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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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 form. The 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:
- 1,000 Days/ACOG: 1,000 Days and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have hosted a Facebook Live conversation titled "Pregnancy & COVID-19: Guidance for expecting parents." The recording is available on the 1,000 Days Facebook page.
- HMBANA: The Human Milk Banking Association of North America has released an infographic titled "Milk Handling for COVID-19 Positive or Suspected Mothers in the Hospital Setting." The infographic features evidence-based information on handling human milk in the hospital setting.
- GHN: The Global Health Network has launched the "COVID-19 Research Implementation Hub." The webpage features guidance, open access protocols, tools, and resources to support rapid research implementation in every type of healthcare setting.
- ISRHML: The International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation has launched a webpage titled "ISRHML Activities and Guidance related to COVID-19." The webpage collates scientific evidence and clinical resources related to COVID-19, human milk, and lactation.
- NAACP: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has published a resource titled "Ten Equity Implications of the Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak in the United States: The Imperative for Civil Rights Advocacy, Monitoring, and Enforcement." The resource outlines key considerations and recommendations on containing the spread of COVID-19 in communities of color.
- NIH: The National Institutes of Health have released a website titled "Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Treatment Guidelines." The website includes a section titled "Special Considerations in Pregnancy and Post-Delivery," which encourages enrollment of pregnant and lactating women in clinical trials (if eligible). Read the press release.
- RWJF: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released a video recording titled "COVID-19 in Indian Country—A Conversation with U.S. Indigenous Leaders." The presentation includes a discussion of the challenges and threats posed to U.S. Indigenous communities by the COVID-19 pandemic and how leaders are mobilizing in this time of need.
- The World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean has published a webpage titled "Breastfeeding advice during the COVID-19 outbreak." The webpage includes information for breastfeeding parents and health professionals.
- The World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean has released a series of social media graphics in English and Arabic featuring guidance related to breastfeeding and COVID-19.
COVID-19 News & Views
American Communities Project: "As Covid-19 Spreads, Different Communities See Different Challenges"
Public Health Institute blog: "Protecting Public Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic: PHI Response & Resources"
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"