The Staying Abreast: Weekly Wire e-Newsletter is a compendium of news, actions, and resources considered to be of interest or relevance to the breastfeeding field. The newsletter aims to support the USBC’s mission "To drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States." Included items are submitted for consideration or identified by the USBC e-news team via extensive online review. Whenever possible, the newsletter utilizes language directly from the primary source of an item without additional analysis or edits. In some cases, the USBC offers additional perspectives through the "USBC Insights," media and partner highlights, and the "News & Views" section. Inclusion of an item in the e-newsletter does not imply endorsement or support by the USBC of an item or organization, unless specifically noted.
Native American Heritage Month Webpage
November is Native American Heritage Month! The USBC has published a webpage titled, "National American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month." The webpage features a compilation of resources, tools, and materials from USBC and the field. Please send additional resources to email@example.com.
Organizational Sign-On Letter Opportunities
The Paid Leave Constellation has launched two organizational sign on letters. Please sign on and share with your networks. Thank you to all the organizations who have already signed on!
- Sign on to a letter to Members of Congress highlighting how increased access to paid family leave can increase breastfeeding rates and improve health outcomes. The letter states that signing organizations stand ready to work with policymakers to establish at least 12 weeks of job-protected, paid family & medical leave as a self-funded insurance program that is affordable and cost-effective for workers, employers and the government, and is accessible to all workers, regardless of gender/marital status, and including military servicemembers. The deadline to sign on is this Friday, November 16.
- Sign on to a letter urging legislators to seek correction for gaps in the Military Parental Leave Program (MPLP), established by the Department of Defense (DOD) in May 2018. When Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 they included language specifically instructing the DOD to establish a new parental leave program with the goal of creating a universal benefit applied equally to all members of the active armed services. The deadline to sign on is this Friday, November 16.
National Diabetes Month, summarized from NIH
November is National Diabetes Month! The National Institutes of Health have published the "National Diabetes Month 2018 Toolkit" featuring resources related to this year's theme, Promoting Health After Gestational Diabetes. Resources can be used to raise awareness among women with a history of gestational diabetes about their lifelong risk for developing diabetes. The toolkit includes sample social media posts and graphics, a promotional flyer, and health information for the public and health professionals.
USBC Insights: Breastfed children have a reduced risk of type 1 and 2 diabetes and women who breastfed their children have a reduced long-term risk of diabetes.
Pregnancy Monitoring Innovation Funding, summarized from HRSA
The Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau has launched the "Remote Pregnancy Monitoring Challenge." HRSA will award $375,000 in prizes to support the creation of innovative solutions to help prenatal care providers remotely monitor the health and wellbeing of pregnant women, as well as place health data into the hands of pregnant women themselves as a tool to monitor their own health and make informed decisions about care. Solutions would especially benefit women who live in rural and medically underserved areas who have limited access to on-site prenatal care. Submissions are due by Tuesday, November 27.
Survey on Breast Milk Donation, summarized from LLL USA
La Leche League USA, in partnership with Cohen Children's Medical Center, has launched a survey to learn more about the reservations mothers have regarding breast milk donation. The survey will provide insights to help increase the nation's supply of donor milk and will remain open through Sunday, November 25. Coalitions and organizations are invited and encouraged to share the survey link with their networks. Join the Facebook Event.
Clinical Internship Recognition, summarized from LEAARC
The Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee has launched a program recognizing clinical internships for aspiring lactation consultants. Programs may be approved for offering a 500 hour internship which would meet the IBLCE Pathway 3 requirements for clinical experience qualifying a candidate to sit for the IBLCE certification exam. Shorter programs, as well as individual lactation consultants who provide at least 100 hours of clinical experience, may also apply for recognition. Guidelines for establishing a clinical program are available free from LEAARC. These guidelines can be a valuable resource for new as well as existing programs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for your free copy of the program guidelines. LEAARC can also provide application forms for programs or individuals who wish to apply for approval or recognition.
Community Breastfeeding Program Implementation Guide, summarized from NACCHO
The National Association of County and City Health Officials has released a guide titled "Breastfeeding in the Community: Program Implementation Guide." The guide offers guidance and tools to help local health departments and community-based organizations design, establish and implement peer and professional lactation support programs. It covers a broad range of practical information that will support communities to ensure evidence-informed practices for successful sustainable programs
Policy Recommendation Compendium, summarized from NACCHO
The National Association of County and City Health Officials has published the "2018 Compendium of Policy Recommendations," which includes recommendations from more than 100 policy statements approved by the NACCHO Board of Directors. The section on obesity prevention includes the recommendation that local health departments should coordinate with states, other municipal agencies, community-based organizations, healthcare agencies, such as federally-qualified healthcare centers, and local providers to implement community-based programs that support increased breastfeeding duration and exclusivity as a preventive measure for maternal and childhood obesity.
News from the Field
Article on Paid Leave for Military Families, summarized from CAP
The Center for American Progress has published a column titled "Veterans and Military Families Need Comprehensive Paid Leave Solutions." The article outlines challenges faced by veterans and military families, describes the importance of federal paid leave programs to military families, and outlines state legislation and federal legislative proposals.
Global Burden of Disease Reports, summarized from The Lancet
The Lancet has published "The Global Burden of Disease Study 2017," a series of articles providing analyses of global mortality, life expectancy, causes of death, fertility, and progress towards the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals.
USBC Insights: Breastfeeding is a proven primary prevention strategy, building a foundation for life-long health and wellness. The evidence for the value of breastfeeding to children's and women's health is scientific, solid, and continually being reaffirmed by new research.
Midterm Elections' Impact on Public Health Webinar, summarized from NPHL
Join the Network for Public Health Law on Thursday, November 29, from 1-2 p.m. ET for a webinar titled, "The Potential Impacts of the Midterm Elections on Public Health." Speakers will discuss how the polls have shown that health care and health related issues were top of mind for voters running up to the midterm elections. The webinar will include discussion of the midterm election results and their potential impact on health care, Medicaid and reproductive rights.
Clinical Training Opportunities for Aspiring Lactation Support Providers, summarized from ASI
Alimentación Segura Infantil has announced that they are now offering support groups in the communities of: Aguas Buenas, Arecibo, Barranquitas, Caguas, Canóvanas, Ciales, Comerío, Corozal, Dorado, Humacao, Las Piedras, Morovis, Manatí, Naranjito, Orocovis, Salinas, San Juan (Santurce), and Yabucoa. All support groups are peer facilitated and include clinical support from an IBCLC, CLC or CLE. ASI provides Pathway 1 and Pathway 3 clinical options for IBCLC candidates.
Collective Impact Connection
Equity and Collective Impact Video, summarized from CIF
The Collective Impact Forum has published a video and transcript from "Beyond Seats at the Table: Equity, Inclusion, and Collective Impact," a keynote at the 2018 Collective Impact Convening in Austin. Speaker Vu Le, author of the NonprofitAF.com blog, discusses the crucial role that equity and inclusion need to play in successful Collective Impact endeavors.
Evaluating Systems Change Webinar, summarized from Tamarack
Join the Tamarack Institute for a webinar titled "Evaluating Systems Change: A Results-Based Framework." Speaker Mark Cabaj, from Here to There Consulting, will explore an archetypal results framework that can be used to inform the thinking of any effort to 'change' systems. The webinar is full, but individuals can register to receive a recording, as well as relevant resources on Wednesday, November 21.
News & Views
Lamaze for Parents blog: "How to Donate Your Extra Breast Milk to a Nonprofit Milk Bank"
The Huffington Post: "Air Force Mom Pumps Breast Milk While Running An Ironman Triathlon"
The New York Times: "Baby Antonio: 5 Pounds, 12 Ounces and Homeless From Birth"