Alert Calling on Senators to Support Peer Counselor Program Funding, from NWA

The National WIC Association has launched an action alert calling on Senators to increase funding for the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program to $80 million. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies will soon vote on the FY 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which includes funding for WIC. Senator Casey has introduced an amendment to increase funding for the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program to $80 million.  

Webinar on Workplace Breastfeeding Law and Supporting Breastfeeding Students, from NWA

Join the National WIC Association on Thursday, August 30, from 3-4 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Workplace Breastfeeding Laws & WIC's Role in Supporting Breastfeeding Employees." The session will cover the changing landscape of workplace laws for breastfeeding employees, including recent legal rulings broadening the Pregnancy Discrimination Act to include lactation. State laws will also be addressed. Panelists will explore WIC's role in advocating for breastfeeding mothers who may be experiencing difficulties receiving the accommodations they are entitled to, including discussion of Kansas WIC's partnership with the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition and possible replication of their system in other states.

Celebration of Milestone in Baby-Friendly Implementation, from BFUSA

Baby-Friendly USA has announced that more than 1 million babies are now born each year in Baby-Friendly designated facilities in the US. Executive Director Trish MacEnroe has published a statement titled "Restoring Breastfeeding as a Viable Choice for 1 Million Babies and Moms." The statement reflects on the recent milestone and underscores several key principles behind Baby-Friendly practices, including respecting a mother's informed decision.

Kids Eat Right Month, from AND

Join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in celebrating the fifth annual Kids Eat Right Month this August. AND uses the month to mobilize registered dietitian nutritionists in a grassroots movement to share healthful eating messages to help families adopt nutritious eating habits. AND has also released the Kids Eat Right Month media kit that includes infographics, reprintable articles, and social media information.

Partner News

Class Action Lawsuit to End Family Separation, from ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit to end family separation and immediately reunite children and parents. In its ruling, the court said all children must be reunited within 30 days; children under five within 14 days; and all parents must be able to speak with their children within 10 days. The court-appointed deadline to reunify families was reached on Thursday, July 26, however one in three separated children were still not reunited with their parents. ACLU's most recent court filing asked the government to: Provide all information possible on parents who were deported without their children so that we can begin tracking them down; Explain in detail what efforts are being undertaken to locate and make contact with the parents the government can't find; and Provide a detailed list of the reasons parents were deemed ineligible for reunification with their children.

USBC Insight: The Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Justice have released "The Tri-Department Plan for Stage II of Family Reunification." The nine-page plan outlines a five-step process for identification of parents and reunification of families. This plan makes no mention of the trauma experienced by parents and children separated at the border, the dire need to repair damage caused by toxic stress, or the ability to access high-quality mental health services. Reports of traumatic experiences in detention camps continue to be made public. A 2014 issue brief from the National Association of County and City Health Officials titled "Issue Brief: Planning for Unaccompanied Minors in Shelter Operations" provides local health departments with facts and guidance on managing shelter operations of unaccompanied minors. National, state, and local organizations are invited to sign on to USBC's joint statement on unlawful family separation. Find additional background and a list of member and partner statements in the June 21, July 11, and July 20, issues of the Weekly Wire. 

News From the Field

Informational Call on Systems for Action Awards, from RWJF

Join the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on Tuesday, August 7, from 1-2 p.m. ET for an informational presentation on RWJF's Systems for Action program. The program is offering up to six awards of $250,000 each for research on how to better align and coordinate medical, social, and public health services to support population health. All proposals should include a focus on health equity, by examining how better aligning systems can ensure everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full health potential. The call will give an overview of the program, address eligibility for the awards, and answer frequently asked questions.

Paid Parental Leave Map, from WORLD

The WORLD Policy Analysis Center has released an interactive map titled "Is paid leave available to mothers and fathers of infants?". The global map can toggle between displaying whether paid leave is available for mothers, fathers, or all parents.

Analysis of Maternity Care Provided Immediately Following Birth, from Breastfeeding Medicine

The journal Breastfeeding Medicine has published an article titled, "Mapping, Measuring, and Analyzing the Process of Skin-to-Skin Contact and Early Breastfeeding in the First Hour After Birth." The 2018 WHO Baby-Friendly Clinical Guidance states that facilities should facilitate immediate and uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact and support mothers to initiate breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth. Yet fewer than half of newborns worldwide are breastfed in the first hour. To analyze the process of uninterrupted skin-to-skin immediately after planned vaginal birth, researchers conducted a study at a Baby-Friendly hospital in California, video recording babies and mothers during the first hour. The results reveal both barriers to the universal application of skin-to-skin as well as opportunities to support the standard. 

Report on Evidence-Based Decision Making, from PRC-STL

The Prevention Research Center in St. Louis has published a report titled, "Putting Evidence to Work for Health: How Health Departments Can Encourage Evidence-Based Decision Making." Evidence-based decision making (EBDM) uses the best available research evidence to select, implement, and evaluate these programs and policies. Use of EBDM within health departments enhances the ability of staff to make informed choices and manage resources, which makes it more likely that people will receive effective programs to help prevent or control diseases. The report summarizes PRC-STL's work with 12 state health departments, and provides lessons learned and recommendations for future actions. 

Report on Maternal and Infant Mortality Among Native Americans, from CAP

The Center for American Progress has released a report titled, "American Indian and Alaska Native Maternal and Infant Mortality: Challenges and Opportunities." The report finds that institutional racism, which has been proven to negatively impact the health of Black women, is also a factor behind high maternal and infant mortality rates for Native Americans. The authors also found that in the face of disproportionately high death rates for mothers and babies, traditional Indigenous community practices are instrumental in getting women better access to health care.

Collective Impact Connection

Blog Post on Fostering Creativity, from Tamarack

Tamarack Institute has published a blog post titled "How to Stifle Creativity." The author breaks down ways in which leaders unintentionally stifle creativity and how to avoid common pitfalls.

State & Community News

Rights of Pregnant and Parenting Students Webinar, from California

Join the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) on Tuesday, July 31, from 3-4 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "The Rights of Pregnant and Parenting Students and Employees at CA Schools." Panelists from Breastfeed LA, the California Women's Law Center, and Center for WorkLife Law will discuss the rights of pregnant and parenting employees and students in California's schools, including an overview of pregnancy leave rights and legally required accommodations for pregnancy and lactation. There will also be an update on the "ABC's of Breastfeeding" Report Card, originally released in 2015, including improvements that have been made in pregnancy and lactation accommodation policies at the 81 Los Angeles County school districts LAAC worked with.

News & Views

Upworthy: "It is now legal to breastfeed in public in all 50 states. Just now. In 2018."

The Conversation: "U.S. support of formula over breastfeeding is a race issue "  

The Atlantic: "Moms Running for Office Are Finally Advertising Their Motherhood"

US News: "Brooklyn Initiative Addresses Economic, Racial Inequalities in Breastfeeding"

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