Weekly Wednesday Wire: May 1, 2013

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USBC Updates

Mother's Day Donor Match Opportunity

Everyone knows that moms make it all happen! Moms are so deserving of extra celebration that USBC leader Robert Locke and his wife, Sarah, have pledged $5,000 to match all individual donations to the USBC from now through this Mother's Day, May 12. That means that any contribution you make will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling your impact! Help us create lasting change in the lives of families across our nation...our advocacy efforts are entirely supported by donations from individuals like you! Donate Now: www.usbreastfeeding.org/donate

Federal News

Deadline Extension for Public Comment on mPINC Survey, from CDC via the Federal Register

The first national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (known as the mPINC Survey) was launched for hospitals and free-standing birth centers in 2007, and repeated in 2009 and 2011. The deadline to submit written comments on the importance of continuing this survey in 2013 and 2015 has been extended to this Friday, May 3.

National Women's Health Week, from OWH

National Women's Health Week is May 12-18, 2013. This weeklong health observance is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. It brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women's health and its importance and to empower women to make their health a priority.

Partner News

Fathers Infant Feeding Initiative Study, from ILCA

The Fathers Infant Feeding Initiative (FIFI Study) is a randomized controlled trial to increase the initiation and duration of breastfeeding that was conducted in eight public maternity hospitals in Perth, Western Australia. A total of 699 couples were randomized within hospitals to either intervention or control groups. The intervention consisted of a two-hour antenatal education session and postnatal support provided to fathers. This minimal intervention was found to significantly increase any breastfeeding at six weeks: 81.6% in the intervention group compared to 75.2% in the control group.

World Breastfeeding Week 2013, from WABA

The World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2013 theme, "Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers", highlights peer counseling. Even when mothers are able to get off to a good start, all too often in the weeks or months after delivery there is a sharp decline in breastfeeding rates and practices, particularly exclusive breastfeeding. The period when mothers do not visit a health care facility is the time when a community support system for mothers is essential. Peer counseling is a cost effective and highly productive way to reach a larger number of mothers more frequently.

Action Alert on the Prevention and Public Health Fund, from NACCHO

Join the National Association of County and City Health Officials in urging your Senators to support the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The Fund continues to be a target for budget reductions. Given that the Fund is the primary source of federal funding for place-based healthy community initiatives such as the Community Transformation Grants (CTG), protecting it is of particular interest to breastfeeding advocates. Policymakers need to know that prevention efforts are critical to reducing health care costs and promoting healthy communities. Now is the time when Congress is deciding what does and does not get funded. The Community Transformation Grants have been targeted for cuts in the President's budget, making them vulnerable.

News Clippings

NY Daily News: "Mom says flight attendant 'humiliated' her for using breast pump in the air"

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