Weekly Wire: January 17, 2020
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
- NBCC 2020 Call for Presentation Proposals and Award Applications Open
- January Racial Equity Webinar
- PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act Action Opportunities
- National News
- House Committee Advances Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, summarized from Congress
- Free Breastfeeding and Pumping Images Available, summarized from CDC/GBC
- Free Access to Ethics Papers, summarized from JHL
- Senate Passes Resolution Recognizing U.S. Leadership in Progress Against Malnutrition, summarized from Congress
- Equity Lens
- National Day of Racial Healing, summarized from WKKF
- News & Views
*denotes a USBC member organization news item
NBCC 2020 Call for Presentation Proposals and Award Applications Open
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee is pleased to announce that we are now accepting presentation proposals and awards applications for the Tenth National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening (NBCC), to be hosted June 12-13, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The theme of this year's convening is "Many Voices United: Transforming the Landscape of Breastfeeding."
- Read about the inclusive conference goals and objectives for this singular in-person forum.
- Explore the learning arcs and online proposal process. Proposals must be submitted by Sunday, February 16.
- Learn more about the awards categories and application. The deadline to apply for NBCC awards is Sunday, February 16.
January Racial Equity Webinar
Join the USBC and Kiddada Green of Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association on Tuesday, January 28, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET, for a webinar titled "Envisioning a Breastfeeding-Friendly System 2.0." Presented as part of the Racial Equity webinar series, the presentation will explore the key elements of a breastfeeding-friendly system that tackles breastfeeding inequities at both a public and private/institutional level. Register for the webinar series.
PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act Action Opportunities
The USBC has launched a joint letter urging Members of Congress to cosponsor the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act. The PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act would extend coverage of the existing Break Time for Nursing Mothers law to an additional 9 million workers and would create a clear mechanism for holding employers accountable when they do not comply. Organizations are invited to sign on 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. In addition, individuals are encouraged to contact Members of Congress in support of the bill with USBC's online action tool. Media highlights include:
- KTVZ: "Merkley seeks to expand worker breastfeeding protections"
- Supermajority News: "Newly Introduced Bill Would Further Strengthen The Right to Pump At Work"
House Committee Advances Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, summarized from Congress
The House Education and Labor Committee has advanced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R.2694) with bipartisan support. The PWFA aims to eliminate discrimination and promote women's health and economic security by ensuring reasonable workplace accommodations for workers whose ability to perform the functions of a job are limited by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. The bill now moves to the full House for a vote. Read the press release. Highlights from the field include:
- A Better Balance action tool: "Tell Your Representative to Co-Sponsor the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act!"
- A Better Balance press release: "A Better Balance Applauds House Committee's Bipartisan Approval of Pregnant Workers Fairness Act"
- A Better Balance, American Civil Liberties Union, National Partnership for Women & Families, U.S. Chamber of Commerce coalition letter: "Coalition Letter on H.R. 2694, the 'Pregnant Workers Fairness Act'"
- Forbes: "'Long Overdue' Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Advances From Committee"
- National Partnership for Women & Families press statement: "National Partnership Applauds Bipartisan Approval of Pregnant Workers Fairness Act in Markup"
- The Hill: "Improving federal law for pregnant workers"
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce press release: "U.S. Chamber of Commerce Applauds Committee Approval of Pregnant Workers Fairness Act"
USBC Insight: Thank you to all who participated in our Advocacy Day at Capitol Hill event in June to help make this possible! During the event, 57 individuals from 27 states connected with their Senators and Representative at in-person visits to discuss key policy priorities, including the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.
*Free Breastfeeding and Pumping Images Available, summarized from CDC/GBC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in partnership with the Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition, have published a group of royalty-free photos of breastfeeding and pumping in everyday settings. The photos are available through the CDC's State and Community Health Media Center at no cost to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. To access these photos, select "Nutrition: Breastfeeding" in the "Topics" dropdown menu while searching.
*Free Access to Ethics Papers, summarized from JHL
The Journal of Human Lactation, the journal of the International Lactation Consultants Association, has announced free access to a series of papers for the next three months. The papers were chosen by the JHL's editors and address ethical issues in lactation.
- "Disparities in Donor Human Milk Supplementation Among Well Newborns"
- "Ethical Issues in Use of Medications During Lactation"
- "Ethics in Early Life Care and Lactation Practice" (editorial)
- "Are Modern Complementary Food Packaging, Devices and Teats Compatible with International Guidance on Complementary Feeding?"
Senate Passes Resolution Recognizing U.S. Leadership in Progress Against Malnutrition, summarized from Congress
The Senate has unanimously passed a resolution recognizing the importance of sustained United States leadership to accelerating global progress against maternal and child malnutrition (S.Res.260). The resolution recognizes the importance of U.S. leadership to improve nutrition and health of children and mothers around the world and supports the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) commitment to global nutrition through its multi-sectoral nutrition strategy. The resolution also includes language stating that scientific evidence supports the benefits of improved breastfeeding practices on the short-term and long-term health and development of children and their mothers.
National Day of Racial Healing, summarized from WKKF
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced that the 2020 National Day of Racial Healing will be held on Tuesday, January 21. The annual National Day of Racial Healing originated as part of WKKF's national Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation efforts – a national, community-based process of transformative, sustainable change, addressing the historic and contemporary effects of racism. WKKF has also published a participant toolkit with engagement examples, sample graphics, and social media posts.
News & Views
Burlington Free Press: "Vermont's first milk bank opens for parents who can't breastfeed"
CBS Sunday Morning: "Fighting for overdue protections for pregnant workers"
Eureka Alert: "Managing cannabis use in breastfeeding women"
HR Morning: "Bottom-line maternity benefits all good firms offer"
Park Slope Patch: "Breastfeeding 'Pod' Unveiled At Atlantic Terminal"
Reform Austin: "The Cost of Running for Office as a Woman in Texas"
The Huffington Post Canada: "B.C. MLA Jennifer Rice Says Co-Breastfeeding 'Makes Me Feel More Like A Mom'"