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.
In this Issue:
- USBC Updates
- Welcome Congress Week Action Opportunities
- Black History Month Tools & Resources
- Foundational Change Collective Impact Webinar
- Membership Transformation Webinar
- Federal News
- PRAMS Data Released, summarized from CDC
- Healthy People 2030 Webcast, summarized from HHS
- Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act Introduced in Senate, summarized from Congress
- Recommendation on Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depresstion, summarized from USPSTF
- Report on WIC Eligibility and Program Reach, summarized from USDA
- Partner News
- Breastfeeding Safety Net Webinar, summarized from NACCHO
- Report on State Preparedness, summarized from TFAH
- News from the Field
- Call for Papers on Ethical Issues, summarized from JHL
- State & Community News
- Resource Guide and Scholarship Opportunity, summarized from San Diego
- Equity Elements
- Webinar on Racial Equity in Federal Nutrition Policy, summarized from Bread for the World Institute
- News & Views
Welcome Congress Week Action Opportunities
The USBC has released daily action opportunities to support breastfeeding families for Welcome Congress Week. Individuals and organizations across the nation have come together to welcome our Senators and Representatives, educate them about their role in supporting breastfeeding, and highlight the specific policy priorities that we want them to support. Packet materials include a Welcome Letter signed by 24 international, national, and tribal organizations and 30 regional, state and local organizations; fact sheets on each of the policy priorities identified by the field via the "116th Congressional Session: Breastfeeding Policy Priorities Survey;" and state fact sheets lifting up state-specific data, coalition activities, and federally funded projects. More than 800 messages have already been sent to Members of Congress! Help keep the momentum going by taking action and sharing action opportunities with your network.
- Tweet or email your Members of Congress!
- Invite friends and family to take action!
- Mail or deliver a welcome packet to your Members of Congress!
- Tweet or email a note of thanks to your Members of Congress!
- Invite friends and family to sign up for breastfeeding advocacy action alerts at www.usbreastfeeding.org/signup
Black History Month Tools & Resources
February is Black History Month! The USBC has published a webpage titled, "Black History Month Tools & Resources." The webpage features key information on Black maternal and child health and breastfeeding as well as a compilation of resources, tools, and materials from USBC and the field. Submit additional resources or organizations for consideration.
Foundational Change Collective Impact Webinar
Join the USBC on Tuesday, February 26, from 2-3 p.m. ET for the first webinar in the 2019 Collective Impact Series. Titled "Building Strong Foundations for Meaningful Change," this session will share lessons learned from USBC's experience applying the Collective Impact model at the national level over the past 5 years. Speakers will discuss the importance of building trust, nurturing relationships, and centering equity in the process from the very beginning. There will also be time for questions from participants.
Membership Transformation Webinar
Join USBC on Wednesday, February 27, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Special Webinar: USBC Membership Transformation." In April 2018, USBC's membership approved bylaw amendments by a 2/3 majority vote, expanding membership categories to include State, Territorial, Tribal, Local and Cultural (STLTC) coalitions, and Community Based Organizations (CBOs). USBC's Membership Relations & Operations Manager, Denae Schmidt, will discuss USBC's new membership categories, components of the membership application, and benefits of membership. There will also be time for questions from attendees. Learn more about USBC's new membership categories.
PRAMS Data Released, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced the release of the 2017 Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) data. PRAMS is part of the CDC's Safe Motherhood and Infant Health Initiative to help reduce infant morbidity and mortality by providing data about pregnancy and the first few months after birth that is not available elsewhere. PRAMS is funded in 51 sites covering 83% of all live births in the U.S. Researchers can request the most recent year of data, as well as prior years' data. Determine data availability by site and year from 1988–2017 by accessing the tables under "Years of Data Available."
Healthy People 2030 Webcast, summarized from HHS
The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the next meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 will take place on Tuesday, February 26, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET. The Committee will continue its deliberations regarding the Nation's health promotion and disease prevention objectives and develop recommendations regarding the proposed Healthy People 2030 objectives. The meeting will be held via webcast and is open to the public. Individuals must pre-register to attend.
Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act Introduced in Senate, summarized from Congress
The Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act has been introduced in the Senate by Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). The bill would require that certain public buildings that are open to the public and contain a public restroom provide a lactation room, other than a bathroom, that is hygienic and is available for use by members of the public to express milk. The lactation room must be shielded from public view, be free from intrusion, and contain a chair, a working surface, and (if the building is supplied with electricity) an electrical outlet. The House version of the bill, H.R. 866, was introduced by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and passed the House by voice vote earlier this month.
Recommendation on Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depresstion, summarized from USPSTF
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released a Recommendation Statement titled "Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depression." The USPSTF reviewed the evidence on the benefits and harms of preventive interventions for perinatal depression in pregnant or postpartum women or their children and recommends that clinicians provide or refer pregnant and postpartum persons who are at increased risk of perinatal depression to counseling interventions. (B recommendation) The recommendation statement notes that infants whose mothers have perinatal depression are at increased risk of early cessation of breastfeeding.
USBC Insights: USPSTF recommendation statements influence which preventive services insurers are required to cover under the Affordable Care Act.
Report on WIC Eligibility and Program Reach, summarized from USDA
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service has published "National- And State-Level Estimates Of Special Supplemental Nutrition Program For Women, Infants, And Children (WIC) Eligibles And Program Reach In 2016 (Summary)." The report offers national and State estimates of the number of people eligible for WIC benefits and the percent of the eligible population participating in 2016, including estimates by participant category. The report also provides estimates by region, U.S. territory, and race and ethnicity.
Breastfeeding Safety Net Webinar, summarized from NACCHO
Join the Breastfeeding Team at National Association of County and City Health Officials on Thursday, March 14, from 2-3:15 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Weaving a Lactation Care Safety Net: Navigating Organizational Change for Breastfeeding Success." Presented as part of the Weaving a Lactation Safey Netwebinar series, this session will focus on internal continuity of care to help create a breastfeeding ecosystem and address the organizational systems change needed to implement a seamless lactation safety net within groups that serve parents and babies. Speakers will provide an overview of the greater continuum of care primary care practices and Patient Centered Medical Home models for breastfeeding, and explore examples of replicable models that can be used to improve breastfeeding rates within an organization.
Report on State Preparedness, summarized from TFAH
Trust for America's Health has released a report titled, "Ready or Not: Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism, 2019." The report provides an annual snapshot of states' public health and emergency response preparedness—and finds mixed results in this year's picture. Authored by TFAH since 2003, the report has documented significant progress in the nation's level of emergency readiness as well as areas that need improvement.
USBC Insights: Research shows that infants and children are the most vulnerable during emergencies. Human milk is always clean, requires no fuel, water, or electricity, and is available, even in the direst circumstances. Learn more from the Breastfeeding and Emergencies webpage.
News from the Field
Call for Papers on Ethical Issues, summarized from JHL
The Journal of Human Lactation has launched a call for papers to solicit manuscripts about ethical issues pertaining to lactation and breastfeeding or chestfeeding for the February 2020 issue. Ethical discussions of these topics have been limited within the professional literature, despite the short- and long-term health benefits of human milk to families and communities' health and wellbeing. JHL welcomes articles about a broad range of ethical concerns. Manuscripts are due by Monday, July 15.
State and Community News
Resource Guide and Scholarship Opportunity, summarized from San Diego
The San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition has published their annual free Breastfeeding Resource Guide: a central resource for information such as breastfeeding helplines, providers of lactation services, hospital breastfeeding services, general resources, anklyoglossia services, and breast pump companies serving San Diego County. In addition, SDCBC has announced a scholarship for the 2019 Lactation Consultant Course – Pathway 1 (Education Only) offered through the Vicki Wolfrum Memorial Fund. Applications are due by Thursday, February 28.
Webinar on Racial Equity in Federal Nutrition Policy, summarized from Bread for the World Institute
Join the Bread for the World Institute on Wednesday, March 6, from 3-4 p.m. ETfor a webinar titled "Applying a Racial Equity Lens to U.S. Federal Nutrition Policy: SNAP, WIC and Child Nutrition." The webinar will be an opportunity to celebrate a forthcoming report, "Applying a Racial Equity Lens to U.S. Federal Nutrition Programs: SNAP, WIC, and Child Nutrition." During this webinar, the Institute will also (1) launch the website to access the report, (2) review the definition and concept of racial equity, (3) share the methodology developed to apply a racial equity lens, and (4) highlight key recommendations from the report.
News & Views
Washington Update (National WIC Association blog): "Shutdown Averted and WIC Funding Assured as Trump Declares National Emergency"
Human Needs Report (Coalition on Human Needs blog): "CHN: House Passes Budgetary Rules Changes"