Weekly Wire: February 27, 2020

Weekly Wire: February 27, 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​
    • Action Alert: PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act
    • Conference Exhibitor, Marketing, Advertising Opportunities Available
    • Racial Equity Webinar on a Breastfeeding-Friendly System
    • Power Tools Webinar on Ethical Leadership
    • Welcome New UBSC Member: The Kiji Sisterhood
  • National News​
    • Dietary Guidelines Public Meeting Announcement, summarized from USDA/HHS
    • State Investments in Head Start and Early Head Start Brief, summarized from NHSA
    • REACH Funding Sign On Letter, summarized from SOPHE
  • Equity Lens
    • Community-Based Doulas and Birth Medicalization Policy Brief, summarized from HealthConnect One
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Podcast Launch, summarized from Collective Impact Forum
  • News & Views

 *denotes a USBC member organization news item

USBC Updates

Action Alert: PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act

The USBC has updated the "Ask your Members of Congress to Support Breastfeeding Employees" online action tool to reflect the current status of the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act (S. 3170/H.R. 5592). The bill 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. The next step in the Congressional process is for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions to hold a bill hearing and for the House Committee on Education & Workforce to hold a bill markup. Individuals are encouraged to contact their members of Congress to urge their support. In addition, the USBC is continuing to collect signatures on the joint letter urging members of Congress to cosponsor the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act. Organizations are invited to sign on by completing the online form. Action is especially needed from individuals and organizations in Alabama, North Carolina, New York, Tennessee, and Washington. 

Conference Exhibitor, Marketing, Advertising Opportunities Available!

USBC has announced the 2020 National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening marketing opportunities. The NBCC offers a range of options at various price points. Sponsorship options include supporting our Networking Event or Lactation Lounge, offering a branded water bottle to attendees, sponsoring the 2020 NBCC app, and more! Half- and full-page ads in the program book are available, as well as the option to put an item or flyer in the attendee bag. We offer a range of fees for small and large for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations. Learn more about NBCC marketing opportunities and complete an online application today. USBC marketing and sponsorship opportunities are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Racial Equity Webinar on a Breastfeeding-Friendly System

Join the USBC and Kiddada Green of Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association on Monday, March 2, from 1:30-3:00 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

Power Tools Webinar on Ethical Leadership

Join the USBC and Lisa Akers of Union Institute and University, along with speakers from Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the International Lactation Consultant Association, on Wednesday, March 18, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. for a webinar titled "Ethical Leadership: What does this mean for my organization?"  In this presentation, attendees will gain a better understanding of how the topic of ethics plays into various organizational types. Attendees will learn to differentiate between and among nonprofit laws and duties and how each of these affects the ethics of their organization. To bring the topic of ethical leadership to life, participants will experience authentic organizational case studies as presented by organizations outside of USBC. Register for the webinar series

Welcome New UBSC Member: The Kiji Sisterhood

The Kijiji Sisterhood (TKS) is a new Affiliate Non-Profit Member of the USBC dedicated to building a system that improves maternal and infant mortality in Black and Brown communities by removing barriers to education, support, and culturally appropriate healthcare. TKS was founded in 2017 to teach women to reclaim the innate birth and parenting wisdom in their community. The organization has held monthly events since 2018, including their breastfeeding support group, the Melanin Milk Circle, which addresses the unique needs of women of color on their breastfeeding journey. In 2018 and 2019, TKS hosted a Black Breastfeeding Educational Summit in Las Vegas for Black Breastfeeding Week. In addition, they hosted a Latch On! event during World Breastfeeding Week with their community partner, Urban League WIC. TKS has also launched a Community Closet and home visiting support to help local families in need. Learn more about their work.

National News

Dietary Guidelines Public Meeting Announcement, summarized from USDA/HHS

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services have announced the fifth meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The public meeting will be held on Thursday, March 12, and Friday, March 13, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET in Washington D.C. This meeting will be open to the public and will be accessible by webcast or by attendance in-person. Registration is required to attend virtually and in-person. Both meeting days will include presentations from the six topic area subcommittees: Dietary Patterns; Pregnancy and Lactation; Birth to 24 Months; Beverages and Added Sugars; Dietary Fats and Seafood; Frequency of Eating; and the cross-cutting working group: Data Analysis and Food Pattern Modeling. Throughout the meeting, the Committee will review the work since the last public meeting and discuss plans to prepare its scientific report that will be submitted to the USDA and HHS in May 2020.

State Investments in Head Start and Early Head Start Brief, summarized from NHSA

The National Head Start Association has published an issue brief titled "State Investments in Head Start to Support At-Risk Children and Families: More Important Than Ever." The publication looks at how states can use Head Start and Early Head Start to support overburdened and under resourced children and families. It also highlights ways that states are investing in these programs to expand access, improve quality, and better meet the needs of working families.

USBC Insight: Early Head Start programs provide child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families, and to pregnant women and their families. Early Head Start program performance standards require programs to promote and provide breastfeeding information to families, safely store and handle breast milk, accommodate mothers who wish to breastfeed during program hours, and if necessary, provide referrals to lactation consultants or counselors.

REACH Funding Sign On Letter, summarized from SOPHE

The Society for Public Health Education, Prevention Institute, Trust for America's Health, Public Health Institute, The National REACH Coalition, Asian and Pacific Islander Health Forum, and YMCA of the USA have launched an organizational sign-on letter supporting funding for CDC's Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. The REACH program works to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities through local, culturally appropriate programs, including breastfeeding support programs. Organizations can sign on via the online form. The deadline to sign on is Friday, February 28.

Equity Lens

*Community-Based Doulas and Birth Medicalization Policy Brief, summarized from HealthConnect One

HealthConnect One has published a policy brief titled "Community-Based Doulas and the Medicalization of Birth." The report highlights how community-based doulas support women through the perinatal period. It also addresses how doulas and medical professionals, such as nurses, can team up to support pregnant women, especially pregnant women of color.

Collective Impact Connection

Podcast Launch, summarized from Collective Impact Forum

The Collective Impact Forum has launched a self-titled podcast series. Episodes in the ongoing series will share resources, tools, and stories to support social change makers working in cross-sector collaboration. Current episodes highlight successful collaboratives, lift up the role of equity in Collective Impact, and dive into the foundations of Collective Impact.

News & Views

AAMC blog: "Pumping up support: Making breastfeeding easier for med students"

 HealthConnectOne blog: "Honoring Black Birth Workers of the Past"

NICHQ Insights: "Using Social Media to Raise Awareness About Infant Safe Sleep"

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Skating coordinator at Penguins' Cranberry facility says she was fired for breastfeeding"

Reform Austin: "Where is Texas When It Comes to Pregnancy and Maternity Leave?"

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