Weekly Wire: January 24, 2020

Weekly Wire: January 24, 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​
    • PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act Action Opportunities; organizational sign-on deadline TODAY
    • NBCC 2020 Call for Presentation Proposals and Award Applications Open; deadline February 16
  • National News​
    • Congressional Subcommittee Hearing on Maternal and Infant Health, summarized from Congress
    • Congressional Committee Hearing on Paid Leave, summarized from Congress
    • Invitation to Join New mPINC List Serv, summarized from CDC
  • State and Community News
    • Paid Leave Storybook from Small Business Owners, summarized from Main Street Alliance
  • Equity Lens
    • Breastfeeding and Racial Equity Webinar, summarized from MIBFN
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Collaboration Innovation and Collective Impact Webinar, summarized from Tamarack
  • News & Views

 * denotes a USBC member organization news item

USBC Updates

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.

NBCC 2020 Call for Presentation Proposals and Award Applications Open

The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee is pleased to announce that it is now accepting presentation proposals and awards applications for the Tenth National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening (NBCC), scheduled for June 12-13, 2020, in Scottsdale, Arizona. The theme of this year's convening is "Many Voices United: Transforming the Landscape of Breastfeeding."

National News

Congressional Subcommittee Hearing on Maternal and Infant Health, summarized from Congress

The House Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee and Workforce Protections Subcommittee will host a subcommittee hearing titled "Expecting More: Addressing America's Maternal and Infant Health Crisis" on Tuesday, January 28, at 10:15 a.m. ET.

Congressional Committee Hearing on Paid Leave, summarized from Congress

The House Ways and Means Committee will host a hearing titled "Legislative Proposals for Paid Family and Medical Leave" on Tuesday, January 28, at 10 a.m. ET. Any individual or organization may submit a written statement for consideration by the Committee and inclusion in the printed record of the hearing. 

USBC Insight: The National Partnership for Women & Families has invited organizations to sign on to a joint letter supporting the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act. The letter will be submitted for the hearing record. Complete the online form to sign on.

*Invitation to Join New mPINC List Serv, summarized from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed a CDC-MPINC-UPDATE listserv to inform hospitals and other stakeholders about future Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) surveys. The purpose of this listserv is to provide listserv members with periodic updates on the status of the mPINC survey. Signing up for this listserv is voluntary and most messages will be sent during mPINC data collection, which is typically about six months every other year. Listserv participants may opt out at any time. If you have questions about the mPINC survey or would like to sign up for the listserv, please email mpinc@cdc.gov with your full name and email address.

State and Community News

Paid Leave Storybook from Small Business Owners, summarized from Main Street Alliance

Main Street Alliance has published a story book titled "Voices of Virginia's Main Street: Paid Family & Medical Leave Stories from Small Business Owners." The story book features 12 stories from small business owners in Virginia. Every business owner spotlighted makes the case for a national paid family and medical leave program to help support small businesses and their employees.

Equity Lens

Breastfeeding and Racial Equity Webinar, summarized from MIBFN

The Michigan Breastfeeding Network has released an on-demand webinar titled "Breastfeeding and Racial Equity." The presentation provides a historical overview of breastfeeding as a racial equity issue. The speaker, Kenyetta Jackson, outlines the unique challenges Black and Indigenous families face and how breastfeeding supporters can take action to ensure that all families have the choice to breastfeed.

Collective Impact Connection

Collaboration Innovation and Collective Impact Webinar, summarized from Tamarack

The Tamarack Institute has released a recorded webinar titled "Four Agendas for Leading Multi-stakeholder Collaboration." The presenters introduce and define the "collaborative innovation" approach and provide a roadmap to guide how collaborative innovation can unfold. The speakers also present the "four agendas" of collaborative innovation that build momentum, accountability, and meaningful change: connecting, aligning, learning, and making.

News & Views

Business Insider: "The WNBA has a new CBA that increases player salaries, ensures maternity leave, and improves marketing and travel for the league"

Channel 3000: "City, County officials expand number of breast pumping rooms for public and employees"

Early Learning Nation: "Let's Seize Paid Family and Medical Leave Momentum and Make the 2020s the Decade When America Values Families"

Equal Rights Advocates press release: "Grocery Workers Reach $2.8M Settlement in Pregnancy Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit"

Fremont News Messenger: "Meet Your Neighbor: Breastfeeding coalition seeks support"

The Lily: "Women outweigh men in the workforce. It's time to take the plight of working moms seriously."

NEC Society blog: "How to Optimize the Use of Mother's Own Milk in the NICU"

NICHQ blog: "National Action Teams Promote Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding Across the Country"

Tamarack Institute blog: "Tamarack's Top 10: Kickstart Your 2020 Learning"

UGA News: "Women still face barriers to breastfeed at work"

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