Weekly Wednesday Wire: April 30, 2014

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USBC Updates

Mother's Day 2014: Make Breastfeeding Work @ Work

In honor of Mother's Day, USBC is mobilizing action to ensure that working moms are empowered and supported to make breastfeeding work at work! To kick off the celebration, we've teamed up with KellyMom.com to publish a blog post featuring key information on the "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" law and created shareable Facebook graphics to get more moms the information they need. Help spread the word far and wide by sharing the blog and graphics with your network today!

Federal News

Healthy People 2020 Progress Review Webinar, from HHS

Join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday, May 9 at 12:30 p.m. ET for a Healthy People 2020 Progress Review webinar featuring the Nutrition and Weight Status & Physical Activity topic areas. The webinar will not directly address the breastfeeding objectives included in the Maternal, Infant, and Child Health topic area, but will address childhood obesity.

State Breastfeeding Program Funding, from USDA/FNS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service has announced the release of nearly $60 million in Fiscal Year 2014 funds to WIC agencies in states, territories, and Indian tribal organizations in support of breastfeeding peer counselor programs. A big thanks to all who participated in the National Breastfeeding Month 2013 campaign to call on Congress to support continuation of this funding!

Member News

Funding Awarded to Expand Programs, from ROSE

Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) has been awarded a $115,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to expand culturally proficient breastfeeding education programs, especially in African American communities. New programs include Reaching our Brothers Everywhere, Cultural Coalitions, and Summit of the South. Read the press release.

Black Breastfeeding Circle Collaborative, from ROSE

ROSE has also developed the Black Breastfeeding Circle (BBC) collaborative, a national initiative to unite health care providers ranging from physicians to community health workers with a vested interest in black infant and maternal health through addressing breastfeeding disparities. BBC will provide a forum for individuals to come together to discuss, disseminate, and implement best practices for engaging families within the African American community on breastfeeding and lactation management. View the complete webcast from the BBC held in Georgia on April 26, 2014.

Partner News

Action Alert, from NWLC

In honor of Mother's Day, the National Women's Law Center has launched an action alert to call on legislators to co-sponsor the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which would require employers to make reasonable accommodations when workers need them because of pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions.

News from the Field

Share your #WorkingFamilies Story, from CAP

The Center for American Progress is collecting stories from working families to better understand the issues facing working Americans in communities across the country. If you faced barriers to breastfeeding in the workplace, share your story to ensure breastfeeding is part of the conversation leading up to the White House Summit on Working Families, to be hosted on June 23 in collaboration with the Department of Labor and the Center for American Progress. See the conversations already happening with the #WorkingFamilies storify from the Department of Labor.

News and Views

Healthcare Design: "Simulating The NICU Experience"

BuzzFeed.com: "The Importance of Paid Family and Medical Leave: Shelby's Story"

Wellbound Storytellers (Native Health News Alliance blog): "Breastfeeding is food sovereignty for Native communities"

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