Weekly Wire: September 17, 2021

Weekly Wire: September 17, 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 Article Featured in USA Today Maternal Health Campaign
    • Continuing Education Available for USBC Webinar Series
    • USBC Supports...
  • International News
    • Launch of Global Nutrition Accountability Framework, summarized from Global Nutrition Report
    • Report on Implementing Global Guidance to Support Breastfeeding, summarized from GBC
  • National News
    • Black Maternal Health Momnibus Bills Advanced, summarized from Congress
    • Deadline Extended for Public Comment Opportunity to Inform Coverage Requirements for Insurers, summarized from WPSI
    • Policy Brief on Paid Leave and Maternal and Child Health, summarized from 1,000 Days
    • Webinar on Supporting Lactation During Incarceration, summarized from BreastfeedLA
    • Launch of Birth & Breastfeeding Leadership Institute, summarized from BMBFA
    • 2021 WIC Agency Breastfeeding Awards Announced, summarized from USDA/FNS
    • Action Tool Urging Congress to Support Paid Family Leave, summarized from MomsRising
    • Clinical Protocol on Supporting Breastfeeding During Hospitalization, summarized from ABM
    • Funding Opportunity for Research to Improve Native American Health, summarized from NIH
    • Research Article on the Impact of Breast Milk on Infant Cardiac Health, summarized from JAMA Pediatrics
  • State and Community News
    • Virtual Conference Registration Open, summarized from Mississippi Breastfeeding Coalition
    • Report on Maternal Mortality in California, summarized from CDPH/MCAH
    • Michigan BFHI Taskforce Leadership Opportunity, summarized from Coffective
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Lactation Support Provider Descriptors Table Updated, summarized from LSP Constellation
    • Resource on Collaboration Spectrum, summarized from Tamarack Institute
  • News & Views

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

USBC Updates

USBC Article Featured in USA Today Maternal Health Campaign

The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee was included in the print and digital editions of the USA Today "Maternal Health—Future of Personal Health" campaign with an article titled "How to Make Breastfeeding Easier for Future Parents." In the article, USBC Executive Director, Nikia Sankofa, highlights the importance of feeding babies human milk and how advocates and community members can remove barriers to infant feeding success. View the PDF of the print version (page 4).

Continuing Education Available for USBC Webinar Series

All three sessions of the Unpacking Commercial Milk Formula Marketing: Communities, Contexts, and Impacts webinar series have been approved for continuing education (CE) by the CDC. The following types of CE are available: CME, CNE, CEU, CECH, and CPH. View the after accreditation information for each session.  The USBC hosted the webinar series as part of its 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.

USBC Supports...

The USBC joined the following organizational sign-on letters from the field:

International News

Launch of Global Nutrition Accountability Framework, summarized from Global Nutrition Report

The Global Nutrition Report launched the Nutrition Accountability Framework (NAF) to create the first global independent and comprehensive platform for registering SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound) nutrition commitments and monitoring nutrition action, including related to infant feeding. NAF aims to monitor all nutrition actions according to common principles, methods, and approach. The NAF will encourage stakeholders to improve and take more action each year, highlighting success stories and providing an equal opportunity for all stakeholders to be recognised for their actions. 

Report on Implementing Global Guidance to Support Breastfeeding, summarized from GBC

The Global Breastfeeding Collective released a report titled "Implementation Guidance on Counselling Women to Improve Breastfeeding Practices." The publication provides global guidance for implementing the recommendations outlined in the World Health Organization's guideline, "Counselling of Women to Improve Breastfeeding Practices." The document aims to guarantee that all women receive high quality breastfeeding counselling by ensuring that breastfeeding counselling programs meet mothers' needs at the right times, with appropriately trained staff, in a sufficient number of contacts, and in a manner and mode most appropriate for their local context.

National News

Black Maternal Health Momnibus Bills Advanced, summarized from Congress

The House Committee on Energy & Commerce held a markup of the Build Back Better Act, including several provisions from the Black Maternal Health Momnibus. Subtitle J, Budget Reconciliation Legislative Recommendations Relating to Public Health, includes several provisions that specifically address lactation and lactating individuals. The legislation also includes a mandatory provision that will make federal funds permanently available for states to spend on expanded postpartum Medicaid and CHIP coverage to one year in every state. Both provisions were advanced out of committee. The legislation now goes to the House Committee on Budget before heading to the full House of Representatives. Highlights include:

Deadline Extended for Public Comment Opportunity to Inform Coverage Requirements for Insurers, summarized from WPSI

The Women's Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) extended the deadline to submit public comments on the 2021 Breastfeeding Support and Supplies Draft Clinical Recommendations to Tuesday, September 28. WPSI recommends comprehensive lactation support services (including consultation; counseling; education by clinicians and peer support services; and breastfeeding equipment and supplies) during the antenatal, perinatal, and postpartum periods to optimize the successful initiation and maintenance of breastfeeding. Comments must be brief, and fall into one of four categories: correction, addition/deletion, organizational policy conflict, or citations. After this public comment opportunity, the Multidisciplinary Steering Committee will review the public comments submitted. The final draft of the recommendations will be submitted to the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for review and inclusion under the Health Resources and Services Administration-supported Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines.

USBC Insight: The WPSI Breastfeeding Support and Supplies clinical recommendations are significant because they inform the Health Resources and Services Administration as to what services and supplies private insurance must cover with no cost-sharing. Recommendations that are strong and clear have the potential to influence Medicaid coverage in the future. The clinical recommendations are updated every five years.

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Policy Brief on Paid Leave and Maternal and Child Health, summarized from 1,000 Days

1,000 Days released a policy brief titled "Paid Leave: An Opportunity to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Maternal and Child Health." The publication examines research and data from the last two years on inequities in access to paid leave and the opportunity to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in maternal and child health through the passage of a universal, comprehensive paid family and medical leave policy in the United States. The report highlights that, while racial disparities in breastfeeding rates persist, paid leave supports breastfeeding initiation and longevity.

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Webinar on Supporting Lactation During Incarceration, summarized from BreastfeedLA

BreastfeedLA is hosting a webinar presentation titled "Supporting Lactation during Incarceration" on Wednesday, October 22, from 3-5 p.m. ET. Speakers Hannah Halliwell, IBCLC, Aditi Fruitwala, JD, and Robbie Gonzalez-Dow, MPH, RD, CLE, will present best practices for supporting lactation during incarceration. Topics addressed will include key education points for families, best practices for implementing a lactation program in a jail, and more.

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Launch of Birth & Breastfeeding Leadership Institute, summarized from BMBFA

The Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association is preparing to launch the "Birth & Breastfeeding Leadership Institute." The institute is a virtual national leadership development program designed to advance community-level leadership for racial justice and equity in maternal and child health. The institute will launch in 2022. 

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg 2021 WIC Agency Breastfeeding Awards Announced, summarized from USDA/FNS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services announced the 2021 WIC Breastfeeding Award of Excellence recipients. Formerly known as the Loving Support Award of Excellence, the award program was established to recognize local WIC agencies that have provided exemplary breastfeeding promotion and support activities. This year, FNS awarded WIC Breastfeeding Awards to 102 WIC local agencies: 90 Gold, including 1 Indian Tribal Organization, 11 Premiere, and 1 Elite award.

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Action Tool Urging Congress to Support Paid Family Leave, summarized from MomsRising

MomsRising launched an action tool titled "Time off to care is NOT a vacation, families NEED paid leave." Individuals can use the action tool to contact their members of Congress in support of creating a comprehensive national paid family and medical leave program through the budget reconciliation process.

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Clinical Protocol on Supporting Breastfeeding During Hospitalization, summarized from ABM

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine released a clinical protocol titled "ABM Clinical Protocol #35: Supporting Breastfeeding During Maternal or Child Hospitalization." The protocol includes 14 recommendations for supporting breastfeeding while a mother or child is hospitalized, including keeping breastfeeding mothers and children together when possible, providing the necessary equipment to support breastfeeding, and promoting shared decision making.

Funding Opportunity for Research to Improve Native American Health, summarized from NIH

The National Institutes of Health launched a funding opportunity announcement titled "Intervention Research to Improve Native American Health." The funding will support developmental/exploratory studies in preparation for health promotion, disease prevention, treatment, or treatment services research to improve health in Native American populations. The next application deadline is Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

Research Article on the Impact of Breast Milk on Infant Cardiac Health, summarized from JAMA Pediatrics

JAMA Pediatrics published an article titled "Cardiac Performance in the First Year of Age Among Preterm Infants Fed Maternal Breast Milk." Through a cross-sectional study of 80 preterm infants, the authors concluded that their findings suggest that there is a favorable association between consumption of maternal breast milk and cardiac performance at age one in preterm infants.

State & Community News

Virtual Conference Registration Open, summarized from MBC

The Mississippi Breastfeeding Coalition and the Mississippi Public Health Institute launched registration for their 2021 virtual conference, "Making an Impact in the Lactation Community." The conference will take place on Wednesday, October 6, starting at 9:30 a.m. ET, and registration is free. The first 100 registrants will receive a special gift.

Report on Maternal Mortality in California, summarized from CDPH/MCAH

The Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Division of the California Department of Public Health has released the first report from the California Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System (CA-PMSS) project. The publication focuses on pregnancy-related mortality among California residents from 2008 to 2016. Data on pregnancy-related deaths were compiled through CA-PMSS, a statewide case review of deaths among California women who were pregnant within the prior year. The report includes key findings on the causes and timing of pregnancy-related deaths in California, as well as socioeconomic and race/ethnicity breakdowns.

Michigan BFHI Taskforce Leadership Opportunity, summarized from Coffective

The Reducing Breastfeeding Disparities through Training, Accountability and Community Supports (QI-TRACS) is a birthing center collaborative designed to build trust between communities and hospitals and improve implementation of The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. The initiative targets breastfeeding racial disparities, and improves coordination of timely access to ongoing breastfeeding support and care through a four-part approach. QI-TRACS is seeking community organizers/leaders to co-lead Baby-Friendly Hospital Community Taskforces in Michigan. Submit an application. Nominate leaders.

Collective Impact Connection

CollectiveImpact.jpg Lactation Support Provider Descriptors Table Updated, summarized from LSP Constellation

The Lactation Support Providers Constellation released an updated version of the "Lactation Support Provider Descriptors Table" resource. The updated table reflects changes to the number of training hours required by some of the organizations.

Resource on Collaboration Spectrum, summarized from Tamarack Institute

The Tamarack Institute published a resource titled "The Collaboration Spectrum Revisited." The publication revisits Tamarack's Collaboration Spectrum tool to provide clarity to collaborative conveners, leaders, and partners about engaging in the work of collaboration. It includes definitions within the spectrum from a governance lens and highlights key governance organizing documents.

News & Views

Breastfeeding Medicine (editorial): "Achieving Breastfeeding Equity and Justice in Black Communities: Past, Present, and Future"

Los Angeles Sentinel: "Discussing Delta: Four Influential Black Women Share Views on the Variant and Vaccination"

Madamenoir: "Breaking the Negative Stigma of Black Breastfeeding: The Historic Trauma"

The Military Working Mom blog post: "Breaking Barriers: DoD Coverage of Human Milk Transport Costs While on Official Travel"

New York University press release: "Infant Formula Websites Overtly Discourage Breastfeeding"

off the charts (CBPP blog): "Economic Recovery Package Includes Nation’s First Comprehensive Paid Family and Medical Leave Program"

UCSD press release: "Do a Mom's Medications Affect Her Breast Milk and Baby? New Center Investigates"

Victorville Daily Press: "'Dehumanizing': Navy to pay former Barstow Marine base employee $50K to settle breastfeeding, sexual harassment lawsuit"

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