Weekly Wire: June 24, 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
- August Breastfeeding Events Presentation Recording
- Taking a Mission Moment...
- USBC Accepting New Member Applications
- Special Section on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
- COVID-19 News & Views
- International News
- Free Access to Journal Articles, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
- National News
- Webinar on Postpartum Care for Sexual Violence Survivors, summarized from MIBFN
- Clinical Protocol on Breastfeeding and Breast Cancer, summarized from ABM
- State of Babies Yearbook, summarized from ZERO TO THREE
- Report on Nutrition During Pregnancy and Lactation Workshop, summarized from NASEM
- Collective Impact Connection
- Resource on Physicians and Lactation Support Providers, summarized from ACOG
- Publication on Collective Impact Post-Pandemic, summarized from Tamarack
- News & Views
* denotes a USBC member organization news item
+ denotes a USBC-affiliated constellation news item
August Breastfeeding Events Presentation Recording
The USBC released the recording of a webinar presentation titled "A Conversation with Organizers of Global, National, and Community August Breastfeeding Events." The session included presentations by Black Breastfeeding Week, Native Breastfeeding Week, and World Breastfeeding Week organizers. Each presenter shared event origins, 2020 themes, and how to get involved in August and beyond. Learn more about National Breastfeeding Month 2020.
Taking a Mission Moment...
The USBC hosted its Membership Meeting on Thursday, June 11. The biannual event brings together the more than 100 member organizations that comprise the USBC to work collaboratively to drive policy and practice changes that create a landscape of breastfeeding support. As part of a meeting segment referred to as the "Mission Moment," USBC Board Member Amy Barron Smolinski provided a moving reflection on the dual public health crises of systemic racism and COVID-19, and their impact on our collective mission. Listen to the recording or read the transcript.
USBC Accepting New Member Applications
The USBC is accepting applications for membership in the following categories: National Nonprofit Members, Associate Nonprofit Members, Affiliate Nonprofit Members, and Breastfeeding Coalitions. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested organizations should visit the Prospective Members webpage to access the membership application and reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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:
- * HealthConnect One: HealthConnect One is hosting two webinar sessions on supporting families during COVID-19 and emergencies. The webinar is titled "Supporting Families During COVID-19 and Emergencies/Apoyando a Familias Durante COVID-19 y Emergencias." Presented by Alimentación Segura Infantil, the first session will be presented in English on Thursday, June 25, at 12 p.m. ET. The second session will be presented in Spanish on June 26, at 11 a.m. ET.
- HHS: The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response announced the campaign, "Project America Strong," to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The campaign includes distributing reusable cotton face coverings to businesses and facilities in need. Face coverings can be requested online.
- * NIH: The National Institutes of Health published an upcoming funding opportunity announcement titled "Community Interventions to Address the Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Health Disparity and Vulnerable Populations." The funding opportunity is intended to solicit research to evaluate community interventions testing the impacts of mitigation strategies to prevent COVID-19 transmission in NIH-designated health disparity populations and other vulnerable groups, and to evaluate the efficacy of interventions addressing the adverse psychosocial, sociocultural, behavioral, and socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic on the health of these groups.
COVID-19 News & Views
Johns Hopkins Nursing: "Mother-Infant Contact and Breastfeeding Should Remain Top Priorities during COVID-19"
Mothers' Milk Bank Northeast blog: "Plenty of donor milk for families and hospitals"
* NANNcast: "COVID-19 in the NICU: Impact on Shared Decision Making"
Office of Representative Lauren Underwood (press release): "Underwood, Lewis Urge HHS Secretary Azar to Improve Coronavirus Data Collection, Reporting, and Research for Pregnant Women"
UNICEF: "What coronavirus means for breastfeeding"
Free Access to Journal Articles, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
Breastfeeding Medicine announced open access through Tuesday, June 30 to the following articles:
- "Comparison of the Macronutrient Content of Colostrum: Locals with Refugees"
- "Impact of Refugee Status on Breastfeeding" (editorial)
* Webinar on Postpartum Care for Sexual Violence Survivors, summarized from MIBFN
The Michigan Breastfeeding Network released an on-demand webinar titled "Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence through Postpartum Care." The presentation provides an exploration of the intersections of sexual violence and postpartum care. Participants can expect to gain a deeper understanding of the experiences around sexual violence, the impact of sexual violence, the ways in which trauma can manifest in birthing folk throughout the birth and postpartum period, and what they can do to best be of support.
* Clinical Protocol on Breastfeeding and Breast Cancer, summarized from ABM
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine released a clinical protocol titled "ABM Clinical Protocol #34: Breast Cancer and Breastfeeding." The protocol includes guidelines for screening breastfeeding women for breast cancer, breastfeeding management for pregnant and postpartum individuals with a history of breast cancer, as well as information about chemotherapy and breastfeeding. It also includes recommendations for future research at the intersection of breast cancer and breastfeeding.
* State of Babies Yearbook, summarized from ZERO TO THREE
ZERO TO THREE, in partnership with Child Trends, published the State of Babies Yearbook 2020. The website compares national and state-by-state data on the well-being of infants and toddlers, and provides policymakers and advocates with national and state-level data to help them advance policies to improve the lives of babies and families. Resources include state-by-state reports and an online tool that shares the State of Babies Yearbook with your members of Congress. ZERO TO THREE also released a report titled "Maternal and Child Health Inequities Emerge Even Before Birth" that uses data from the State of Babies Yearbook to focus on the serious disparities in maternal health and birth outcomes among babies and families of color.
Report on Nutrition During Pregnancy and Lactation Workshop, summarized from NASEM
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has published a report entitled, "Nutrition During Pregnancy and Lactation: Exploring New Evidence: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief" based on a workshop convened by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies. Topics from the workshop included discussion of the current state of the science on requirements for specific nutrients, relationships between intake during pregnancy and outcomes for the mother and child, alignment of dietary and supplement intake with existing recommendations, factors that affect lactation and human milk composition, and equity in access to nutritional care.
Collective Impact Connection
+ Resource on Physicians and Lactation Support Providers, summarized from ACOG
As part of the work of the USBC-affiliated Physician Education & Training Constellation, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released "The Physician's Role in Human Milk Feeding." The document describes the importance of lactation education for physicians and different types of lactation support providers. A "Lactation Supporter Provider Descriptor Table" is included in the publication, which was collaboratively developed by the USBC-affiliated Lactation Support Providers Constellation.
Publication on Collective Impact Post-Pandemic, summarized from Tamarack
The Tamarack Institute published a paper titled "Collective Impact Post-Pandemic: A Framework for Response, Recovery and Resilience." The paper uses a Collective Impact lens to examine three important stages for leaders to consider when navigating a post-pandemic world: responding, recovering, and deepening resilience capacity.
News & Views
* AAP News & Journals Gateway: "To Supplement or Not, is That the Question?"
The Badass Breastfeeding Podcast: "Racism In Birth and Breastfeeding With Kimberly Seals Allers"
Mothers' Milk Bank Northeast blog: "From receiving to donating milk: Angelina's story"