Weekly Wire: August 3, 2019

Weekly Wire: August 3, 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
    • Webinar On Collaborative Design
    • Welcome New Members: New Jersey Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. and Florida Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc.
  • Special Section on World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month
  • International News
    • Parents at Work Advocacy Tool, summarized from WABA
  • National News​
    • Policy on Lactation Support for Medical Trainees, summarized from AAFP
    • Webinar on WIC Legislative Agenda, summarized from NWA
    • Fairness for Breastfeeding Mother Act Signed Into Law, summarized from the White House
    • Online Dialogue on How to Support Breastfeeding Employees and Their Employers, summarized from DOL
    • FMLA Anniversary Tweet Storm, summarized from NPWF
    • Podcast On Realities of Starting a Family, summarized from March of Dimes
  • State/Community News​
    • Donor Milk Bill Signed Into Law, summarized from Connecticut
  • Equity Lens​
    • Primer on Pregnancy-Related Deaths, summarized from AHRQ
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Podcast on Data and the Social Sector, summarized from SSIR
    • Article on the Benefits of Sharing Results, summarized from Tamarack
  • News & Views

*denotes a USBC member organization news item

USBC Updates

Webinar On Collaborative Design

Join the USBC and the Breastfeeding Scholars of the Vital Village Network Boston Breastfeeding Coalition on Tuesday, August 13, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Emerging Leaders in the Lactation Profession: Co-designing Opportunities and Programs with Community." Part of the CDC-USBC Bi-Monthly Coalitions Webinar Series, speakers will discuss how they are committed to providing accessible and culturally competent breastfeeding support across Boston and highlight the critical importance of a collaborative design process to ensure a comprehensive IBCLC support pathway program developed to meet the needs and strengths of community lactation providers and the families that they serve. Register for the webinar.

Welcome New USBC Members: New Jersey Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. and Florida Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc.

The New Jersey Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. (NJBC) is a new coalition member of the USBC whose mission is "to improve the health of New Jersey families by working collaboratively to promote, protect and support breastfeeding." NJBC's vision is for New Jersey to normalize breastfeeding, support an inclusive breastfeeding environment, promote evidence-based and culturally sensitive breastfeeding education, information, and support, and ensure that everyone who breastfeeds or provides human milk has the resources to meet their goal. Some of their current statewide activities include: the creation of written educational materials/fact sheets on "Workplace Breastfeeding Rights," the development of a Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Recognition Program, and participation in the development of New Jersey hospital breastfeeding regulations. Learn more about their work!

The Florida Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. (FLBC) is a new coalition member of the USBC whose mission is to improve the health of Floridians by working collaboratively to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. The Florida Breastfeeding Coalition adopted strategic goals to achieve their mission and legacy, which are: to increase public acceptance of breastfeeding, increase public awareness of the health risks associated with not breastfeeding, promote behavioral change that results in increased rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration, and promote public policies that support breastfeeding and encourage active support for breastfeeding among key community leaders. FLBC has protected, promoted, and supported breastfeeding in their state by supporting breastfeeding friendly child care facilities and starting the Florida Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Award. Learn more about their work!

Special Section on World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Month! The theme of National Breastfeeding Month 2019 is Support Changes Everything. There are four sub-themes focusing on the following:

Help celebrate these exciting events by letting us know if your organization has an NBM webpage, resources, or virtual events planned via the online submission form and join the conversation at hashtags #NBM19, #SupportChangesEverything, and #WBW2019. Highlights from the field include: 

International News

Parents at Work Advocacy Tool, summarized from WABA

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has launched the "Parents at Work Advocacy Tool." The tool summarizes information about nationally mandated leave (maternity, paternity, and parental) and breastfeeding breaks in 195 countries. The tool is available as a full overview or broken down by region. Out of 195 countries studied, paternity and parental leave are only available in 100 and 66 countries respectively, and most countries offer at least some paid maternity leave. Progress is slow in meeting the World Health Organization recommendation for the provision of at least 6 months paid leave to support exclusive breastfeeding. Approximately half of the countries worldwide meet the International Labour Organization standards, including 47% of low-income countries, 43% of middle-income countries, and 77% of high-income countries. 

National News

*Policy on Lactation Support for Medical Trainees, summarized from AAFP

The American Academy for Family Physicians has published a policy titled "Breastfeeding and Lactation for Medical Trainees." The policy includes key recommendations from the American of Pediatrics' Physician Education and Training on Breastfeeding Action Plan, which was developed with key stakeholders from 12 organizations through the USBC-affiliated Physician Education & Training Constellation. The policy states that medical educators and healthcare facilities should establish environments for medical trainees that provide resources for successful continuation of breastfeeding. Key items needed include adequate lactation facilities, protected time for expression of breast milk or breastfeeding, and policies outlining roles and responsibilities to provide an environment of support for breastfeeding trainees. The policy also states that programs with family-friendly policies, like lactation support, may be better equipped to recruit and retain residents, fellow, and young faculty physicians. Highlights from the field include:

*Webinar on WIC Legislative Agenda, summarized from NWA

Join the National WIC Association on Tuesday, August 6, from 1-2 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "WIC Opportunities for the 116th Congress." NWA will walk members through their legislative agenda for the upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization process and share materials to help members advocate for important changes to strengthen WIC.

Fairness for Breastfeeding Mother Act Signed Into Law, summarized from the White House

The Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act was signed into law on Thursday, July 25. The act requires that certain public buildings that contain a public restroom also provide a lactation room, other than a bathroom, that is hygienic and available for use by a member of the public. This means that advocates and visitors to Capitol Hill, Senate and House office buildings, the Smithsonian buildings, courthouses, customshouses, and other federal facilities around the nation will have access to a clean, private lactation space. Highlights from the field include:

USBC Insight: The USBC circulated a letter of support for the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mother's Act, which was signed by 48 international, national, and tribal organizations and 38 regional, state, and local organizations. The impact of this letter was amplified by the more than 1,000 messages sent to Senators by their constituents through USBC's online action tool. The Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act was also highlighted as a policy priority at the USBC's Welcome Congress and Advocacy Day of Action events. Thank you to all of our signing partners and all who took action to advocate for this bill! 

Online Dialogue on How to Support Breastfeeding Employees and Their Employers, summarized from DOL

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Compliance Initiatives, Office of Disability Employment Policy, Wage and Hour Division, and Women's Bureau have announced the launch of the Supporting Nursing Mothers in the Workplace online dialogue. The public is invited to share their ideas on how DOL can help employers and nursing mothers understand their responsibilities and rights under Section 7(r) of the Fair Labor Standards Act – Break Time for Nursing Mothers Provision (the "Nursing Mothers Provision"). Coinciding with National Breastfeeding Month, this online dialogue provides the opportunity for employers, nursing mothers and their advocacy groups, as well as state and local policymakers, to play a key role in shaping DOL's compliance assistance strategies related to the implementation of the Nursing Mothers Provision. Ideas and comments gathered from this online dialogue will be used to guide DOL's work to expand and enhance compliance assistance resources and materials. The online dialogue will take place August 5 through August 16. During this period, you can join at any time to submit your ideas, comments, and votes. Please note that you must register on the ideascale website to submit comments. 

FMLA Anniversary Tweet Storm, summarized from NPWF

Join the National Partnership for Women & Families and the Paid Leave for All campaign on Monday, August 5, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a tweet storm to mark the 26th anniversary of the implementation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and call for paid leave for all. Join the conversation at hashtags #PaidLeave4All, #FAMILYAct, and #paidleave. Organizations can submit sample content to the tweet storm's social media toolkit and become a co-sponsor by signing up via the online form.

Podcast On Realities of Starting a Family, summarized from March of Dimes

March of Dimes has launched "Unspoken Stories: A March of Dimes Podcast." The podcast highlights conversations about pregnancy, parenthood, and loss. Hosted by actress and advocate Tatyana Ali, each episode features a parent's honest story about the realities of starting a family.

State/Community News

Donor Milk Bill Signed Into Law, summarized from Connecticut

Connecticut Governor Lamont has signed into law Public Act 19-48 - An Act Concerning Medicaid Coverage for Donor Breast Milk. The Act requires the Commissioner of Social Services to provide Medicaid reimbursement for pasteurized donor breast milk, provided there is an order that the donor breast milk is medically necessary for an infant. Infants who receive the donor breast milk must be medically or physically unable to receive maternal breast milk or participate in breast feeding, or the infant's mother must be medically or physically unable to produce maternal breast milk in sufficient quantities. The law went into effect July 1, 2019. Highlights from the field include:

Equity Lens

*Primer on Pregnancy-Related Deaths, summarized from AHRQ

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has published an updated patient safety primer on maternal safety. The primer looks at the significant risks associated with pregnancy and childbirth and how those risks are being addressed nationally through the development of maternal care safety bundles and safety tools.

Collective Impact Connection

Podcast on Data and the Social Sector, summarized from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released a podcast titled "Strengthening Data Capacity in the Social Sector." The podcast talks about the importance of building a data culture over technical expertise and how scaling up the social sector's data capacity requires champions at every level.

Article on the Benefits of Sharing Results, summarized from Tamarack

The Tamarack Institute has published a blog post titled "Why You Should Always Share Your Results." The author shares several reasons why it is crucial to always share results in a community change process and offers a few tips.

News & Views

*Breastfeeding USA blog: "#CLOSETHECAMPS"

Stars and Stripes: "Commandant praised by advocates for examining longer Marine parental leave"

Kotaku: "Streamer Sparks Debate Over Whether Twitch Should Allow Breastfeeding"

Condé Nast Traveler: "What to Know About Breastfeeding on a Plane"

Oswego County Today: "Rural Health Network Provides Lactation Rooms"

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