Weekly Wire: February 6, 2020

Weekly Wire: February 6, 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​
    • Black History Month Resources Webpage
    • NBCC 2020 Presentation Proposal and Award Application Deadline Approaching
  • International News​
    • Sri Lanka Achieves Highest Rating for Breastfeeding Support, summarized from WBTi
  • National News​
    • Updated PRAMS Data Released, summarized from CDC 
    • New Protocols on Methodology for Answering Scientific Questions, summarized from DGAC 
    • Update on LactMed Database and App, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
    • New and Updated PWFA Resources, summarized from ABB 
    • Hearing on Expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act, summarized from Congress 
  • State and Community News
    • Hospitals Invited to Participate in New ENRICH Hospital Cohorts, summarized from CGBI
    • Webinar on State Paid Family Leave Policies, summarized from NCSL 
  • Equity Lens
    • Report on Changes to Maternity Mortality Surveillance, summarized from CDC
    • Webinar on Combating Racism in Health Systems, summarized from NICHQ 
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Webinar on Systems Change Evaluation, summarized from FSG  
  • News & Views

 *denotes a USBC member organization news item

USBC Updates

Black History Month Resources Webpage 

February is Black History Month! The USBC has published a webpage titled "Black History Month Tools & Resources." The webpage features a compilation of resources, tools, and materials from USBC and the field. Please send additional resources to newsletter@usbreastfeeding.org

NBCC 2020 Presentation Proposal and Award Application Deadline Approaching

The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee is 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."  

International News

Sri Lanka Achieves Highest Rating for Breastfeeding Support, summarized from WBTi

The World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative has announced that, for the first time ever, a country has achieved classification as a "green" nation in breastfeeding support. Sri Lanka is the only country so far to achieve "green" status, scoring 91/100 on WBTi's scoring matrix. WBTi is a global initiative that assesses the status and progress of the implementation of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding at national levels. Read the press release

National News

 *Updated PRAMS Data Released, summarized from CDC 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced the release of the 2018 Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) data. PRAMS collects state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy. The questionnaire includes questions on prenatal care, breastfeeding, WIC participation, and more. PRAMS is funded in 50 sites covering 83% of all live births in the U.S. Researchers can request the most recent year of data, as well as prior years' data. 

New Protocols on Methodology for Answering Scientific Questions, summarized from DGAC 

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has published a new set of protocols. The Advisory Committee reviews the scientific evidence on specific nutrition and health topics from pregnancy to birth and into older adulthood. For each scientific question, a specific protocol – or plan – is created to describe the methodology that will be used to answer the question. Each protocol is created before the Advisory Committee examines any evidence. Icons designate which protocols are new or recently updated. Members of the public can submit comments on the new protocols through Friday, February 7. 

USBC Insight: The 2020-2025 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans will include, for the first time, guidance for infants and toddlers (from birth to age 24 months), and women who are pregnant and lactating. Several new protocols have been published from the Pregnancy and Lactation Subcommittee. 

Update on LactMed Database and App, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine 

Breastfeeding Medicine has published an article titled "Antiepileptic Drugs During Breastfeeding." The article includes an update on the LactMed database and LactMed® app. The LactMed database contains information on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant. The update is reprinted here in full: 

"Changes to LactMed: The National Library of Medicine has recently made some decisions that affect LactMed. First, all Toxnet databases are being either dropped, combined with other databases, or transitioned to a different platform. LactMed will now be available only at the NLM Bookshelf site: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK501922/ Information in the database is the same as on the former Toxnet site and it will continue to be updated monthly, around the third Tuesday of each month. Second, the LactMed® app will be dropped. This means that LactMed will only be available via a browser on the NLM Bookshelf as noted above. The app that you might have on your device at the current time is about 2 years out of date, so you are encouraged to use NLM Bookshelf to access LactMed."

New and Updated PWFA Resources, summarized from ABB 

A Better Balance has published a series of materials related to the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 2694). The bill prohibits employment practices that discriminate against making reasonable accommodations for job applicants or employees affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. The new and updated resources include: 

Hearing on Expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act, summarized from Congress 

The House Education and Labor Workforce Protections Subcommittee has announced that it will hold a hearing titled "Balancing Work, Health, and Family: The Case for Expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act" on Tuesday, February 11, at 2 p.m. ET.  

State and Community News

 *Hospitals Invited to Participate in New ENRICH Hospital Cohorts, summarized from CGBI 

The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Initiative has announced that all hospitals in North and South Carolina that are interested in participating in the ENRICH Carolinas project are invited to watch an informational webinar and submit their interest via the online form. The ENRICH Carolinas project provides direct technical assistance to hospitals and communities engaged in maternity care improvement efforts, with an aim to increase the number of births in the Carolinas occurring in facilities working to improve maternity care practices through Baby-Friendly designation or a similar state recognition program. 

Webinar on State Paid Family Leave Policies, summarized from NCSL 

The National Conference of State Legislatures will host a webinar titled "Paid Family Leave Policies and the Role of State Policymakers" on Thursday, February 7 at 2 p.m. ET. Participants will learn what actions states are taking to realize the health, educational, and financial benefits of paid family and medical leave.

Equity Lens

 *Report on Changes to Maternity Mortality Surveillance, summarized from CDC 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics have published several reports on maternal mortality rates and the incremental implementation of the pregnancy status checkbox item on the 2003 revised U.S. Standard Certificate of Death.

Webinar on Combating Racism in Health Systems, summarized from NICHQ 

The National Institute for Children's Health Quality will host a webinar titled "From Awareness to Action: Strategies for Combating Racism in Health Systems" on Thursday, February 13, from 3-4 p.m. ET. Presented as part of NICHQ's health equity series, the presentation will focus on providing strategies and guidance that individuals can use to identify and address racism and racial bias. 

Collective Impact Connection 

Webinar on Systems Change Evaluation, summarized from FSG 

FSG and the Collective Impact Forum will host a webinar titled "Evaluating Systems Change Efforts: Where to Start" on Friday, February 28, from 1-2 p.m. ET. Presenters will delve into how evaluating system change is different from evaluating programs, and will talk about some of the core evaluation principles needed when advancing systems change work. 

News & Views

Breastfeeding Medicine: "Putting the 'M' in Breastfeeding Medicine

 * CGBI blog: "First HBCU Lactation Consultant Training Program: Johnson C Smith University

The Daily Pennsylvanian: "Penn added over 50 lactation spaces across campus in the last decade

The Huffington Post: "Formula Companies Are Cashing In On 'Toddler Milk.' Don't Fall For It.

Naval Systems Sea Command: "Norfolk Naval Shipyard Wins Silver Rating for Nursing Mother-Friendly Workplace

NICHQ Insights: "A Roadmap for Authentic Community Engagement

NIH news release: "Pregnancy, breastfeeding may lower risk of early menopause, NIH-funded study suggests

Ohio Capital Journal: "Paid family and medical leave would help families, boost economy

Yahoo! Finance: "The idea of paid family leave is finally gaining steam in Congress

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