Weekly Wire: February 21, 2020

Weekly Wire: February 21, 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​
    • New Action Tool Urging Members of Congress to Support Funding for CDC Breastfeeding Support Programs
    • Open Call for Nominations for the USBC Board of Directors
  • National News​
    • Invitation to Join mPinc List Serv, summarized from CDC
    • Resource on Pumping During Military Field Training, summarized from Mom2Mom Global
    • Sign on Letter Supporting FY21 Funding for WIC, summarized from NWA
    • Cost Estimate for FAMILY Act Implementation, summarized from CBO
    • Nominations Sought for Infant Mortality Committee Members, summarized from HRSA
    • Free Access to Journal Articles, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
  • State and Community News
    • Breastfeeding Equity and Hospital Performance Report, summarized from California
  • Equity Lens
    • Supportive Postpartum Care Webinar, summarized from MIBFN
    • Health Equity and Social Justice Publication, summarized from NACCHO
    • Funding Opportunity for Research Centers in Minority Institutions, summarized from NIH
  • News & Views

*denotes a USBC member organization news item

USBC Updates

New Action Tool Urging Members of Congress to Support Funding for CDC Breastfeeding Support Programs

The USBC has launched an online action tool titled "Ask Congress to Invest in Breastfeeding Families." Individuals are encouraged to use the online tool to contact their members of Congress in support of Fiscal Year 2021 funding for CDC breastfeeding support programs. The USBC closely monitors the federal budget process and mobilizes the field to take action during strategic moments in the negotiation process. Learn more about the federal budget process.

Open Call for Nominations for the USBC Board of Directors

The USBC Nominating Committee has announced the Open Call for Nominations to generate a slate of candidates and elect a new cohort to the USBC Board of Directors. Positions for election by 2020 slate include Chair Elect, Secretary, and an additional five Elected Directors from among the Voting Members' representatives to the USBC. If you would like the Nominating Committee to consider you as a candidate this year, or if you know a talented member of the community you would like to nominate, please complete the nomination survey. Please note that, per USBC bylaws, only representatives of USBC's Voting Member organizations are eligible for board service.

National News

*Invitation to Join mPinc List Serv, summarized from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed a CDC-MPINC-UPDATE listserv to inform hospitals and other stakeholders about future Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) surveys. CDC's mPINC survey assesses maternity care practices and provides feedback to encourage hospitals to make improvements that better support breastfeeding. 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.

*Resource on Pumping During Military Field Training, summarized from Mom2Mom Global

Mom2Mom Global has published a resource titled "Pumping and Storing Milk During Field Training and Mobility Exercises." The resource provides practical information on maintaining milk supply, expressing milk, as well as pump cleaning and maintenance for lactating servicemembers. 

*Sign on Letter Supporting FY21 Funding for WIC, summarized from NWA

The National WIC Association has launched a joint letter urging members of Congress to support funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. The letter requests $6 billion in overall budget authority for WIC, including $90 million for the breastfeeding peer counselors program. Organizations are invited to sign on by the deadline of Friday, February 28.

Cost Estimate for FAMILY Act Implementation, summarized from CBO

The Congressional Budget Office has released a cost estimate of the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act (H.R. 1185/S. 463) based in part on utilization data from the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) and state paid leave programs. CBO estimates that enacting the FAMILY Act would result in total expenditures of about $547 billion over a ten-year period (2020-2030), including paying out $521 billion in benefits and an additional $28 billion to set up and administer the program.

Nominations Sought for Infant Mortality Committee Members, summarized from HRSA

The Health Resources and Services Administration has published a notice in the Federal Register titled "Solicitation of Nominations for Membership To Serve on the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality." The Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (ACIM) provides advice to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on HHS activities and programs directed at reducing infant mortality and improving the health status of pregnant women and infants. With a focus on life course, ACIM addresses disparities in maternal health to improve maternal health outcomes, including preventing and reducing maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity. Written nominations for membership on the ACIM must be received on or before Monday, February 24.

Free Access to Journal Articles, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine

Breastfeeding Medicine has announced open access through Saturday, February 29, to the following articles:

State and Community News

Breastfeeding Equity and Hospital Performance Report, summarized from California

The California WIC Association and the UC Davis Human Lactation Center have published a policy report titled "Achieving Breastfeeding Equity in California: Are hospitals doing enough to support at-risk families?" The publication includes state and county fact sheets reporting on hospital breastfeeding rates and policies. The report uses in-hospital infant feeding data, generated by the Newborn Screening Program in California's delivery hospitals.

Equity Lens

*Supportive Postpartum Care Webinar, summarized from MIBFN

The Michigan Breastfeeding Network has launched an on-demand webinar titled "Breastfeeding and the Fourth Trimester." In this webinar, Anishinaabe doula and community educator Raeanne Madison will introduce participants to traditional postpartum recovery practices to support the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health of new parents in the first 4-6 weeks after birth. She will also make connections between postpartum care and successful lactation. Through the presentation, participants will create a vision of supportive postpartum care for families in their local areas.

Health Equity and Social Justice Publication, summarized from NACCHO

The National Association of County and City Health Officials has published a free handbook titled "Advancing Public Narrative for Health Equity and Social Justice." The publication includes guidance in identifying, examining, and countering dominant public narratives and the systems that support them. Relying on examples, exercises, and questions for reflection and dialogue, this resource supports public health practitioners and their allies in becoming effective narrative strategists as they strive to achieve health equity. The handbook also offers insights to promote a social justice-based public narrative to realize a more equitable and socially just society by engaging people in collective action. It is recommended for use in a facilitated dialogue process.

Funding Opportunity for Research Centers in Minority Institutions, summarized from NIH

The National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), has launched a funding opportunity titled "Research Centers in Minority Institutions." The purpose of the Research Centers in Minority Institutions Program is to expand the national capacity for research in the health sciences by providing cooperative agreement support to institutions that offer doctorate degrees in the health professions or in a health-related science and have a historical and current commitment to educating underrepresented students, and for institutions that deliver health care, and provide clinical services to medically underserved communities. NIMHD intends to fund three awards, and applications are due Tuesday, April 14. NIMHD will conduct a Technical Assistance webinar for prospective applicants on Monday, February 24, at 3 p.m. ET.

News & Views

The Atlantic: "The Ominous Rise of Toddler Milk"

*HealthConnectOne blog: "Women Experiencing Incarceration Learn Community-Based Doula Skills"

*Lactation Matters: "Ten Things IBCLCs Need to Know About the Gut Microbiome"

Ms.: "The Real Cost-Benefit Analysis of Paid Leave"

*NIH news release: "Breastfeeding may reduce type 2 diabetes risk among women with gestational diabetes, NIH study suggests"

Representative Maloney press release: "Rep. Maloney Announces Bipartisan Co-Leads of PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act"

Star Tribune: "St. Paul City Hall to get 'mother's room' for nursing moms"

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