Weekly Wednesday Wire: September 11, 2013

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Federal News

Blog Post on Breastfeeding in the Workplace, from DOL

The U.S. Department of Labor has published a blog post on breastfeeding in the workplace, featuring key facts about the federal "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" law and resources for employees, especially highlighting the new Break Time for Nursing Mothers Employee Rights Card.

Upcoming Webcasts, from HRSA/MCHB

Join the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau for a webcast on Using the Fetal Infant Mortality Review Process for Improving Birth and Life Course Outcomes, on Wednesday, September 18 from 2-3 p.m. ET.

On Wednesday, September 25 from 12-1:30 p.m. ET, join a webcast on Breastfeeding Support Services: Enhancing Community-Based Efforts to Encourage Breastfeeding. The purpose of this webcast is to highlight current activities and limitations to community-based breastfeeding support services in both an urban and rural Healthy Start community. Presenters will also provide recommendations to strengthen breastfeeding support services for community health workers.

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, from CDC

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, a great time to highlight that breastfeeding is a crucial strategy in obesity prevention! Data reported recently in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vital Signs showed the first signs of a small decline in the rate of childhood obesity among low-income preschoolers in the U.S. Despite this promising news, still about 1 in 8 preschoolers, and 17% of all children, are obese. Join the conversation and help spread the word about national efforts to fight childhood obesity at hashtag #NCOAM. Find additional information and resources in a CDC feature article.

Member News

Perinatal Care Core Measure Webinar, from AAP

Join the American Academy of Pediatrics on Thursday, September 19 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET for a webinar on the new Joint Commission Perinatal Care Core Measure mandate on "exclusive breast milk feeding." The webinar will share what pediatricians can do to support accredited hospitals in tracking the measure to reduce or eliminate unnecessary supplementation of the breastfed newborn; highlight the AAP Ten Steps to Support Parents' Choice to Breastfeed Their Baby resource; and provide guidance to help hospitals improve maternity care practices and increase the number of Baby-Friendly designated hospitals in the United States.

Get Ready Day, from APHA

Join the American Public Health Association on September 17 for Get Ready Day, a campaign to help Americans prepare themselves, their families, and their communities for all disasters and hazards as part of National Preparedness Month. The USBC website has a dedicated page with key facts and resource links specific to breastfeeding and emergencies.

Partner News

Healthcare Insurer Breastfeeding Scorecard, from NBfC

The National Breastfeeding Center has released a scorecard of healthcare insurance companies based on coverage policies for breastfeeding support. NBfC assessed commercial insurance companies' published policies and guidelines and assigned a grade based on the adequacy of coverage provided. This research was conducted to see how the insurance industry is responding to the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPACA), specifically the provision concerning coverage of breastfeeding support, which went into effect on August 1, 2012.

News Clippings

Kansas City Public Media: "KC Group Fights Breast-Feeding Disparities With Education, Support

Entertainmentwise.com: "Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton Doing 'Amazingly Well' As New Mother"

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