Weekly Wednesday Wire: May 7, 2014

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USBC Updates

Your Mother's Day Gift Can Help Create Real Change for Breastfeeding Moms

This Mother's Day, please consider making a donation to USBC. Advocates are coming together in new and innovative ways to ensure today's breastfeeding moms receive the support they need and deserve. Many of our goals are within reach for the very first time, but we can't do it without your help! To designate your donation in honor of a mom in your life, simply include her name in the "in honor of" section of our online donation form. We'll send you a link to e-mail them our brand new e-postcard to acknowledge your gift. The e-card is perfect to send to any mom as a tribute from family, friends, or even health care providers, a simple yet unique way to acknowledge this special day.

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 raise awareness of the federal "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" law, we've teamed up with several USBC member organizations to cross-post a blog post featuring key information and resources for providers to share with the moms they serve. Visit our Mother's Day 2014 webpage for an updated list as the blogs go live.

Federal News

Business Case for Breastfeeding Materials, from HHS/HRSA

The Health Resources and Services Administration has historically made available free hard copy Business Case for Breastfeeding materials. Over the next couple of months HRSA will be winding down this operation and discontinuing the distribution of these materials. Please consider placing an order for your own needs and/or spreading this message to your networks to ensure that partner organizations have the opportunity to secure adequate Business Case resources for upcoming conferences, workshops, and general use. Place an order by calling 1-888-ASK-HRSA or emailing ask@hrsa.gov.
Available Materials:

  • MCH00250 - The Business Case for Breastfeeding: Employees Guide to Breastfeeding and Working (small pamphlet)
  • MCH00254 - The Business Case for Breastfeeding: Steps for Creating a Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite: Bottom Line Benefits (whole kit)
  • MCH00408 - The Business Case for Breastfeeding: Resources for Building a Lactation Support Program Tool Kit (component of kit)

Webinar on Women and the Health Care Law, from HHS

Join the HHS Partnership Center on May 13 at 2 p.m. ET for a special Women's Health Week webinar, Keeping Women Healthy: The Promise of the Health Care Law. Learn about how the health care law can improve the health of women, including providing free cancer screenings such a mammograms, colonoscopies, and PAP tests; breastfeeding support and equipment; and well-women visits at no cost. Information on how the HHS Office of Women's Health can connect women to health information will also be shared. Please send questions to ACA101@hhs.gov prior to the webinar.

Workplace Blog, from The White House

The White House has published a blog post on creating workplaces that work for families, highlighting the upcoming Working Families Summit.

Member News

New Micro-Documentary, from BMBFA

Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association has released a micro-documentary that uncovers breastfeeding roadblocks and successful ways to overcome historical, societal, and social barriers to breastfeeding success. Read the media coverage from Women's eNews.

Home Visiting Program Reauthorization, from AMCHP

A new article published in the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs Pulse newsletter provides an update on reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program.

Partner News

#WhatMothersNeed Week of Action, from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women & Families is hosting the #WhatMothersNeed week of action in honor of Mother's Day. Each day focuses on a different issue including: quality maternity care; pregnancy discrimination; family-friendly workplace policies like paid family and medical leave and paid sick days; fair pay; and access to quality, affordable health care. Join the daily tweet storms at 3 p.m. ET on Twitter at hashtag #WhatMothersNeed to join the conversation.

News from the Field

National Study of Employers, from FWI

The Families and Work Institute has released the 2014 National Study of Employers documenting the practices, policies, programs, and benefits provided by U.S. employers to enhance organizational and employee success by addressing the changing realities of today's economy, workforce, and workplace. The study was conducted in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management. Read the press release.

State/Community News

Policy Regarding Medicaid Coverage to Promote Breastfeeding, from DC

The District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance has released a policy to clarify what lactation services are covered and how to bill for these services under the District's Medicaid program.

Paid Family Leave Anniversary, from California

This summer will mark the 10-year anniversary of the implementation of California's paid family leave program. The California Work & Family Coalition has published a blog post highlighting current and upcoming activities to support improved implementation of the law, including the Working Families forum to be held in San Francisco later this month.

News and Views

The Huffington Post: "Blood Donors and Breast Milk Donors: Lifesavers"

Lactation Matters (ILCA blog): "Open Letter: Barriers To The IBCLC Profession"

Blackdoctor.org: "Is Your Pediatrician An Infant Nutrition Specialist? 8 Must-Ask Questions"

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