Weekly Wire: January 10, 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
- PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act Action Opportunities and Resources
- January Racial Equity Webinar
- National News
- Bill to Close Gaps in Federal Protections for Breastfeeding Employees Introduced, summarized from Congress
- Revised Protocol on Bedsharing and Breastfeeding, summarized from ABM
- 500 Cities Project Data Updated, summarized from CDC
- Report on Leading Causes of Death in Females, summarized from CDC
- CBO Report on TSA Screening Bill, summarized from GAO
- Report on Paid Family Leave and Labor Market Attachment, summarized from IWPR
- Workshop on Nutrition During Pregnancy and Lactation, summarized from NASEM
- State and Community News
- Paid Leave Policy for State Employees Enacted, summarized from New Mexico
- Paid Leave Policy for State Employees Signed, summarized from Tennessee
- Paid Leave Program Resources, summarized from Washington
- State Policy Recommendations to Improve Infant Health, summarized from CAP
- Report on New State Policies to Support Public Health, summarized from Ounce of Prevention
- Collective Impact Connection
- Webinar on Creating Cross-Sector Partnerships, summarized from PHTC
- News & Views
*denotes a USBC member organization news item
PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act Action Opportunities and Resources
The Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act (S. 3170) has been introduced in the Senate with bipartisan support. The USBC has released a variety of resources and action opportunities to support this critical legislation:
- Action Tool: Individuals are invited to contact their Members of Congress about the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act with USBC's online action tool: "Ask your Members of Congress to Support Breastfeeding Employees." Individuals who have already contacted their Senators and Representative through the online action tool are encouraged to reach out again. The action tool's messages have been updated to reflect the final bill language and legislative status.
- Sign On Letter: Organizations are invited to sign on to a joint letter urging Members of Congress to cosponsor the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act by completing the online form. Please share this sign on opportunity widely with the organizations in your network. The deadline to sign on is Friday, January 24.
- Press Release: USBC has published a press release titled "Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Close Gaps in Federal Protections for Breastfeeding Employees."
- Webpage: USBC has published the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act webpage featuring bill information, action opportunities, media coverage, and related resources. Share additional resources and news articles via the online submission form.
January Racial Equity Webinar
Join the USBC on Tuesday, January 28, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. for the next webinar in the Racial Equity Webinar Series. The webinar will feature Kiddada Green from the Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association. Register for the webinar series.
Bill to Close Gaps in Federal Protections for Breastfeeding Employees Introduced, summarized from Congress
Senator Merkley (D-OR), Senator Murkowski (R-AK), Senator Duckworth (D-IL), and Senator Booker (D-NJ) have introduced the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act (S. 3180). This bipartisan legislation would protect and expand workers' right to breastfeed by extending the existing Break Time for Nursing Mothers law to cover salaried employees as well as other categories of employees currently exempted from protections. The bill would also ensure that breastfeeding employees have access to remedies that are available for other violations of the FLSA, so that employers can be held accountable when they do not comply. Partner and media highlights included:
- USBC Press Release: "Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Close Gaps in Federal Protections for Breastfeeding Employees"
- Senator Merkley Press Release: "Merkley, Murkowski, Duckworth, Booker Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Expand Breastfeeding Protections At Work"
- Senator Murkowski Press Release: "Merkley, Murkowski, Duckworth, Booker Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Breastfeeding Protections At Work"
- The Huffington Post: "Senators Propose New Protections For Breastfeeding Workers"
*Revised Protocol on Bedsharing and Breastfeeding, summarized from ABM
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has published an updated protocol titled "Bedsharing and Breastfeeding: The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocol #6, Revision 2019." The report notes that the research conducted to date on bedsharing and breastfeeding indicates that nighttime proximity facilitates breastfeeding duration and exclusivity. Discussions about safe bedsharing should be incorporated into guidelines for pregnancy and postnatal care. Existing evidence does not support the conclusion that bedsharing among breastfeeding infants (i.e., breastsleeping) causes sudden infant death syndrome in the absence of known hazards.
*500 Cities Project Data Updated, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced the release of updated city and census tract estimates for the 500 Cities Project, based on data from the 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. The 500 Cities Project is a partnership between the CDC's Division of Population Health in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the CDC Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The purpose of the 500 Cities Project is to provide city- and census tract-level small area estimates for chronic disease risk factors, health outcomes, and clinical preventive service use for the largest 500 cities in the United States.
*Report on Leading Causes of Death in Females, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published a report titled "Leading Causes of Death in Females, United States." The report describes the leading causes of death in females by race and age groups.
USBC Insight: The evidence for the value of breastfeeding to children's and women's health is scientific, solid, and continually reaffirmed by new research. Breastfeeding is proven to prevent a wide range of illnesses and conditions. Women who breastfed their children have a reduced long-term risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and breast and ovarian cancers.
CBO Report on TSA Screening Bill, summarized from GAO
The Congressional Budget Office has published a cost estimate titled "S. 2381, Traveling Parents Screening Consistency Act of 2019." The Traveling Parents Screening Consistency Act would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the Transportation Security Administration's implementation of the Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening Act. Using information about the cost of other GAO studies, CBO estimates that the review would cost less than $500,000.
Report on Paid Family Leave and Labor Market Attachment, summarized from IWPR
The Institute for Women's Policy Research has released a report titled "Paid Family Leave Increases Mothers' Labor Market Attachment." The report underscores the long-term effects of paid family leave on women's participation in the workforce. The analysis of states that have implemented paid leave policies found a 20 percent reduction in the number of women leaving their jobs in the first year after welcoming a child, and up to a 50 percent reduction after five years.
Workshop on Nutrition During Pregnancy and Lactation, summarized from NASEM
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have announced that a two-day public workshop titled "Nutrition During Pregnancy and Lactation: Exploring New Evidence" will take place January 29-30. The workshop will explore the current state of the science on nutrients, dietary patterns, nutritional supplements, and other nutrition-based topics relevant to pregnancy and lactation. The workshop topics will include discussion of equity in access to nutritional care for women of childbearing age. Register to join via webcast.
State and Community News
Paid Leave Policy for State Employees Enacted, summarized from New Mexico
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed an executive order to establish a 12-week paid leave policy for state employees caring for a new child. The policy took effect on Wednesday, January 1, and impacts all state departments and agencies under the governor's authority. Read the press release.
Paid Leave Policy for State Employees Signed, summarized from Tennessee
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has signed an executive order to establish a 12-week paid family leave policy for state employees. The new policy will go into effect on Sunday, March 1, to provide sufficient time for the Department of Human Resources to draft policy guidance, train managers, and ensure accurate tracking of time and leave. Read the press release.
Paid Leave Program Resources, summarized from Washington
Washington state's paid leave program has begun accepting applications and paying benefits. Visit the program webpage to access information for individuals, employers, and health care providers.
USBC Insight: Washington paid leave legislation was passed in 2017, and the program began collecting premium contributions in 2019. See the National Partnership for Women and Families' state paid leave statutes chart for information on how the Washington paid leave program compares to other state paid leave programs.
State Policy Recommendations to Improve Infant Health, summarized from CAP
The Center for American Progress has released a report titled "Opportunities for States To Improve Infant Health Outcomes." This brief provides detailed information about infant health at the state level and pairs these data on health outcomes with information on state-level policy action. To help illustrate geographical and racial disparities in infant health outcomes, the accompanying interactive tools allow users to explore where and for whom the infant health crisis is most severe as well as what states are doing to address this challenge. The brief highlights policy recommendations that would benefit both mothers and infants, including paid family leave and support for the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.
Report on New State Policies to Support Public Health, summarized from Ounce of Prevention
Ounce of Prevention has released a report titled "2019 State Policy Update Report". The report provides advocates with snapshots of policy changes in 33 states across early care and education, home visiting, early intervention, physical and mental health, and other areas. State reports can be found in the appendix.
Collective Impact Connection
Webinar on Creating Cross-Sector Partnerships, summarized from PHTC
The Region IV Public Health Training Center is hosting a webinar titled "Embracing Public Health 3.0 and Creating Cross-Sector Partnerships" on Monday, January 13, from 12-1:30 p.m. ET. This presentation will discuss lessons learned by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Upstate Public Health Region and the Tennessee Department of Health as well as how minor adjustments can lead to stronger cross-sectoral community partnerships.
News & Views
A Better Balance blog: "The PUMP Act Would Extend Protections to Millions of Nursing Parents"
*Baby-Friendly USA blog: "There Are Now More than 600 Baby-Friendly Designated Facilities in the US!"
Bradenton Herald: "Congress wants small airports to have 'mothers' rooms. Bradenton beat them to it"
*Lactation Matters: "Fighting Cross-Marketing of 'Follow-up' Milks"
Medical Xpress: "Study reveals breastfeeding could protect babies from malaria"
The Chicago Tribune: "Breast milk depots growing in Wisconsin, which feed Elk Grove Village milk bank"
The Sacramento Bee: "Congress wants small airports to have 'mothers' rooms. Fresno beat them to it"