Weekly Wednesday Wire: March 5, 2014

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USBC Updates

Call for Presentation Proposals

The United States Breastfeeding Committee will convene the Fifth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference from August 2-4, 2014, in Arlington, VA. The 2014 theme is Transforming Barriers into Bridges: Cultivate Your Community Leadership. Conference organizers will illustrate this theme through presentations—breakout sessions, breakfast table topics, or posters—that advance the Conference Objectives. Breastfeeding coalitions, individuals, and other organizations are invited to submit presentation proposals.


Federal News

Reproductive and Sexual Health Webinar, from HealthyPeople.gov

Join HealthyPeople.gov for Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Webinar: Reproductive and Sexual Health on Thursday, March 20, at 12:30 p.m. ET.  The webinar will include a roundtable discussion on the importance of reproductive and sexual health, as well as strategies and resources to effectively address the Healthy People 2020 reproductive and sexual health objectives, including prenatal care.

Women's Health USA 2013, from HRSA/MCHB

The Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau has released Women's Health USA 2013, the 12th edition of an annual data book highlighting critical issues, trends, and disparities in women's health. This year, maternal health indicators were included in a special perinatal edition of the companion data book, Child Health USA.


News from the Field

Statement on Obesity Rates, from RWJF

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has published a statement highlighting the significance of new reports from the CDC showing that obesity prevalence among 2 to 5 year olds has dropped by more than 40 percent in eight years. The new findings have received extensive media attention, including in The New York Times article "Obesity Rate for Young Children Plummets 43% in a Decade." 

Sibling Study, from Social Science & Medicine

A new study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine suggested that some of the benefits of breastfeeding have been overstated. The study used sibling comparisons to estimate the effect of breastfeeding on long-term BMI/obesity, asthma, hyperactivity, attachment, compliance, and academic achievement and competence. Significant media attention surrounding the study has resulted in inaccurate and incomplete reporting on the proven impact of breastfeeding on public health, prompting responses from around the globe, including:

State/Community News

Breastfeeding in Public Bill, from West Virginia

The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill that would allow mothers to breastfeed a child in any public location. The bill has now moved to the state Senate. Visit the West Virginia Breastfeeding Alliance Facebook page for information on how you can support the bill.

News and Views

Forbes: "Why Does Google Care About Breastfeeding?"

MomsRising blog: "Why the First 1,000 Days Matter"

Mocha Manual: "What Black Churches Can Learn from the Pope"

The Huffington Post: "What Happens When Dietitians Learn About Nutrition From Big Food?"

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