Weekly Wire: April 3, 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
- Story Stool to Inform Response to Coronavirus Pandemic
- Arab American Heritage Month Webpage
- The USBC Supports...
- Special Section on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
- National News
- Black Maternal Health Week, summarized from BMMA
- Ready, Set, Baby Web Resource Launched, summarized from CT-DPH
- State & Community News
- Breastfeeding Helplines, summarized from Various
- Collective Impact Connection
- Webinar on Networks Strategies and COVID-19, summarized from LLC
- News & Views
*denotes a USBC member organization news item
Story Tool to Inform Response to Coronavirus Pandemic
The USBC has launched a story collector titled "How is the COVID-19 Pandemic Impacting Infant Feeding?" The highest priority of the USBC right now is creating a public record of the lived experience of breastfeeding families and those who support them. Health care providers, pregnant and breastfeeding families, and all public health stakeholders 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 USBC efforts as we seek to minimize the impact of this global crisis on breastfeeding families. There are options to share anonymously and privately.
Arab American Heritage Month Webpage
April is Arab American Heritage Month! The USBC has published a webpage titled, "National Arab American Heritage Month." The webpage features a compilation of resources, tools, and materials from the field, including resources that are available in Arabic and can be shared with breastfeeding families. Please share additional resources via the online submission form.
The USBC has joined the following organizational sign on letter from the field:
- Home Visiting Coalition Steering Committee: Letter urging members of Congress to provide emergency flexibility and a one-time investment of $100 million for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV).
Special Section on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
As communities around the nation respond to the global Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the USBC has continued to serve as a communication hub for the breastfeeding field. View the updated "Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies" webpage for key resources on COVID-19 and infant feeding. See the Staying Abreast: Weekly Wire archive for previous compilations of COVID-19 resources and updates. Submit additional resources for consideration via the online form. Highlights from the field include:
- *ACOG: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has published FAQs titled "Coronavirus (COVID-19), Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding: A Message for Patients." The 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.
- APIAHF: The Asian & Pacific Islander Health Forum has published a collection of crowd-sourced resources titled "AA and NHPI In-Language Resources for Coronavirus (COVID-19)." Individuals and organizations can submit additional Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander in-language resources on or about COVID-19 for consideration via the online form.
- *BFUSA: Baby-Friendly USA has published a statement titled "Coronavirus Update #2." The statement describes current recommendations, programmatic adjustments, and infant formula use and distribution at hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- BreastfeedLA has published a webpage titled "COVID-19 and Breastfeeding." The webpage features a compilation of resources on coronavirus and breastfeeding for families.
- BreastfeedLA has published a resource page titled "COVID-19 and Breastfeeding for Health." The webpage features resources and information for health care professionals.
- ENN: The Emergency Nutrition Network has launched a new en-net forum area titled "COVID-19 and nutrition programming." Submit a new question to the forum or view and respond to previously submitted questions.
- *Healthy Children Project:
- Healthy Children Project has launched a free webcast titled "Toxic Stress, Resilience Building, COVID-19 and Breastfeeding." The presentation explores how to build resilience in ourselves and others. The webcast is available through Friday, May 1. Continuing education credits are available.
- Healthy Children Project has published an Our Milky Way blog titled "Toxic Stress, Resilience Building, COVID-19 and Breastfeeding." The blog describes experiences and insights from across the breastfeeding field about how the pandemic is impacting the infant feeding landscape.
- La Leche League International has published a webpage titled "Breastfeeding and Coronavirus." The webpage features information and LLLI resources on COVID-19 that are available in a variety of languages.
- La Leche League International has published a media release titled "Continuing to Nurse Your Baby Through Coronavirus (2019-nCoV; COVID-19) and Other Respiratory Infections." The publication is available in 16 languages.
- March of Dimes: March of Dimes has hosted a Facebook Live expert panel presentation titled "Healthy Moms, Strong Babies: Expecting a Baby During the COVID-19 Pandemic." The presentation provides information and support for pregnant families during the pandemic and can be viewed anytime on the March of Dimes Facebook page.
- *Mom2Mom Global: Mom2Mom Global has published a blog titled "#COVID19 and Breastfeeding: The Basics." The blog features considerations, support, and resources for military families who are breastfeeding.
- NICHQ: The National Institute for Children's Health Quality has published a webpage titled "Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information for Children's Health Advocates." The webpage features a compilation of information on COVID-19 and children's health, including pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- NYDOH: The New York State Department of Health has published "Health Advisory: COVID-19 Guidance for Hospital Operators Regarding Visitation Updated Guidance regarding Obstetrical and Pediatric Settings." The health advisory replaces previously issued guidance in order to clarify that the visitation policy requires hospitals to allow one support person in labor and delivery settings if the patient so desires.
- RaceForward: RaceForward has published a statement titled "Race Forward Statement on the Coronavirus Emergency, Official Response and Its Impacts on Communities of Color." The statement calls on local and state governments and those who are doing emergency planning to pay special attention to the impact that this disease and the response to its spread may have on people and communities of color.
- WPSI: The Women's Preventive Services Institute has published a webpage titled "COVID-19." The webpage features a compilation of guidelines related to coronavirus and women's health.
- *ZERO TO THREE: ZERO TO THREE has published a webpage titled "Policy Response to COVID-19." The webpage features presentations and resources on the policy response to COVID-19 as it relates to young families, as well as action opportunities related to COVID-19.
COVID-19 News & Views
Trends in Medicine (Harvard Medical School blog): "COVID-19: Separating Infected Mothers from Newborns: Weighing the Risks and Benefits"
UCSD press release: "New Studies Investigate How COVID-19 May Impact Breast Milk and Pregnancy"
Black Maternal Health Week, summarized from BMMA
Black Maternal Health Week will take place Saturday, April 11, through Friday, April 17. The Black Mamas Matter Alliance has announced that the 2020 theme is Centering Black Mamas: The Right to Live and Thrive. The campaign and activities for Black Maternal Health Week serve to amplify the voices of Black mamas and center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements. BMMA has published the #BMHW20: Campaign Toolkit with messaging guidance, sample social media messages, shareable graphics, list of national digital activities, and resources to help you engage with the campaign and its partners.
Ready, Set, Baby Web Resource Launched, summarized from CT-DPH
The Connecticut Department of Public Health, in partnership with the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, has launched an interactive website adaptation of the Ready, Set, Baby curriculum. The website contains all the content of the original curriculum and allows expectant parents to choose a self-paced experience to prepare for their breastfeeding journey. The website was developed with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
State & Community News
Breastfeeding Helplines, summarized from Various
Several states and communities have launched breastfeeding hotlines to remotely support local breastfeeding families. Please submit additional hotline information via the online form.
- Michigan WIC: Call 833-MIWICBF or 833-649-4223. The phone line is staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.
- Ohio: Call 888-588-3423. The hotline is available 24/7.
- Oklahoma: Call 877-271-MILK or text OK2BF to 61222. Urgent calls are returned 24/7, and texting is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.
- St. Louis Area: Phone resources are listed on a local La Leche League website.
Collective Impact Connection
Webinar on Network Strategies and COVID-19, summarized from LLC
The Leadership Learning Circle will host a webinar titled "Network Strategies in COVID-19 Responses" on Friday, April 10, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. Presenters Ericka Stallings and Beth Kanter will explore how people are utilizing network strategies in their work as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
News & Views
*Lactation Matters: "Add a Telehealth Frame To Your Facebook Profile"