Weekly Wire: June 7, 2021

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 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
    • Last Chance to Register for the USBC Conference!
    • Take Action on the PUMP Act
  • Special Section on the President's FY22 Budget
  • International News
    • Articles on Nutrition and Emergencies, summarized from ENN
    • Statement on Global Day of Parents, summarized from WABA
  • National News
    • Data on WIC Eligibility and Program Reach, summarized from USDA/FNS
    • Labor and Employment Statistics on Mothers and Families, summarized from DOL/WB
    • Action Tool in Support of Pregnant Workers, summarized from NEA
    • Call for Submissions on Law and Policy, summarized from JHL
  • Equity Lens
    • Breastfeeding Advocate Training Award Application, summarized from HCO
    • Recording Released on Breast-Chest-Bodyfeeding Support, summarized from LER
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Presentation on Narrative Change and Collective Impact, summarized from CIF
  • News & Views

USBC Updates

It's USBC Conference Week: Last Chance to Register!

There's still time to register for the National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening. This week's Wednesday-Friday online conference will include presentations from advocates throughout the lactation field, dedicated networking activities each day, and ample opportunity to connect with attendees through the conference platform. Register by today, Monday, June 7, to connect with others across the country who are committed to promoting, protecting, and supporting breastfeeding. As a registered attendee, you'll be able to access presentations and conference platform networking features for a full six months after the event. We hope you'll join us!  

Take Action on the PUMP Act

The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee updated the "Urge Congress to Protect the Right to Pump Milk During the Work Day" action tool. Nearly 9 million women of childbearing age are not covered by the federal Break Time for Nursing Mothers law. The Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act (S. 1658/H.R. 3110) would close this coverage gap. The bill has been approved by the House and Senate committees, now we need to demonstrate strong support so that Congressional leaders will bring the bill to the House and Senate floor for a vote. Urge your legislators to cosponsor!

Special Section on the President's FY22 Budget

Each year funding is allocated to a variety of federally funded programs that include breastfeeding support through the federal appropriations process. Developing a federal budget begins with the President submitting a budget plan which reflects the vision, values, and priorities of the Administration and sets the stage for the federal budget negotiation process. Congress then develops its budget plan, called the budget resolution, to set a total amount for spending in the year ahead. The budget total is sent to the House and Senate appropriations committees, where it is divided among 12 subcommittees each charged with developing an appropriations bill. 

The Office of Management and Budget has released "Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2022." The report contains the Budget Message of the President for Fiscal Year 2021, information on the President's priorities, and summary tables. 

International News

Articles on Nutrition and Emergencies, summarized from ENN

The Emergency Nutrition Network published a new issue of the Field Exchange online magazine. The issue includes a special section on COVID-19 nutrition programming adaptations, including infant feeding in emergencies, educational videos to improve maternal breastfeeding practices and knowledge, and frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines and breastfeeding.

Statement on Global Day of Parents, summarized from WABA

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action published a Statement on the Global Day of Parents. Designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, the Global Day of Parents provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship. The WABA statement applauds the commitment and efforts of all parents to their children and breastfeeding especially in these times of uncertainty due to the effects of the global pandemic and calls on society to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

National News

Data on WIC Eligibility and Program Reach, summarized from USDA/FNS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, published a fact sheet titled "National- and State-Level Estimates of WIC Eligibility and WIC Program Reach in 2018 with Updated Estimates for 2016 and 2017." The publication includes key findings on coverage rates for WIC-eligible infants and the average monthly WIC-eligible population.

Labor and Employment Statistics on Mothers and Families, summarized from DOL/WB

The Department of Labor, Women's Bureau released data titled "Mothers and families: Selected Labor Force Characteristics." The data examine selected characteristics of mothers and families, including labor force participation rates, unemployment, occupation, family type, earnings, and family income.

USBC Insight: This data shows that the occupations employing the largest number of mothers are registered nurses and middle and elementary school teachers. Yet, salaried workers as well as other categories of employees are not covered by the Break Time for Nursing Mothers, including teachers and some nurses. Take action to close this gap with the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act! 

Action Tool in Support of Pregnant Workers, summarized from NEA

The National Education Association launched an individual action tool titled "Urge senators to support the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act." Individuals can use the tool to contact their members of Congress in support of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which would create a uniform national standard for reasonable accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions and prohibit employers from denying pregnant workers employment opportunities.

Call for Submissions on Law and Policy, summarized from JHL

The Journal of Human Lactation is accepting submissions for the February 2022 special issue on laws and policies affecting breastfeeding and infant/young child feeding around the world. JHL has suggested a wide range of potential topics, including, the WHO Code, paid parental leave, workplace lactation support, government regulations, breastfeeding in public, education policy, funding regulations or policies for health care practices, licensure of IBCLCs, and drug regulations. JHL emphasizes that this is not an exhaustive list. Submissions are due Friday, October 1.

Equity Lens

Breastfeeding Advocate Training Award Application, summarized from HCO

HealthConnect One has launched the Virtual Breastfeeding Advocate Training Award Application. This award opportunity is available for up to 80 individuals serving birthing communities of color and/or people identifying as people of color to attend six live virtual, coaching sessions and participate in assignments. The training aims to increase community support for breastfeeding intention and initiation and duration at six weeks. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, June 11.

Recording Released on Breast-Chest-Bodyfeeding Support, summarized from LER

Lactation Education Resources is celebrating Pride month with a free recording of the session titled, "Words Matter: Providing Breast-Chest-Bodyfeeding Support to LGBTQIA2S+ Families." The session includes guest speaker Savannah Shange. 

Collective Impact Connection

Presentation on Narrative Change and Collective Impact, summarized from CIF

The Collective Impact Forum published the recording and transcript of the 2021 Collective Impact Action Summit session titled "The Role of Narrative Change in Collective Action." The dynamic discussion features three panelists exploring the importance of narrative in collective social change efforts. 

News & Views

A Better Balance: "Millions of Working Moms are Counting on Congress to Pass the PUMP Act"

Amplify!: "PRIDE and Our Profession"

Devex: "Exclusive: WHO Foundation pushes back against criticism over Nestlé donation"

Healthy Day: "Breastfeeding Initiation Varies by Race/Ethnicity Across U.S."

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