Weekly Wire: May 30, 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
- Power Tools Webinar Recording on Law and Policy Interventions to Support Breastfeeding
- Share Breastfeeding Resources for Pride Month
- Special Section on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
- International News
- Report on Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes, summarized from IBFAN/UNICEF/WHO
- World Breastfeeding Week Action Folder and Pledge Form, summarized from WABA
- National News
- Funding for Implementation of Black Breastfeeding Blueprint Awarded, summarized from ROSE
- Update on Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and Draft Report, summarized from DGAC
- Safe Sleep Resources for Child Care Providers, summarized from NICHQ
- Collective Impact Connection
- Webinar on Creating a Culture of Equity and Reconciliation, summarized from Tamarack
- News & Views
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Power Tools Webinar Recording on Law and Policy Interventions to Support Breastfeeding
The USBC has published the recording of the Power Tools webinar session titled "The Role of Law and Policy in Assisting Families to Reach Healthy People's Maternal, Infant, and Child Health Breastfeeding Goals in the United States." This panel discussion shared information from a report released as part of the Healthy People Law and Health Policy Project—a collaboration between the federal HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CDC Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—that examines how communities can use law and policy interventions at the healthcare, workplace, school, and community-levels to achieve Healthy People's objectives related to breastfeeding. The presentation highlighted key findings from the report, including summarizing existing laws and policies that impact breastfeeding families, and sharing specific initiatives from the national to community level that demonstrate emerging trends in breastfeeding support and policy.
Share Breastfeeding Resources for Pride Month
June is Pride Month! The USBC has published a webpage titled, "LGBTQIA+ Resources and Pride Month." The webpage features a compilation of resources, tools, and materials from the field that can be shared with breastfeeding families. Please submit additional resources via the online form.
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 released translated versions of the patient resource titled "Coronavirus (COVID-19), Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding: A Message for Patients." The resource is now available in Arabic, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish.
- BAF: The Booz Allen Foundation has established a $1 million Innovation Fund to help nonprofits, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, innovators at colleges and universities, and startups and small businesses harness the power of data, technology, and diverse intellectual capital to improve COVID-19 relief efforts and make a difference. The Foundation is accepting applications through June 5.
- BreastfeedLA: BreastfeedLA has published a document titled "COVID-19 Position Statement." The statement highlights the importance of breast/chestfeeding as a public health intervention during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- CBC: The California Breastfeeding Coalition is hosting a webinar titled "Creating Community Online: How to Provide Connection and Support in Virtual Groups" on Monday, June 1, at 3 p.m. ET. Speakers will discuss how online support groups are effective and convenient forums to facilitate lasting bonds as well as best practices to foster inclusion during online sessions.
- CDC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published guidance titled "Evaluation and Management Considerations for Neonates At Risk for COVID-19." The guidance is intended to inform healthcare providers about the diagnosis, evaluation, infection prevention and control practices, and disposition of neonates (≤28 days old) with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or known COVID-19 exposure, including birth to a mother with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
- CDPH: The California Department of Public Health has issued a resource titled "Guidance for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women During the COVID-19 Pandemic." The publication includes guidance for pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as obstetrical care providers.
- Congress: The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing titled "The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color," on Wednesday, May 27. Individuals and organizations may submit a written statement for consideration by the Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the hearing before close of business on Wednesday, June 10.
- LER: Lactation Education Resources has published several new resources for lactation support providers.
- The "Phone Triage Algorithm for Determining Home Visit or Telehealth Visit" decision tree has been published to help lactation support providers determine if a patient should proceed with a home visit, telehealth virtual visit, or be referred to an emergency department. A Spanish version titled "Algoritmo de triaje telefónico para determinar visita domiciliaria o consulta online" has also been published.
- The "PPE For Lactation Support Providers In the Community Setting" fact sheet includes guidance on the use of masks, gloves, and gowns for lactation support providers.
- The "Helping a Parent to Relactate" fact sheet includes information to assist with a parent's relactation efforts.
- NACCHO: The National Association of County & City Health Officials will host a webinar titled "COVID-19 Response: Promising Practices in Health Equity" on Tuesday, June 2, from 3-4 p.m. ET. The webinar will focus on sharing promising public health practices to reduce COVID-19 related disparities. During this webinar, presenters will discuss the actions their cities have taken to mitigate the pandemic's disproportionate impact on racial and ethnic minorities.
- TFAH: Trust for America's Health has released an issue brief titled "What we are learning from COVID-19 about being prepared for a public health emergency." The report highlights the most important action steps needed to ensure Americans' health security. It includes recommendations in four major policy areas: funding and coordination, medical countermeasures, healthcare readiness, and equity and resilience.
COVID-19 News & Views
Breastfeeding Medicine: "Protect Pregnant and Lactating Women with COVID-19 Through Research, Not from Research"
Mothers' Milk Bank Northeast blog: "COVID-19 Outbreak Inspires Mom to Donate Milk: Stephanie's Story"
Report on Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes, summarized from IBFAN/UNICEF/WHO
The International Baby Food Action Network, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization have jointly published a report titled "Marketing of breast milk substitutes: national implementation of the international code, status report 2020." The report provides updated information on the status of implementing the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (the Code) and subsequent relevant World Health Assembly resolutions in countries. Using a scoring algorithm, the report concludes that in 2018-2020, 44 countries around the world strengthened their protections against inappropriate marketing of breast milk substitutes. 11 other countries passed new Code-related legislation or filled gaps in existing legal measures during this time period. The United States has no legal measures related to the Code. Read the press release.
World Breastfeeding Week Action Folder and Pledge Form, summarized from WABA
The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has released the #WBW2020 Action Folder. The action folder features the 2020 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) theme, Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet, campaign objectives, demonstrates the links between breastfeeding and planetary health, and identifies challenges and solutions for increasing breastfeeding rates. WABA has also launched the WBW 2020 pledge form where individuals can submit details about virtual or in-person WBW activities. WBW 2020 will take place August 1-7.
Funding for Implementation of Black Breastfeeding Blueprint Awarded, summarized from ROSE
Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere has announce receipt of a three-year funding award from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The funding will support ROSE to address inequities in breastfeeding rates among African American women by partnering with communities across the U.S. who promote and support breastfeeding through culturally appropriate capacity building of community members, public health professionals, and healthcare systems.
Update on Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and Draft Report, summarized from DGAC
The U.S. Food and Nutrition Service has announced that the deadline to submit public comments to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has been extended to Wednesday, June 10. In addition, the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) has announced that it is nearing completion of its scientific review, examining specific topics and supporting scientific questions identified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Draft conclusion statements for the questions examined by each of the topic-driven subcommittees have been published online, including questions examined by the Pregnancy and Lactation and Birth to 24 Months subcommittees. The DGAC will hold the Draft Advisory Report Meeting on Wednesday, June 17, from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. ET. The meeting will be available to attend by webcast only.
USBC Insight: The 2020-2025 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans will include, for the first time ever, nutrition recommendations for infants, toddlers, and pregnant and lactating parents. Individuals are invited to use the USBC action tool to submit public comments urging the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to support breastfeeding priorities. Responding to public comment opportunities is not lobbying. The federal government is actively soliciting your input to inform its decision-making.
Safe Sleep Resources for Child Care Providers, summarized from NICHQ
The National Institute for Children's Health Quality has published a new resource titled "Safe Sleep Resources for Child-Care Providers." The resource includes a downloadable handout and infographic, which include information on how supporting breastfeeding can contribute to a safe sleep environment. These resources were developed as part of the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration Improvement and Innovation Network (NAPPSS-IIN).
Collective Impact Connection
Webinar on Creating a Culture of Equity and Reconciliation, summarized from Tamarack
The Tamarack Institute is hosting a webinar titled "Creating a Culture of Equity and Reconciliation" on Tuesday, June 9, from 1-2 p.m. ET. The presentation will address what it looks like to create a culture of equity and reconciliation in practice and how participants can enable and support change at the individual, community, and systemic levels.