Weekly Wire: April 27, 2020

Weekly Wire: April 27, 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​
    • 2019 Annual Report Released: Our Work Together is Making a Difference!
    • Invitation for Organizations to Sign Joint Letter Urging Emergency Funding for Infant and Young Child Feeding  
    • Collective Impact Webinar on Adapting Lactation Care During COVID-19 Pandemic
    • Mother's Day is May 10: Shop the USBC Store! 
  • Special Section on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) 
  • National News​
    • Report on Public Health Funding Trends, summarized from TFAH
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Webinar on Community-Led Storytelling, summarized from LLC

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USBC Updates

2019 Annual Report: Our Work Together is Making a Difference! 

The USBC has released the "2019 Annual Report: Support Changes Everything." The magazine-style digital annual report presents USBC's accomplishments and activities from 2019. It was a busy year with many highlights, including welcoming the largest and most diverse cohort of new USBC member organizations, securing $9 million in funding for the CDC's Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program, and passage of the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act. In addition to providing key insights and data from our work together in 2019, the report looks ahead at the vital work before us as we face this global pandemic. Download the report to learn more

Invitation for Organizations to Sign Joint Letter Urging Emergency Funding for Infant and Young Child Feeding 

The USBC has launched an organizational sign-on letter urging members of Congress to support supplemental funding for infant and young child feeding in emergencies. The joint letter urges Congress to include $10 million for infant and young child feeding in the fourth Congressional COVID-19 response package. The coronavirus pandemic and pandemic-response have disrupted early attachment and compromised the initiation and establishment of breastfeeding, disproportionately impacting communities of color and those who are otherwise marginalized. Funding is needed to support the breastfeeding field to deliver lactation support services in the context of restraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Protecting breastfeeding is critical for ensuring food security and immunologic protection for infants born during this pandemic. Organizations are invited to sign-on via the online formThe deadline to sign on is Tuesday, April 28.

Collective Impact Webinar on Adapting Lactation Care During COVID-19 Pandemic

Join the USBC, Baby Café USA, Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and SE Michigan IBCLCs of Color for a webinar titled, "Stories from the Field: Adapting Lactation Care to COVID-19 Constraints." This panel discussion will be Tuesday, April 28, from 2-3 p.m ET, and will feature stories from the presenters about how their lactation programs have adjusted to social distancing requirements through the use of virtual technology, training, apps, and new distribution systems. This session is the first in a series of learning opportunities that the USBC is coordinating to support the First Food field's response to COVID-19. Register for the webinar

Mother's Day is May 10: Shop the USBC Store! 

Looking for the perfect Mother's Day or Father's Day gift? Visit the USBC Shop to explore our line of clothing and gifts. Choose from t-shirts and sweatshirts in a variety of styles, stickers and mugs, and useful tote bags and water bottles—there's something for everyone, including babies and children! The USBC receives a small percentage of the proceeds from every item sold, so your purchase today can help create lasting change for breastfeeding families. Order soon for delivery by Sunday, May 10. (Note, shipping times may be longer than usual.)

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:

COVID-19 News & Views

American Communities Project: "As Covid-19 Spreads, Different Communities See Different Challenges"

 ILCA/USLCA: "ILCA and USLCA Joint Statement in Support of the World Health Organization"

NPR: "The News Beyond The COVID Numbers"

Public Health Institute blog: "Protecting Public Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic: PHI Response & Resources"

RTV6: "The Milk Bank to host drive-up milk drive to boost supply during pandemic"

National News

Report on Public Health Funding Trends, summarized from TFAH

Trust for America's Health has published a report titled "The Impact of Chronic Underfunding on America's Public Health System: Trends, Risks, and Recommendations, 2020." The report examines federal, state, and local public health funding trends and recommends investments and policies to build a stronger public health system, prioritize prevention, and effectively address twenty-first-century health risks.

Collective Impact Connection

Webinar on Community-Led Storytelling, summarized from LLC

The Leadership Learning Community will host a webinar titled "Community Led Narrative Work" on Wednesday, May 13, from 12-1:30 p.m. ET. Speakers will explore how community-led narrative work, storytelling, and community-based learning models can support grassroots leadership and help create new possibilities of work.

News & Views

 LLL USA blog: "Breastfeeding Through Divorce"

Minnesota Daily: "UMN professor highlights maternity leave challenges in medical schools nationwide"

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