Weekly Wire: March 28, 2020

Weekly Wire: March 28, 2020

The Staying Abreast: Weekly Wire e-Newsletter is a compendium of news, actions, and resources considered to be of interest or relevance to the breastfeeding field. The newsletter aims to support the USBC's mission "To drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States." Included items are submitted for consideration or identified by the USBC e-news team via extensive online review. Whenever possible, the newsletter utilizes language directly from the primary source of an item without additional analysis or edits. In some cases, the USBC offers additional perspectives through the "USBC Insights," media and partner highlights, and the "News & Views" section. Inclusion of an item in the e-newsletter does not imply endorsement or support by the USBC of an item or organization, unless specifically noted.

In this Issue:

  • USBC Updates​
    • New Story Tool Launched to Inform Response to Coronavirus Pandemic
    • Power Tools Webinar on Growing Your State Breastfeeding Coalition
    • The USBC Supports...
  • Special Section on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)  
  • International News
    • Comic on Infant Feeding During Emergencies, summarized from ENN
    • Online Nutrition Resource Hub, summarized from USAID
  • National News​
    • Free Access to Journal Articles, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
    • National Public Health Week, summarized from APHA 
  • State & Community News
    • Webinar Series on Paid Family Leave, summarized from California
  • Equity Lens
    • Resource on COVID-19 and Inclusive Language, summarized from The Opportunity Agenda
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Article on Storytelling and Community Work, summarized from Tamarack
  • News & Views

  denotes a USBC member organization news item

USBC Updates

New Story Tool Launched to Inform Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

The USBC has launched a new story collector titled "How is the COVID-19 Pandemic Impacting Infant Feeding?" USBC's highest priority right now is assessing the lived experience of breastfeeding families and those who support them. Individuals are invited to share their experiences and insights about how the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is impacting the infant feeding experience. The situation is constantly evolving, and stories are critically needed to inform the USBC's efforts as we seek to minimize the impact of this virus on breastfeeding families. There are options to share anonymously and privately.

Power Tools Webinar on Growing Your State Breastfeeding Coalition

Join the USBC and the Executive Directors of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Taskforce (NMBTF) and the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition (KBC) on Tuesday, April 14, from 2-3 p.m. for a webinar titled "Taking Your State Breastfeeding Coalition to the Next Level." Following a brief presentation from the NMBTF and KBC, the panel will be open for questions and discussion with the audience about the practicalities of building a strong state breastfeeding coalition. Participants will learn about contracts for special projects, using independent contractors, and much more. Individuals from coalitions at all levels of capacity are encouraged to join and learn from each other. Register for the Power Tools webinar series

USBC Supports...

The USBC has joined the following organizational sign on letter from the field:

Special Section on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. It has now been detected in more than 150 locations internationally, including in the United States. All 50 states have reported cases of COVID-19 to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The USBC has updated the "Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies" webpage to include resources specific to COVID-19. Submit additional resources on breastfeeding and COVID-19 for consideration. Statements and resources from the field include:

  • 4th Trimester Project: 4th Trimester Project has published a compilation of information and support resources for postpartum health and well-being during the pandemic titled "Coronavirus, COVID-19 for New Moms." 
  •  ACOG: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has published "COVID-19 FAQs for Obstetrician-Gynecologists, Obstetrics." These FAQs are based on expert opinion and are intended to supplement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and the ACOG Practice Advisory with information on how to optimize obstetric care in the context of COVID-19. 
  • Alliance for Early Success: The Alliance for Early Success has published a compilation webpage titled "Latest COVID-19 Actions by State." The webpage will be regularly updated to reflect state responses to the COVID-19 emergency.
  •  AMCHP:
    • The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs has published a webpage titled "Coronavirus Disease 2019: MCH and Community Resources" featuring information and resources from federal agency and organizational partners.
    • The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs is merging the Monthly Policy call with a COVID-19 town hall, to be held on Thursday, April 2, at 2 p.m. ET. Register for the meeting.
  •  APHA: The American Public Health Association has launched an action tool titled "Prioritize public health in legislation to combat COVID-19." Individuals can use the action tool to contact their members of Congress and urge them to prioritize public health infrastructure and paid sick, family, and medical leave in any future legislation to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • ASTHO:
    • The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials has released a crisis communications guide titled "COVID-19: Simple Answers to Top Questions: Risk Communication Field Guide Questions and Key Messages." This document will be updated periodically to reflect new information and recommendations as they become available.
    • The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials has published a webpage titled "COVID-19." The webpage includes a compilation of resources and an interactive map documenting COVID-19 responses by state.
  •  AWHONN: The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses has published a webpage titled "Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)" featuring updates and AWHONN positions related to the pandemic.
  • Congress: The "Providing Americans Insured Days of (PAID) Leave Act" (S.3513) has been introduced in the Senate. The PAID Leave Act would ensure that working people have access to fourteen days of paid sick leave and twelve weeks of paid family and medical leave for use during the COVID-19 outbreak or any future public health emergency. This bill would also provide up to seven earned paid sick and safe days annually to recover from short-term illnesses, access preventive care, care for a sick loved one, or seek assistance related to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. It also creates a permanent paid family and medical leave insurance system to welcome a new child, care for loved ones, and address serious personal medical issues. Read the press release
  • BFUSA: Baby-Friendly USA has published a Coronavirus Update statement pertaining to issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak, including rescheduling onsite assessment appointments.
  • EIPMH: The European Institute of Perinatal Mental Health has published "Keeping COVID 19 positive mothers and their newborns together." The article describes the effects of separating infants from their mothers. 
  •  HCO: HealthConnect One has published a webpage titled "Covid-19 Response & Resources." The webpage includes a statement from HCO on the pandemic, a compliation of resources, and media highlights. 
  • HHS:
  •  HMBANA: The Human Milk Banking Association of North America has published an infographic titled "Milk Donation & COVID-19." The infographic highlights how lactating people with extra breast milk can help during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  •  IABLE: The Institute for the Advancement of Breastfeeding & Lactation Education has released a podcast titled "Adapting the Practice of Breastfeeding Medicine During the COVID-19 Pandemic." The podcast features a discussion with physicians to share insights, policies, and practices from inpatient and outpatient experiences.
  • IASC: The Inter-Agency Standing Committee has released "Interim Guidance on Scaling-up COVID-19 Outbreak in Readiness and Response Operations in Camps and Camp-like Settings." The document describes the specific challenges and vulnerabilities that must be taken into consideration when planning for readiness and response operations for the COVID-19 outbreak for those who are displaced and/or living in camps and camp-like settings.
  •  ILCA: The International Lactation Consultant Association has released "ILCA Statement on Breastfeeding and Lactation Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic." The statement emphasizes that breastfeeding should continue and be supported during the COVID-19 epidemic, with appropriate precautions.
  •  LER: Lactation Education Resources has published "Resources for Lactation Supporters During COVID-19," which includes printable fact sheets.  
  •  MomsRising: MomsRising has launched a story collector titled "Tell lawmakers how the coronavirus is impacting your family!" Individuals are invited to share their story to help elected leaders understand how policy decisions are impacting families.
  • NIHCM: The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation has posted archived videos of its "COVID-19 Webinar Miniseries," featuring insights into the status of the response and remaining gaps in the system that must be addressed to limit the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.
  •  NWA:
    • The National WIC Association has published a webpage titled "COVID-19 Resources," featuring links to WIC-related resources from NWA, federal agencies, and state and local WIC programs. 
    • The National WIC Association has released a "WIC & COVID-19 - Messaging Toolkit" featuring shareable resources in Spanish and English.
    • The National WIC Association has published "Breastfeeding and COVID-19 Guidance," which summarizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations on COVID-19 and breastfeeding. 
  •  USLCA: The United States Lactation Consultant Association has published a webpage titled "COVID-19 and Breastfeeding," featuring a list of reliable resources to help guide lactating parents.
  • WHO: The World Health Organization has published "Q&A on COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding," providing recommendations and information for people who are pregnant or postpartum.

International News

Comic on Infant Feeding During Emergencies, summarized from ENN

The Emergency Nutrition Network has published a comic titled "Feeding Babies during Emergencies: What should you do?" The comic is based on the ENN publication titled "Operational Guidance on Infant Feeding in Emergencies" and is available in English, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic. 

Online Nutrition Resource Hub, summarized from USAID

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched the Nutrition Resource Hub, a collection of over 300 multi-sectoral nutrition tools and resources developed by USAID and its projects over the past decade. The resources are sorted by technical area, resource type, and geographic focus, all in one user-friendly format. Breastfeeding is included as an area of interest. 

National News

Free Access to Journal Articles, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine

Breastfeeding Medicine has announced open access through Sunday, April 5 to the following articles:

 National Public Health Week, summarized from APHA

The American Public Health Association has announced that National Public Health Week (NPHW) will take place Monday, April 6, through Sunday, April 12. The 2020 theme is NPHW @ 25: Looking Back Moving Forward. During each day of National Public Health Week, APHA will focus on a particular public health topic and identify ways each of us can make a difference. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of APHA's events will be online. APHA has published "National Public Health Week and COVID-19" to help participants apply a COVID-19 lens to the NPHW daily themes.

State and Community News

Webinar Series on Paid Family Leave, summarized from California

The California Work & Family Coalition and the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence are hosting a three-part webinar training series titled "Understanding Paid Family Leave." Each session will first be presented in English from 1-3 p.m. ET, then in Spanish from 4-6 p.m. ET. The first session is titled "California Paid Family Leave 101" and will take place Friday, April 17.

Equity Lens

Resource on COVID-19 and Inclusive Language, summarized from The Opportunity Agenda

The Opportunity Agenda has published a resource titled "Talking About Coronavirus: Centering Language around Inclusion, Empowerment, and Justice." The publication demonstrates how to use a VSPA (Value, Problem, Solution, Action) format when talking about COVID-19 and reminds individuals to center their language around inclusion, empowerment, and justice.

Collective Impact Connection

Article on Storytelling and Community Work, summarized from Tamarack

Tamarack Institute has published an article titled "The Importance of Stories in Community Work." The author connects the success of an Asset-Based Community Development approach with the universal importance of storytelling.

News & Views

Buzzfeed News: "This Mom Can't Get Enough Food To Feed Her Kids Because Panicked Shoppers Are Buying All The WIC-Eligible Food"

tribLIVE: "Pittsburgh Milk Bank director: 'Donor milk is life-saving medicine'"

UNICEF: "7 ways employers can support working parents during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak"

UT News: "'Breastfeeding Gap' Exists Among Mexican-Origin Women Living in Texas"

Yahoo: "Hospitals in San Francisco and other cities may ban pregnant people from having visitors during labor because of the coronavirus, including spouses and partners"

The Atlantic: "COVID-19 Is Upending Parents' Birth Plans"

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