Weekly Wednesday Wire: December 18, 2013

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Member News

Participant Report, from USDA/WIC

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food & Nutrition Service has published WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2012 (PC2012), summarizing the demographic characteristics of participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nationwide in April 2012. It includes information on participant income and nutrition risk characteristics, estimates breastfeeding initiation rates for WIC infants, and describes WIC members of migrant farm-worker families. Among the 86 WIC state agencies that reported breastfeeding data for 2012, 67.1% of all 6- to 13-month-old infants and children were currently breastfed or were breastfed at some time, compared with 63.1% in 2010. Nearly half of the WIC state agencies (46.5%) had breastfeeding initiation rates between 60–79%. Only 7.0% of agencies had initiation rates of less than 40% and only 1.2% of agencies had an initiation rate of more than 90%. PC2012 is the most recent in a series of reports generated from WIC state management information system data biennially since 1992. The PC1998 benchmark estimate of breastfeeding initiation was 41.5%. With the exception of 2006–2008, the breastfeeding initiation rate increased approximately 4 percentage points between each PC reporting period from 1998 to 2012.

Partner News

Breastfeeding Article, from NICHQ

In the NICHQ (National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality) December 2013 newsletter, Dr. Erin Hamilton Spence, adviser for the Dallas-area birthing centers in the Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative, shares insight on the hospital collaborative experience in Texas.

News from the Field

Public Health Policy Highlight Brief, from RWJF

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation published a new Policy Highlight Brief entitled Return on Investment – Saving Lives and Money. The brief summarizes the findings from major studies on public health and prevention released between 2008 and 2013. Preventing disease and injury is the most cost-effective way to improve health; despite this fact, for every dollar spent on health care in the United States today, only about four cents goes towards public health and prevention. A variety of recent reports and studies show that strategic investments in proven, community-based prevention programs save lives and money.

Member/Partner/News Roundup on the FAMILY Act Introduction

On Thursday, December 12, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Rosa DeLauro introduced the FAMILY Act, a bill to establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program. Highlights included:

From MomsRising

From National Partnership for Women & Families

From Pew Research Center

From Institute for Women's Policy Research

From Center for Law and Social Policy

Media Highlights

News Clippings

Today.com: "What would baby Jesus eat? Pope supports breast-feeding in public"

The Huffington Post: "Pope Francis Supports Breastfeeding Enough To Know It Needs To Happen In Public"

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