Weekly Wednesday Wire: October 7, 2015

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Vital Signs Report on Hospital Breastfeeding Practices

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released this month's Vital Signs report, focused on trends in hospital practices that support breastfeeding. The report examined data from CDC's national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC), finding that the percentage of hospitals using a majority of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding increased from about 29% in 2007 to almost 54% in 2013, a nearly two-fold increase over six years. Other key points included: 

  • 80% of babies born in the U.S. start out breastfeeding
  • 6 in 10 breastfeeding mothers stop breastfeeding earlier than they intend
  • 14% of U.S. babies are born in hospitals designated Baby-Friendly

Visit the Vital Signs web page to find the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), consumer fact sheet, and podcast. Take advantage of CDC's social media tools, such as the Vital Signs buttons and email updates. Listen to the media telebriefing and read the press release.

The CDC will host a Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on Tuesday, October 13, from 2-3 p.m. ET, to include short presentations from one CDC subject matter expert and two speakers from the field, as well as the sharing of success stories, best practices, and challenges.

Updates from National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep (NAPPSS)

The National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep (NAPPSS) has announced the appointment of USBC Executive Director Megan Renner to its steering committee. The USBC's involvement as a NAPPSS coalition member and Ms. Renner's service on the steering committee will further efforts to effectively integrate the promotion of safe sleep and breastfeeding, two of the Maternal and Child Health National Performance Measures that are identified as protective factors to reduce SIDS/SUID deaths. Read Renner's statement on the appointment.

NAPPSS has also announced the official release of the National Action Plan to Increase Safe Infant Sleep. Join HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau for a webinar on Wednesday, October 21, from 2-3 p.m. ET to learn how your work on promoting safe sleep practices and breastfeeding fits into this national framework.

USBC Updates

New Collective Impact Webinar Series

The USBC network of member and partner organizations and breastfeeding coalitions is invited to a new series of bi-monthly webinars, launching this month as part of our efforts to "engage stakeholders in a Collective Impact model (USBC Strategic Framework Goal 3). With funding support from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, this series will focus on building the capacity of the breastfeeding coalitions to apply collective impact principles and tools to their state/local or cultural contexts. Webinars will be held every two months (in even numbered months) on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET.  For the first webinar session in the series on October 27, Sylvia Cheuy, Director of Deepening Community at Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement, will present Thinking & Acting Differently: The Collective Impact Opportunity

Federal News

An mPINC Minute, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2015 national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) has begun. Screening phone calls have started in all states and facilities will continue to be contacted on a rolling basis.

Disaster Preparedness Resource System, from HHS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has launched a resource system to improve disaster preparedness. The Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) features resource materials, a help line, just-in-time suggestions, and tools to share information gleaned from real-life experiences in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters. Through TRACIE's assistance center, state, tribal, local, and territorial officials can reach subject matter experts for technical assistance and consultations on a range of topics. Read the press release.

Partner News

New Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health, from WHO

The World Health Organization has launched The Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health (2016-2030), aiming to achieve the highest attainable standard of health for all women, children, and adolescents; transform the future; and ensure that every newborn, mother, and child not only survives, but thrives. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced more than $25 billion in initial commitments spanning five years to help end preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents, and ensure their health and well-being. Breastfeeding recommendations are integrated throughout the report. Read the press release.

Collective Impact Connection

Distributing Leadership, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released a article entitled, "Distributing Leadership, Promoting Stewardship," highlighting the value of "facilitative leadership," an approach to collaborative leadership and management rooted in creating optimal conditions for broad-based ownership and agency in social change efforts. This approach also helps uncover the causal loops of social issues and support the difficult conversations needed to address those issues. 

News & Views

The Washington Post: "Woman says she was told to pump breast milk in pet area at Dulles Airport"

TODAY: "Should babies be in the classroom? One mom's fight to bring her daughter to class"

Palm Beach Post: "Commentary: Family law bill puts mothers, children at risk"

PATH blog: "The NIFTY™ cup for newborns: when breastfeeding is not an option"

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