Weekly Wire: April 26, 2019

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
    • New T-Shirt Design: Support the USBC While You Shop!
    • Congratulations to the 2019 NBCC Awardees!
    • New Webpage of Monthly Observances and Breastfeeding Resources
    • Welcome New USBC Members: Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition & District of Columbia Breastfeeding Coalition
  • International News
    • World Breastfeeding Week 2019 Theme and Materials, summarized from WABA
  • National News
    • Systematic Review on Nutrition During Pregnancy and Infancy, summarized from CDC*
    • Report on Disparities in Obesity Prevalence, summarized from CDC*
    • Health in All Policies Webinar, summarized from NACCHO
  • State/Community News
    • Workplace Bill Signed Into Law, summarized from KY
  • ​Collective Impact Connection
    • ​Webinar on Asset-Based Community Development, summarized from Tamarack
    • Webinar on Building Inclusive Communities, summarized from Tamarack
  • Equity Lens
    • Article on Equity in Funding, summarized from HealthConnect One*
    • White Paper on CenteringPregnancy Payment Model, summarized from CHI*
    • Webinar on Reducing Child Poverty, summarized from NASEM
  • News & Views

*denotes a USBC member organization news item

USBC Updates

New "Support Changes Everything" Design: Support the USBC While You Shop!

The USBC has new products in our Cafepress store! A new line of t-shirts, hoodies, and gifts feature our fabulous new "Support Changes Everything" design in a variety of colors and styles.

Looking for the perfect Mother's Day or Father's Day gift? This is the time to order a t-shirt, water bottle, or tote bag for arrival by Sunday, May 12! The USBC receives a portion of the proceeds from every item sold, so your purchase helps create lasting change for breastfeeding families. 

Congratulations to the 2019 NBCC Awardees!

The USBC has launched a new webpage honoring the 2019 National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening award recipients. This year, the USBC awarded a total of 21 leaders from across the First Food field through three award categories: Emerging Leader, Tribal Trailblazer, and Cultural Changemaker. The webpage highlights the important work that these leaders are doing to support breastfeeding families. 

New Webpage of Monthly Observances and Breastfeeding Resources

The USBC has launched a new webpage titled "Monthly Observances & Breastfeeding Resources." As part of our mission to "drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States," the USBC has created a series of webpages to gather and disseminate breastfeeding news and resources related to monthly observances in the U.S. The Monthly Observances webpage provides quick links to existing observance pages and includes information on how to submit resources for observance pages that are currently under development. Find it in the News & Info tab on the USBC website. 

Welcome New USBC Members: Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition & District of Columbia Breastfeeding Coalition

The Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition is a new coalition member of the USBC with the mission to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding through education, collaboration, and advocacy. Formed in 1993, they have held their annual conference for 27 consecutive years, giving the people of Alaska evidence-based breastfeeding education as well as bringing new research and skills to IBCLCs, nurses, dietitians, birth workers, and breastfeeding supporters of all kinds. The Alaska Breastfeeding coalition also strives to further increase the expertise of those working with perinatal families by bringing a week-long lactation education course to their state. Today, the Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition is actively recruiting members from all diverse populations and encourages inclusivity in their language and in all areas of their activities. They are particularly working on supporting people of Alaska Native heritage by offering scholarships to their educational activities. Learn more about their work here!

The District of Columbia Breastfeeding Coalition was established to increase the breastfeeding rates of all infants living in the District of Columbia. For over a decade the DCBFC has worked in partnership with maternal and child health professionals, community health organizations, and mother-to-mother support groups, to promote, protect, and support culturally-sensitive programs and activities that build awareness and understanding of the preventive health benefits of breastfeeding. Today, the DCBFC is working to increase the number of mothers who breastfeed in the early postpartum period; increase the number of physicians and other primary health care providers in Washington, D.C. who include breastfeeding counseling and referral as part of routine care; encourage breastfeeding-friendly policies and procedures in all area hospitals and birthing centers, and so much more! Learn more about their work here!

International News

World Breastfeeding Week 2019 Theme and Materials, summarized from WABA

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has announced the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2019 theme: Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding. The #WBW2019 slogan was chosen to be inclusive of all types of parents. WABA has released a variety of materials to support individuals and organizations to participate, including the WBW objectives, logo, poster, infographic, and action folder. 

National News

*Systematic Review on Nutrition During Pregnancy and Infancy, summarized from CDC

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have published the results of the Pregnancy and Birth to 24 Months Systematic Review. The USDA's Nutrition Evidence Systematic Review team reviewed the evidence on diet and health for women who are pregnant and for infants and toddlers from birth to 24 months of age. Systematic reviews were conducted on specific topics related to dietary intake before and during pregnancy, infant milk feeding practices, complementary feeding, flavor exposures, and infant/toddler feeding practices. The project was completed in 2018, and the systematic reviews have been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Across the reviews, relationships were observed between P/B-24 diet exposures and a variety of outcomes of public health importance. Evidence showed links between dietary intake before and during pregnancy, during the period of human milk or infant formula feeding, and through introduction of complementary foods and beverages and health outcomes. Additionally, the reviews on flavor exposure and infant/toddler feeding practices highlight the importance of maternal diet during pregnancy and lactation and caregiver feeding strategies and practices.

*Report on Disparities in Obesity Prevalence, summarized from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has published a paper titled "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Adult Obesity in the United States: CDC's Tracking to Inform State and Local Action." The paper describes obesity burden by major racial/ethnic categories and outlines what CDC is doing to address these disparities. In addition to critical findings that disparities in obesity prevalence are disproportionately burdensome for particular populations, CDC reported that the current annual investment in CDC's obesity efforts equals to about 31 cents/person. The paper highlights the known causes of these disparities in obesity prevalence and what the CDC's Department of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity is doing to address them.

USBC Insight: Because breastfed children have a reduced risk of obesity, many federally-funded programs focused on reducing obesity include breastfeeding support. The paper specifically references two programs that include breastfeeding: the State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) program and the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program

Health in All Policies Webinar, summarized from NACCHO

Join the National Association of County and City Health Officials on Wednesday, May 8, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Local Approaches to HiAP Capacity Building." Presented as part of the Health in All Policies (HiAP) Technical Assistance webinar series, participants will hear from local health departments about how they have worked to build capacity within their health department and local governmental departments for HiAP.

State/Community News

Workplace Bill Signed Into Law, summarized from KY

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has signed the Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act into law. The law amends the Kentucky Civil Rights Act to require employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees related to pregnancy and childbirth, and extends existing protections against retaliation and discrimination to cover pregnancy and childbirth. The Pregnant Workers Act obligates employers with 15 or more employees in the State of Kentucky, in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year, to provide accommodations for an employee's own limitations related to her pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Related medical conditions is defined to include (but is not limited to) lactation and the need to express breast milk.

Collective Impact Connection

Webinar on Asset-Based Community Development, summarized from Tamarack

Join the Tamarack Institute on Tuesday, April 30, from 1-2 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Principles and Elements of Asset-Based Community Development." Presented as part of the Vibrant Communities series, speakers will discuss "Asset-Based Community Development" (ABCD), a method that emphasizes strengths, connections, citizen leadership and recognizes that individual gifts become powerful when they are connected together. The presentation will review the principles and practices of ABCD and discuss the latest paper on the four elements that make ABCD a distinctive process.

Webinar on Building Inclusive Communities, summarized from Tamarack

Join the Tamarack Institute on Thursday, May 9, from 1-2 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "How Do We Build Inclusive Communities?" Presenters will explore how loneliness and polarization are two growing threats to our society with a common solution of building inclusive community. The presentation will highlight stories about making neighborhoods places where everyone feels included and connected across differences that divide and isolate.

Equity Lens

*Article on Equity in Funding, summarized from HealthConnect One

HealthConnect One and the Northeast Mississippi Birthing Project have published an article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy titled "Philanthropy Can Make a Difference in Helping Black and Brown Mothers Survive Childbirth." The authors discuss issues of maternal and infant mortality in the U.S. and conclude that health equity cannot be achieved without equity in funding. They call for increased investment in community health workers to achieve equitable birth outcomes.

*White Paper on CenteringPregnancy Payment Model, summarized from CHI 

Centering Healthcare Institute has published a white paper titled "Aligning Value-Based Payment with the CenteringPregnancy Group Prenatal Care Model: Strategies to Sustain a Successful Model of Prenatal Care." The white paper explores new opportunities to promote improved outcomes and lower costs in maternity care through value-based payment strategies. It demonstrates how CenteringPregnancy can be an effective, financially sustainable model of maternity care that meets the goals of value-based payment contracts. Independently prepared by Health Management Associates, the report examines value-based payment in Medicaid maternity care; alternative payment models in maternity care across states; CenteringPregnancy as a model of prenatal group care – outcomes, evidence, cost, and savings; and CenteringPregnancy alignment with value-based payment framework.

Webinar on Reducing Child Poverty, summarized from NASEM

Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on Friday, April 26, from 1-2:15 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty." NASEM committee members will present findings from the recent National Academies' report on reducing child poverty. Speakers from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and First Focus will join the post-presentation discussion to offer their reactions to the report.

USBC Insight: The NASEM report identifies two packages of policies and programs that could reduce child poverty in the United States by half within 10 years, at a cost far lower than the estimated costs it bears from child poverty. It includes a review of research on paid family and medical leave outcomes, noting the evidence for paid leave's positive effects on parental, especially maternal employment and wages. However, the report stops short of including paid leave among its top recommendations for reducing child poverty.

News & Views

*1,000 Days blog: "Paid Leave Gains Momentum

Entrepreneur: "How I Got My Employer to Acknowledge My Nursing Issue"

KTVZ: "Oregon House OKs protections for pregnant, nursing mothers"

KCBS: "Lactation Stations Are Coming To Alameda"

NICHQ blog: "Are Your Hospital's Website Images Safe-Sleep Friendly?"

WAVE 3: "Space designed for traveling mothers opens at airport"

WKOW: "Organizations raise awareness for breastfeeding equity"

Women's Health Today: "How Cultures Protect the New Mother"


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