Weekly Wire: July 30, 2021

Weekly Wire: July 30, 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
    • USBC Awarded Funding to Advance Equity in the First Food Field
    • Action Opportunities to Support Federal Funding for Breastfeeding
  • Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month
  • International News
    • Brief on Breastfeeding and Global Food Systems, summarized from Alive & Thrive
  • National News
    • Updated BFHI Assessment Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria, summarized from Baby-Friendly USA
    • Ready, Set, Baby Website Now Available in Spanish, summarized from CGBI
    • House Report on PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act, summarized from Congress
    • Hearing on Federal Nutrition Programs for Infants and Young Children, summarized from Congress
    • HELP Committee Executive Session to Include PWFA Markup, summarized from Congress
    • Resolution in Support of "Bump Day," summarized from Congress
    • Public Comment Opportunity on Study of Nutrition and Activity in Child Care Settings, summarized from FNS
    • Report on Paid Family Leave Access and Impact, summarized from RWJF
  • News & Views

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg denotes a USBC member organization news item  CollectiveImpact.jpg denotes a USBC-affiliated constellation news item

USBC Updates

USBC Awarded Funding to Advance Equity in the First Food Field

The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee has been awarded funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Strengthening Breastfeeding Support by Coordinating National Efforts and Building Capacity of Breastfeeding Coalitions funding opportunity. Over the grant period, CDC will provide up to $5M to USBC to coordinate stakeholders in developing and implementing a five-year plan to advance policy, systems, and environmental change solutions that will address inequities in human milk feeding, increase access to lactation support, and enhance opportunities for collaboration and capacity building amongst breastfeeding coalitions and critical stakeholders. In the first year of this project, the USBC will host a set of listening sessions to gather insights from stakeholders in the First Food field to define strategic population-level strategies to dismantle structural and systemic barriers at the root of human milk feeding disparities. 

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 House bill, which included level funding from FY21 for the Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program ($9.5M). Both tools urge the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee to direct $20M to the CDC Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding line item in FY2022, $10.5M above the House bill. Take action with us!

August is National Breastfeeding Month! The theme of National Breastfeeding Month 2021 is Every Step of the Way. The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee is getting ready to celebrate all things lactation-related all month long, and we need your help. Please submit National Breastfeeding Month events, news, and resources so we can share them in USBC communication channels throughout August.

  • Akwaaba Wellness: Akwaaba Wellness is hosting a Black Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month event on Saturday, August 28, in Savannah, Georgia. The event will include breastfeeding resources, giveaways, a group photo shoot, and a photo booth.
  • MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg APIBTF: API Breastfeeding Task Force, the founding organization of Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Week (AANHPI) Breastfeeding Week, debuted the 2021 AANHPI logo. The artwork is created by an eight-year-old Chinese American boy to celebrate the tradition of breastfeeding in AANHPI communities.
  • Bemidji Breastfeeding Coalition: The Bemidji Breastfeeding Coalition, in partnership with the Beltrami County WIC program and Mewinzha Ondaadiziike Wiigaming, announced the launch of a roadside billboard highlighting breast milk as the first traditional food. The billboard will go up in the first week of August.
  • GBC: The Global Breastfeeding Collective is hosting a webinar titled "Building Better Breastfeeding Counselling Programmes" during World Breastfeeding Week. Attendees will be introduced to specific steps in improving and expanding breastfeeding counselling in their communities, including in emergency situations, and panelists will provide examples of how this has been achieved in different countries. The session is intended for the Americas, Europe, and western Africa and will take place on Tuesday, August 3, at 10 a.m. ET. The session will have simultaneous interpretation into Spanish and French.
  • MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg IBC: The Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition is hosting the Northwest Indiana Big Latch On event in Highland, Indiana, on Saturday, August 7. Attendees can attend virtually or in-person.
  • IMMC: The Indigenous Milk Medicine Collective (formerly Native Breastfeeding Week) announced the evolution of Native Breastfeeding Week to Indigenous Milk Medicine Week. This change reflects community feedback through surveys, comments, and internal conversations amongst organizers. Indigenous Milk Medicine Week will take place Sunday, August 8, through Saturday, August 14. The 2021 theme is Nourishing Our Futures.
  • MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Maine State Breastfeeding Coalition: The Maine State Breastfeeding Coalition is hosting "A Celebration of Mothers and Milk," a series of free virtual events during World Breastfeeding Week. The series begins on Monday, August 2, with a presentation titled "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: a Parent's Panel."
  • MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Mamava: Mamava launched a lactation pod giveaway to celebrate National Breastfeeding Month. Semi-finalists will be selected based on mission, need, and potential for breastfeeding impact, and the finalist will be determined through online voting. Submissions close Friday, August 27, at 12:00 p.m. ET.
  • Melanated Mammary Atlas: The Melanated Mammary Atlas will launch during the first week in August. The Melanated Mammary Atlas is a mobile-friendly web application that features a searchable directory of images of various breast-related conditions on brown skin. The tool allows for viewing of the single largest collection of such images for diagnostics, assessment, and education purposes. Healthcare professionals and students can apply to join the Atlas to gain access. Individuals can contribute relevant images to the Atlas to grow the directory.
  • MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg NMBTF: The New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force, Las Cruces Chapter is hosting a Global Latch On for Southern New Mexico on Friday, August 6. The event will take place virtually on Zoom and include a raffle for participants.
  • San Pablo WIC Office: The San Pablo WIC Office is hosting a World Breastfeeding Week celebration on Thursday, August 5. The event will include breastfeeding classes, community resource tables, and children’s activities.
  • SisterSong: SisterSong is hosting a Black Breastfeeding Week photoshoot in Durham, North Carolina, on Sunday, August 1. The photographer will capture photos of individuals and families as well as a larger group shot.
  • MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg USDA: The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a proclamation declaring August 1-7 as National WIC Breastfeeding Week. The observance aims to collaboratively raise awareness of the numerous benefits of breastfeeding; to strengthen individual, family, and community support for breastfeeding; to further strategies that promote breastfeeding practices; and to support increased breastfeeding rates.

National Breastfeeding Month News & Views

Insider NJ: "Monmouth ACTS Celebrates Breastfeeding Awareness Month with Events for Families"

Washington County WIC press release: "Washington County WIC Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week"

National Breastfeeding Month T-Shirts & Tank Tops Now Available! 

Show your commitment to supporting families with a National Breastfeeding Month t-shirt or tank top featuring this year's theme and the official NBM design from USBC! The artwork represents the spheres of influence in a breastfeeding family's world and the continuity of care that every family deserves along the human milk feeding journey. The National Breastfeeding Month design is available for a limited time in a variety of styles and colors for adults and kids. Shirts are hand printed in the U.S. and are sourced from a select group of vendors who are WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) certified. A portion of each purchase goes to support USBC advocacy efforts.

The initial batch of shirts closes on Friday, July 30, so be sure to order today to ensure you have yours in August!

International News

Brief on Breastfeeding and Global Food Systems, summarized from Alive & Thrive

Alive & Thrive published a policy brief titled "The First-Food System: The Importance of Breastfeeding in Global Food Systems Discussions." In preparation for the United Nations Food Systems Summit in September, the publication explains how stakeholders can include breastfeeding and breast milk – the first food – in the conceptualization of food systems.

National News

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Updated BFHI Assessment Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria, summarized from Baby-Friendly USA

Baby-Friendly USA released the updated Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria (GEC) 6th edition, for the United States, which will apply to all Baby-Friendly designation assessment letters received on or after June 1, 2023. The Interim GEC, which has been the basis for assessments since February 1, 2020, will remain in effect until that time. BFUSA also released a video featuring the former and current BFUSA CEOs, Trish MacEnroe and Eileen Fitzpatrick, discussing the changes made in the 6th Edition of the GEC and what it means for facilities seeking to pursue Baby-Friendly designation in the United States.

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Ready, Set, Baby Website Now Available in Spanish, summarized from CGBI

The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, launched the Ready, Set, Baby website and curriculum in Spanish. The website contains all the content from the English version of the Ready, Set, Baby curriculum and allows expectant parents to choose a self-paced experience to prepare for their breastfeeding journey. Once completing a section, visitors can download or save a certificate to show they have reviewed the information. The English version of the Ready, Set, Baby webpage was launched last spring. An Arabic site is in development and should be available by late 2021.

House Report on PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act, summarized from Congress

The House Education and Labor Committee released "H. Rept. 117-102 – Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act" and placed the bill on the union calendar. The House Report states that the committee reports favorably on the bill and recommends that the bill is passed as amended. The PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act (H.R. 3110) would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to require more employers to offer employees who are nursing reasonable break times and to provide them with private lactation areas, other than restrooms, for two years after the birth of a child. The bill would extend those accommodations to groups of workers who are not now covered, and would require the Department of Labor to issue new guidance for compliance.

Hearing on Federal Nutrition Programs for Infants and Young Children, summarized from Congress

The House Education and Labor Committee, Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee, held a hearing titled "Food for Thought: Examining Federal Nutrition Programs for Young Children and Infants" on Wednesday, July 28. The hearing examined two federal nutrition programs that support infants and young children, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Witnesses discussed efforts to expand WIC eligibility consistent with the WIC Act, streamline program access, and prioritize funding that invests in a modern WIC. Jessica Burris, a breastfeeding peer counselor from North Carolina, submitted testimony that highlighted the positive impact of WIC on supporting breastfeeding in her community.

HELP Committee Executive Session to Include PWFA Markup, summarized from Congress

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions announced that it will hold an executive session on Tuesday, August 3. The agenda contains several bills that the committee will consider during the session, including the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) (S. 1486). The PWFA aims to eliminate discrimination and promote women's health and economic security by ensuring reasonable workplace accommodations for workers whose ability to perform the functions of a job are limited by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. The House version of PWFA passed in May with a bipartisan vote.

Resolution in Support of "Bump Day," summarized from Congress

Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA-6), with a group of bipartisan cosponsors, introduced House Resolution 545. The resolution supports the ideals of Bump Day, a global advocacy day for maternal health, and reaffirms United States leadership to end preventable maternal deaths in the United States and globally. Bump Day was celebrated on Wednesday, July 21.

Public Comment Opportunity on Study of Nutrition and Activity in Child Care Settings, summarized from FNS

The Food and Nutrition Service open a public comment opportunity on the Study of Nutrition and Activity in Child Care Settings II (SNACS-II). SNACS-II is the second comprehensive, nationally representative assessment of Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) providers and the infants, children, and teens they serve. The assessment will update the picture of the CACFP after updated meal pattern requirements went into effect in October 2017, which were design to encourage breastfeeding. The deadline to submit comments is Thursday, August 26.

Report on Paid Family Leave Access and Impact, summarized from RWJF

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation published an issue brief titled "Improving Access to Paid Family Leave to Achieve Health Equity." The report provides background on federal and state paid family leave policies, and highlights domestic and international research that shows how paid family leave offers a range of benefits, including increasing breastfeeding duration. The brief also outlines principles for a universal paid family leave program.

News & Views

Alive & Thrive blog post: "PART 1: So much, so little: The Code has saved millions of infant lives but we need to do much more to eliminate the unethical and harmful marketing of breastmilk substitutes"

CLASP blog post: "With Rep. Neal's Proposal, Paid Leave More Urgent Than Ever"

House Appropriations Committee press release: "House to Consider Appropriations Bills Next Week"

Mothers' Milk Bank Northeast blog post: "A History of Breastfeeding Support and Advocacy in Zeros and Fives"

Tulsa World: "Highlights of the 79 new laws effective July 1 in Oklahoma"

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