Weekly Wire: July 1, 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
- Individual and Organizational Action Opportunities to Support Federal Funding for Breastfeeding
- Final Technical Assistance Session for Coalitions: All About Advocacy
- Weekly Wire Hiatus Next Week
- International News
- Updated Guidance on Breast Milk Substitutes in Humanitarian Settings, summarized from UNICEF
- Indicators to Assess Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices, summarized from WHO
- Updated Breast Milk Substitute Marketing Index, summarized from ATNI
- National News
- Agriculture Appropriations Bill Advances, summarized from Congress
- Online Dialogue on Women in the Workplace, summarized from DOL
- Funding Opportunity for Initiatives Addressing Working Women, summarized from DOL
- Study on COVID-19 Vaccination During Pregnancy and Postpartum, summarized from NIH
- Report on Need for Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, summarized from A Better Balance
- Webinar on Support for Incarcerated Motherhood, summarized from The National University Collaborative on the Health of Justice-Involved Women and Children
- State and Community News
- Lactating Workers' Rights Videos summarized from MBC
- Law Ensuring Public Lactation Accommodations in Courthouses, summarized from Nevada
- News & Views
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Individual and Organizational Action Opportunities to Support Federal Funding for Breastfeeding
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee released updated versions of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 appropriations organizational sign-on letter and individual action tool to reflect the release of the President's budget, which included $9.5M for the Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program, level funding from FY2021. Both tools urge the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee to direct $20M to the CDC Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding line item in FY2022, an increase of $10.5M from FY2021. We recognize these are extraordinary times, which is why an increase in the CDC Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding line item is imperative. Take action with us!
- Organizational letter: "Sign On Letter Supporting FY2022 Funding for CDC Breastfeeding Programs"
- Individual action tool: "Urge Congress to Increase Funding for CDC Breastfeeding Programs"
Final Technical Assistance Session for Coalitions: All About Advocacy
Join the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee for an interactive learning workshop titled "All About Advocacy" on Wednesday, July 7, from 1-3 p.m. ET. Join subject experts Jada Wright Nichols, Jacquelyn Lambert, Jada Metcalf, Stephanne Rupnicki, and Linda Kopecky, as they describe different types of advocacy, provide insights on how to get involved, and share ideas for connecting with policymakers at every level. This workshop is meant to be interactive, please note that active participation at the live event is encouraged for increased learning. This is the final session in the Coalitions Technical Assistance series, designed to help strengthen every coalition's ability to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.
Weekly Wire Hiatus Next Week
The Weekly Wire will be on hiatus next week in observance of the July 4 holiday. The Weekly Wire will return during the week of July 12. We wish you a safe and happy holiday.
Updated Guidance on Breast Milk Substitutes in Humanitarian Settings, summarized from UNICEF
UNICEF released updated nutrition programming guidance titled "Procurement and use of breastmilk substitutes in humanitarian settings." The publication outlines UNICEF's commitments, guiding principles, and procedures for managing the procurement and use of breast milk substitutes for UNICEF staff working in humanitarian settings.
Indicators to Assess Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices, summarized from WHO
The World Health Organization published a report titled "Indicators for assessing infant and young child feeding practices: definitions and measurement methods." The publication includes new and updated indicators used to assess infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices at the household level. There are 17 recommended IYCF indicators included in this update. The document is intended for use by managers of large-scale population-based surveys that will collect information on the status of feeding practices among infants and young children less than 2 years of age.
Updated Breast Milk Substitute Marketing Index, summarized from ATNI
The Access to Nutrition Initiative published its fourth breast milk substitutes and complementary foods marketing index titled, "BMS/CF Marketing Index 2021: Major baby food companies' compliance with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes." The index encompasses the nine largest baby food companies in the world and assesses the marketing of both Breast-Milk Substitutes (BMS) and Complementary Foods (CF). The aim of the BMS/CF Marketing Index 2021 is to assess the extent to which these companies market their products in line with WHO guidance, as set out in the 1981 International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and 18 subsequent relevant World Health Assembly resolutions (collectively referred to as The Code).
USBC Insight: The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee is hosting a three-part webinar series as part of an effort to create a shared understanding of commercial milk formula marketing practices and the disparate impact of marketing practices on communities in the U.S. and around the world. In the first part of the series, "Commercial Milk Formula Marketing: International Contexts and Tools," Rachel Crossley from ATNI shared about the marketing index and its impact.
Agriculture Appropriations Bill Advances, summarized from Congress
The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee released the Fiscal Year 2022 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. The bill funds the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) at $6 billion and renews ongoing set-aside funds, including $90 million for breastfeeding peer counselors. The bill markup was held on Friday, June 25. Read the bill text.
Online Dialogue on Women in the Workplace, summarized from DOL
The U.S. Department of Labor launched a national online dialogue titled "Women and Work: Reinvestment, Return and Recovery National Online Dialogue." The national dialogue aims to gather ideas to improve labor outcomes for women, especially those who are economically disadvantaged. The dialogue will be open until Friday, July 9, and the input received will help identify strategies for dismantling the systemic barriers to employment and participation in workforce services. Read the press release.
Funding Opportunity for Initiatives Addressing Working Women, summarized from DOL
The Department of Labor announced a funding opportunity announcement titled "Fostering Access, Rights, and Equity (FARE)." Funding is available for states and territories to develop partnerships with community-based organizations and other non-profits to conduct outreach to women workers to help them understand and exercise their rights and benefits in the workplace. The fund will support up to six grants. This program will allow award recipients to undertake projects to assist underserved and marginalized low-income women workers in understanding and accessing their employment rights, public services, and benefits. Applications are due Thursday, July 15.
Study on COVID-19 Vaccination During Pregnancy and Postpartum, summarized from NIH
The National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), announced the launch of a new observational study, called MOMI-VAX, to evaluate the immune responses generated by COVID-19 vaccines administered to pregnant or postpartum people. The study aims to improve understanding of antibody responses to COVID-19 vaccines among pregnant and postpartum people and the transfer of antibodies to their infants during pregnancy or through breast milk.
Report on Need for Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, summarized from A Better Balance
A Better Balance released an updated report titled "Long Overdue: The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is a Critical Measure to Remove Barriers to Women’s Workplace Participation and Promote Healthy Pregnancies." The report calls attention to the immediate need for protections for pregnant workers who are being denied accommodations throughout the country. The update highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women's economic equality and examines the positive impact that the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would have on the economic security of pregnant workers.
Webinar on Support for Incarcerated Motherhood, summarized from The National University Collaborative on the Health of Justice-Involved Women and Children
The National University Collaborative on the Health of Justice-Involved Women and Children will host a webinar on Tuesday, July 13, at 1 p.m. ET titled "Support through Separation: Coping with the Physical and Emotional Separation…for the Birthing Person." Speakers will discuss their personal experiences of birth and motherhood while incarcerated and will share about their work facilitating childbirth education and attending births of incarcerated women.
State and Community News
Lactating Workers' Rights Videos summarized from MBC
The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, released a series of "Know Your Rights" videos. The videos address the benefits of breastfeeding and breast milk, details of Minnesota law that protects lactating employees, and suggestions for advocating for the right to pump milk at work.
Law Ensuring Public Lactation Accommodations in Courthouses, summarized from Nevada
Nevada governor Steve Sisolak has signed into law Nevada Assembly Bill 196, which requires Nevada courthouses to have private lactation rooms for members of the public, beginning in 2022. The courthouse lactation room must be separate from the bathroom, and it must be private and outfitted with a chair, working surface, and electrical outlet. Media highlights include:
- Above the Law: "Lawyer Moms Responsible For Second-Ever State Law Requiring Courthouse Lactation Rooms"
News & Views
CEPR blog post: "A Father’s Day Guide to Paid Family Leave"
Department of Labor blog post: "Even Prior to Pandemic, Working Women Couldn’t Take Time Off When They Needed"
The New York Times (op-ed): "Dialogue Is Not Possible With ‘Opposing Views of Reality’"
Newsweek: "The Necessity of Paid Leave for All | Opinion"
Our Milky Way (HCP blog): "Support the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) For Nursing Mothers Act"
West Virginia DHHR press release: "West Virginia WIC and Pacify Award Inaugural Diversity in Lactation Consulting Scholarship"