Weekly Wednesday Wire: August 28, 2013

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USBC Updates

Join the "Action Across America" Campaign

In honor of National Breastfeeding Month, the USBC's "Action Across America" social media advocacy campaign is engaging key Members of Congress to ensure that every mom is empowered and supported to reach her personal breastfeeding goals. Across the country individual advocates, breastfeeding coalitions, and allied organizations are calling on policymakers to support breastfeeding in ways that will create the strategic policy and systems changes needed to overcome the barriers to breastfeeding success. Each week of August the campaign has addressed a different topic area, aligned with current legislative opportunities. This week's focus is on building support and gaining co-sponsors for the Supporting Working Moms Act: take action now!

The USBC, MomsRising, National Partnership for Women & Families, and National WIC Association hosted the "Action for the Summer Recess" webinar on August 8. Access the recording, slides, and toolkit materials to find everything you'll need to prepare for a visit with your legislator.

Federal News

"Break Time for Nursing Mothers" Employee Rights Card, from DOL/WHD

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is proud to announce the publication of the Break Time for Nursing Mothers Employee Rights Card. This card outlines the basic requirements under the federal law, lists resources where additional information can be obtained (including a QR code), and provides information on how to file a complaint with the WHD. The new card is intended to increase awareness of the requirement for employers to provide breaks for mothers to express breast milk during the workday. Please help spread the word about this important resource: there is also a widget that allows further dissemination of the card via inclusion on your organization's webpage.

Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies, from CDC

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention released a new publication entitled Strategies to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases: The CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies. The document is an update of the 2005 The CDC Guide to Breastfeeding Interventions, providing state and local community members information to choose the breastfeeding intervention strategy that best meets their needs. Acting Surgeon General, Rear Admiral (RADM) Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH, launched the Guide on a webinar hosted by the USBC.

Perinatal Quality Collaboratives Webinar, from CDC

Join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday, August 29 from 1-2:30 p.m. EST for a Perinatal Quality Collaboratives webinar. This Webcast will present a discussion of examples of neonatal quality improvement projects undertaken by perinatal quality collaboratives, including project challenges and successes, statewide dissemination, and sustainability. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

Member/Partner News

First Annual Black Breastfeeding Week

This week marks the First Annual Black Breastfeeding Week! Join MomsRising, Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association, Free to Breastfeed, and Black Breastfeeding 360 as they work to position the conversation on breastfeeding within the black community as part of other parenting topics, like education, healthy living and dealing with issues of race. Follow the action on the Black Breastfeeding Week Facebook page or at Twitter hashtag #BBW13. The celebration includes shareable memes and a live Tweetchat on Thursday, August 29 at 9 p.m. EST at hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

Call for Task Force Applications, from NWA

The National WIC Association is forming a task force to explore and develop a plan for extending WIC nutrition and breastfeeding education and support services to non-WIC clients and promoting WIC sites as the "go-to" nutrition and breastfeeding centers for all U.S. pregnant and postpartum mothers and young children. This plan will provide a framework for how WIC agencies could administer critical nutrition and breastfeeding services through WIC, Medicaid, private insurance, and out-of-pocket payments. If you are interested in applying to be on the task force, please fill out the application form and send it to mesposito@nwica.org by September 9, 2013.

Clinical Report on Breastfeeding and Medication, from AAP

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a new clinical report stating breastfeeding mothers can take most prescription drugs without risking their babies' health. Many mothers are inappropriately advised to discontinue breastfeeding or avoid taking essential medications because of fears of adverse effects on their infants. The report discusses several topics of interest surrounding lactation, such as the use of psychotropic therapies, drugs to treat substance abuse, narcotics, galactagogues, and herbal products, as well as immunization of breastfeeding women.

News Clippings

Mondaq: "'Nursing Mother' Break Requirement Spurs Investigations, Lawsuits

PIHRAeScope Newsletter: "It's August — do you know where your Lactation Accommodation policy is?"

Human Resources Journal: "Nursing Mothers' Required Break Raised Unanswered Questions"

The Huffington Post: "Breastfeeding In Non-traditional Occupations is Key to Improving Access to Higher-Paying, Skilled Careers"

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