The White House released the National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health on September 27, 2022. And on Wednesday, September 28, the Biden-Harris Administration hosted the second-ever White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. The strategy includes the federal government’s proposed actions for solutions to such challenges, with the inclusion of breastfeeding and human milk feeding. U.S. Breastfeeding Committee Executive Director, Nikia Sankofa, released a statement commending the National Strategy. Read the full statement here.

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The World Health Organization, UNICEF, and other partners have launched a new report, How the marketing of formula milk influences our decisions on infant feeding, which draws on the experiences of over 8,500 women and 300 health professionals across eight countries. The report summarizes the findings of a multinational study examining the impact of breast milk marketing on infant feeding decisions and practices. Read and share the full report here.

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Vice President Harris has recently announced plans to establish a “Birthing-Friendly” hospital designation for facilities that improve maternal outcomes and implement patient safety practices. This would be the first-ever hospital quality designation by the Department of Health and Human Services to focus specifically on maternity care. Read the full announcement here.

White House Press Release

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA)  is the body that coordinates World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2021, a global campaign to inform, anchor, engage, and galvanize action on breastfeeding and related issues. This year’s celebration will focus on the importance of protecting and supporting breastfeeding, as a shared responsibility.

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United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) has announced the theme for National Breastfeeding Month (NBM) 2021: Every Step of the Way. This theme highlights the shared vision of a world in which every family is supported to breastfeed at every step of their infant feeding journey.

NBM 2021 Weekly Observances:

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Congratulations to CHAMPS hospital, Merit Health River Oaks, and all the other awardees on their 2020 IBCLC Care Award! The award is presented to hospitals and community based agencies that are consistent in their dedication to promoting, supporting, and protecting breastfeeding by hiring IBCLCs and implementing projects and training that support high-quality lactation care.

Click on the button below to learn more about the award criteria and application process. Your facility or organization could be among the next set of awardees!

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The United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA)’s live webinars provides the opportunity to gain valuable education and engage in real-time discussion with the presenter. The webinars are an opportunity to earn CERPs and CNEs at your convenience.

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The 2020 National Breastfeeding Month theme is Many Voices United. “Now, more than ever, we must come together to identify and implement the policy and systems changes that are needed to ensure that every family that chooses breastfeeding has the support and resources they need to succeed.” – USBC

  • Week 1 (August 1-7): World Breastfeeding Week: Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet
  • Week 2 (August 9-15): Native Breastfeeding Week
  • Week 3 (August 16-24): Spotlight on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies
  • Week 4 (August 25-31): Black Breastfeeding Week: Revive. Restore. Reclaim

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released updated guidance for care of newborns to mothers with COVID-19, finding that evidence now suggests that babies are at low risk of becoming infected when they remain in-room with the mother after birth, if infection control practices are used. This marks a change from the initial AAP guidance, which recommended temporary separation of newborn infants from infected mothers. Experts based the cautious approach on the limited amount of information available in April, when the initial guidance was first written. The early research came from China, where the universal protocol was to immediately separate all newborn infants from infected mothers and isolate them for 14 days.

The new interim guidance, provided in an FAQ format, can be found at the link below

NEW INTERIM GUIDANCE AAP NEWS RELEASE

In light of recent evidence of COVID-19 reactive antibodies in breast milk, the World Health Organization (WHO) has updated their guidance and taken a stronger stance in favor of breastfeeding and skin to skin care.

WHO STATEMENT

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