Weekly Wire: July 22, 2021

Weekly Wire: July 22, 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
    • Final "Unpacking Commercial Milk Formula Marketing" Series Webinar: Organizing for Impact
    • Join the USBC Membership Network!
    • Analysis of House Agriculture and Homeland Security Appropriations and Infant Feeding
    • USBC Public Comments on Opportunities to Advance Equity at USDA
  • Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month
  • International News
    • Study on Global Feeding Trends by Children Under Two, summarized from The Lancet
  • National News
    • Guidance on Plague Includes Breastfeeding Infants/Lactating Parents, summarized from CDC
    • Webinar on Break Time for Nursing Mothers Law, summarized from DOL
    • Public Comment Opportunity on DOL Strategic Plan, summarized from DOL
    • Individual Action Tool on Paid Leave, summarized from A Better Balance
  • State and Community News
    • On-Demand Webinar on Workplace Breastfeeding Support in Michigan, summarized from MIBFN
    • Law Adding Protections for Jailed and Imprisoned People Who are Pregnant and Postpartum, summarized from Colorado
    • Law Expanding Lactation Accommodations in the Workplace, summarized from Connecticut
  • Equity Lends
    • Webinar on Racial Disparities in Birth, Breastfeeding, and Infant Health in Indiana, summarized from The Milk Bank
    • Public Comment Opportunity on Advancing Cultural Competency and Sensitivity toward AAPI Communities in COVID-19 Response, summarized from HHS/OMH
  • News & Views

USBC Updates

Final "Unpacking Commercial Milk Formula Marketing" Series Webinar: Organizing for Impact

Join the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee for the "Commerical Milk Formula Marketing: Organizing for Impact" webinar on Friday, July 23, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET. Panelists Sally Mancini, Director of Advocacy for the Rudd Center; Jennifer Pomeranz, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Policy and Management, New York University; and Marsha Walker, previous Executive Director from the former National Alliance of Breastfeeding Advocacy, will discuss Breast Milk Substitute (BMS) labeling, the impacts of formula marketing, and opportunities for collective work to influence policy pertaining to the marketing of commercial milk formula. This webinar is the final session in the Unpacking Commercial Milk Formula Marketing: Communities, Contexts, and Impacts webinar series. Recordings of the previous two sessions are available for viewing and free continuing education.

Join the USBC Membership Network!

The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee has open and rolling applications for new member organizations! The membership network includes more than 100 organizations that support the USBC mission to drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States. Members enjoy access to a wide range of benefits, including discounted conference registration, exclusive resources, and more. Questions about membership? Schedule a quick consult with the membership team.

Analysis of House Agriculture and Homeland Security Appropriations and Infant Feeding

The USBC published a detailed analysis of the Fiscal Year 2022 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies appropriations report and the Fiscal Year 2022 Department of Homeland Security appropriations report. The Agriculture bill includes $6B for  the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and $90M for the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program, level funding from FY 2021. The Homeland Security bill urges Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure that breastfeeding mothers impacted by disasters have access to breastfeeding services and supplies. 

USBC Public Comments on Opportunities to Advance Equity at USDA

USBC submitted comments in response to the "Identifying Barriers in USDA Programs and Services; Advancing Racial Justice and Equity and Support for Underserved Communities at USDA" public comment opportunity. The USBC comments highlight that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is well-positioned to expand programming and direct resources to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates across the nation, and urges the USDA to deepen investments to address persistent breastfeeding disparities in the United States.

Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month

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.

  • ILCA: The International Lactation Consultants Association published a blog post titled "World Breastfeeding Week 2021: Lactation Consultants Critical to the Chain of Support." The post highlights the role of lactation consultants in supporting breastfeeding families across the world.
  • USAID: USAID is hosting a webinar on Thursday, August 5, at 8 a.m. ET titled "Not Just Mom's Job USAID Invests in Breastfeeding Around the World." USAID country programs will share their experiences with protecting and promoting breastfeeding across communities, health systems, and in emergency settings around the world. In addition to gaining access to the event, registrants will also receive breastfeeding content throughout the month of August.
  • USBC: The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee hosted a conversation between the organizers of four observance weeks during National Breastfeeding Month. Speakers from World Breastfeeding Week, Native Breastfeeding Week, Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Week, and Black Breastfeeding Week discussed the origin of, and plans for each week, and how individuals can participate. Visit the NBM 2021 webpage to learn more
  • WABA: The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action released the World Breastfeeding Week 2021 action folder and social media toolkit. World Breastfeeding Week 2021 (#WBW2021) focuses on how breastfeeding contributes to the survival, health, and well-being of all, and the imperative to protect breastfeeding worldwide. The WBW logo, poster and action folder are available in Arabic, English, French, Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish.

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.

International News

Study on Global Feeding Trends by Children Under Two, summarized from The Lancet

The Lancet published an article titled "Rates and time trends in the consumption of breastmilk, formula, and animal milk by children younger than 2 years from 2000 to 2019: analysis of 113 countries." The authors assessed time trends in the consumption of different types of milk (breast milk, formula, and animal milk) by children younger than two years from 2000 to 2019 at a global level. Through nationally representative surveys and time-series analysis, the authors concluded that there were some increases in exclusive and any breastfeeding at age six months in various regions and income groups, while formula consumption increased in upper-middle-income countries.

National News

Guidance on Plague Includes Breastfeeding Infants/Lactating Parents, summarized from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report titled "Antimicrobial Treatment and Prophylaxis of Plague: Recommendations for Naturally Acquired Infections and Bioterrorism Response." The publication provides CDC recommendations to U.S. health care providers regarding treatment, pre-exposure prophylaxis, and postexposure prophylaxis of plague. The guidance also includes specific recommendations related to neonates, breastfeeding infants, and pregnant or lactating women. Media highlights include:

Webinar on Break Time for Nursing Mothers Law, summarized from DOL

The Department of Labor is hosting a webinar titled "Break Time for Nursing Mothers: Guidance for Employers and Advocates" on Thursday, August 5, at 11 a.m. ET. Speakers will help employers and advocates understand the Break Time for Nursing Mothers provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The session will help employers understand their obligations under the law, and it will equip advocates with resources and tools to assist mothers who wish to continue breastfeeding after returning to work.

Public Comment Opportunity on DOL Strategic Plan, summarized from DOL

The Department of Labor opened a public comment period on the Draft Department of Labor Fiscal Year 2022-2026 Strategic Plan and Evidence-Building Plan. The strategic plan presents goals and objectives that will serve as a framework for programs and functions administered by DOL component agencies for the next four years. As a companion to the Strategic Plan, the DOL Evidence-Building Plan describes learning priorities and associated research questions that the department will explore to build new knowledge about important labor-related topics. The deadline to submit comments by email is Friday, August 6.

USBC Insight: The Department of Labor is responsible for enforcing the Break Time for Nursing Mothers law. The Break Time law provides critical protections to ensure that employees have reasonable break time and a private place to pump during the workday. 

Individual Action Tool on Paid Leave, summarized from A Better Balance

A Better Balance launched an action tool titled "Take Action: Tell Congress We Need Bold, Inclusive Paid Leave for All." Individuals can use the tool to ask their members of Congress to support enacting a national paid family and medical leave program as part of a budget reconciliation package.

State and Community News

 On-Demand Webinar on Workplace Breastfeeding Support in Michigan, summarized from MIBFN

The Michigan Breastfeeding Network released an on-demand webinar titled "Breastfeeding Fundamentals and the Workplace." Speaker Tameka White, CLS, addresses the lack of legislative protections for lactation in the workplace in Michigan. She also examines how individuals can provide equitable support to lactating families while working and waiting for the world to change. Participants will leave the webinar able to identify the direct connection between a person's workplace environment and their decision to breastfeed, recognize how legislative protections would help to decrease modification or cessation of exclusive breastfeeding, and adjust the ways in which people support families to be more equitable.

Law Adding Protections for Jailed and Imprisoned People Who are Pregnant and Postpartum, summarized from Colorado

The Colorado governor signed into law the Protection Of Pregnant People In Perinatal Period Act (SB21-193). The bill adds protections for jailed and imprisoned people who are pregnant and postpartum, including a mandate that the facility creates opportunities for women to receive breastfeeding support and maintain contact with their newborn children. The bill was passed as part of a package of legislation focused on maternal health. Media highlights include:

Law Expanding Lactation Accommodations in the Workplace, summarized from Connecticut

The Connecticut governor signed into law An Act Concerning Breastfeeding in the Workplace (HB 5158). The bill expands upon current Connecticut legislation by requiring employers to provide a private location with an electrical outlet and access to cold storage for expressed milk.

Equity Lens

Webinar on Racial Disparities in Birth, Breastfeeding, and Infant Health in Indiana, summarized from The Milk Bank

The Milk Bank is hosting a webinar titled "Addressing Racial Disparities in Birth, Breastfeeding and Infant Health" on Thursday, August 5, from 12-1:30 p.m. ET. Kimberly Seals Allers will examine the socio-cultural and racial complexities of birth, breastfeeding, and infant health. Regional health leaders, Dr. Cameual Wright, Market Chief Medical Officer of CareSource, and Dr. Indy Lane, OB/GYN at Community Health Network, will discuss overcoming bias and barriers as advocates move toward reducing healthcare disparities and strive for authentic engagement for women and families of color.

Public Comment Opportunity on Advancing Cultural Competency and Sensitivity toward AAPI Communities in COVID-19 Response, summarized from HHS/OMH

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health launched a public comment opportunity titled "Best Practices for Advancing Cultural Competency, Language Access and Sensitivity Toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders." OMH is seeking input from Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities and AAPI-serving organizations to inform the development of guidance describing best practices for advancing cultural competency, language access, and sensitivity toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the context of the Federal Government's COVID-19 response. The deadline to submit comments is Tuesday, August 17.

News & Views

ACLU media release: "Federal Court Allows Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit Against Frontier Airlines to Continue"

 Amplify! (USLCA blog): "Investing our time in DEI"

Baby Gaga: "Flight Attendants Fighting For Right To Breastfeed On The Job"

 BMBFA press release: "Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association Announces First Ever Statewide Community-Based Doula Summit"

Kansas Reflector: "As Kansas expands paid leave for state employees, advocates look to private sector"

Rhode Island Monthly: "Postpartum in a Pandemic: One Family's Story"

Vermont Biz: "Mamava and Hello Bello partner to support breastfeeding on-the-go"

WTVD-TV: "US Olympic marathoner Aliphine Tuliamuk pushes to bring breastfeeding baby to Tokyo Games"

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