Weekly Wednesday Wire: August 14, 2013

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USBC Updates

Join the "Action Across America" Campaign

In honor of National Breastfeeding Month, the USBC's "Action Across America" social media advocacy campaign is engaging key Members of Congress to ensure that every mom is empowered and supported to reach her personal breastfeeding goals. Across the country individual advocates, breastfeeding coalitions, and allied organizations are calling on policymakers to support breastfeeding in ways that will create the strategic policy and systems changes needed to overcome the barriers to breastfeeding success. Each week of August the campaign will address a different topic area, aligned with current legislative opportunities. This week's focus is on building support for paid family leave and the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act: take action now!

The USBC, MomsRising, National Partnership for Women & Families, and National WIC Association hosted the "Action for the Summer Recess" webinar on August 8. Access the recording, slides, and toolkit materials to find everything you'll need to prepare for a visit with your legislator.

Federal News

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, from CDC

A new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention entitled "CDC Grand Rounds: Public Health Approaches to Reducing U.S. Infant Mortality" reports on a recent session of Grand Rounds that explored public health approaches to reducing U.S. infant mortality, citing breastfeeding as an important protective action. The infant mortality rate (IMR), the rate at which babies less than one year of age die, has continued to steadily decline in the U.S. over the past several decades. Tragically, despite overall progress, significant racial and geographic disparities in infant mortality persist and preventable infant deaths continue to occur.

Webinar Launch of Updated Guide to Breastfeeding Interventions, from CDC

An updated version of The CDC Guide to Breastfeeding Interventions is being released this month. The document, entitled Strategies to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases: The CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies, provides guidance for public health professionals and others on how to select strategies to support breastfeeding mothers and increase breastfeeding rates. It offers relevant information on different strategies including evidence, program examples, and resources. Join Acting Surgeon General, Rear Admiral (RADM) Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH for a National Breastfeeding Month webinar to launch the new Guide on Monday, August 26, from 2-3 p.m. ET.

Member News

Award for Evidence-Based Leadership in Breastfeeding

Congratulations to USBC member representative Dr. Laurence Grummer-Strawn, Chief of the CDC Nutrition Branch, on receiving the 2013 inaugural Journal of Human Lactation Award for Evidence-Based Leadership in Breastfeeding.

Partner News

National Breastfeeding Month Web Page, from NICHQ

NICHQ (National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality) has developed a National Breastfeeding Month web page featuring resources, stories, videos, and other materials related to the Best Fed Beginnings project and NICHQ's state projects in New York and Texas. 

Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Sixth Edition, from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women & Families has published an updated Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to explain the law, related regulations, and court interpretations. The FMLA guarantees eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year to care for a newborn, a newly adopted child, or a seriously ill family member, or to recover from their own serious health conditions, including pregnancy. But the FMLA was always intended to be just a first step. About 40 percent of the workforce is not eligible for leave under the FMLA, and millions of those who are cannot afford to take unpaid leave. Join us in taking action to support paid leave during National Breastfeeding Month!

News Clippings

Chicago Tribune: "More U.S. moms embrace breastfeeding, led by Idaho and California

Motherlode (NYTimes.com parenting blog): "Breast-Feeding in the Airport? A New Lactation Station Solution"

Motherlove blog: "Don't miss these breastfeeding promotion ads!"

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