Weekly Wire: July 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
- Invitation for Organizations to Sign Joint Letter Supporting Federal Funding for Breastfeeding
- Action Tool to Urge Members of Congress to Prioritize Breastfeeding in the Federal Budget
- Webinar on Racism and Access to Human Milk in the Black Community
- Special Section on COVID-19
- International News
- Call to Action for Manufacturers of Breast Milk Substitutes, summarized from Various
- National News
- Resource on Breastfeeding in Emergencies, summarized from AAP
- Public Comment Opportunity on Paid Leave, summarized from DOL
- Equity Lens
- Webinar Series with Asian & Pacific Islander Health Forum, summarized from BreastfeedLA
- Call for Papers on Black Breastfeeding Experiences, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
- News & Views
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Invitation for Organizations to Sign Joint Letter Supporting Federal Funding for Breastfeeding
Organizations are invited to join a sign on letter urging members of Congress to direct $13 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program in the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill. This funding level is critically needed to support the breastfeeding field to adapt lactation support services in the context of restraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to build upon multi-year, multi-pronged initiatives that support breastfeeding families in maternity care settings, communities, and workplaces.
Action Tool to Urge Members of Congress to Prioritize Breastfeeding in the Federal Budget
Support federal funding for breastfeeding with the USBC "Ask Congress to Invest in Breastfeeding Families" action tool! With a few clicks you can contact your members of Congress to urge them to direct $13 million to the Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding Program and $66.95 million to the CDC's Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. Even if you have already taken action, please contact your legislators again today! The tool's messages have been updated to reflect the latest Congressional activity.
Webinar on Racism and Access to Human Milk in the Black Community
Join us on Tuesday, July 28, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET for the next webinar in the Racial Equity Webinar Series titled "The B.L.A.C.K Course." Presented by Lydia O. Boyd, Felisha Brooks-Floyd, TaNefer Camara, and Ngozi D. Walker-Tibbs, the webinar will discuss the B.L.A.C.K Course. The B.L.A.C.K. Course is a full scope lactation and breastfeeding education course made by and for Black People and folks supporting Black breastfeeding. This course is designed to be a prep course for aspiring IBCLCs, breastfeeding counselors, and birth workers. This session will provide a framework for understanding how racism impacts breastfeeding disparities and access to human milk in the Black community. Participants will learn how imbalanced and oppressive social structures prevent the inherent right for Black families to provide human milk as the first food. Register for the webinar.
Special Section on COVID-19
As communities across the U.S. 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:
- AAP: The American Academy of Pediatrics published "FAQs: Management of Infants Born to Mothers with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19." The updated guidance on the care of newborns to mothers with COVID-19 suggests that babies are at low risk of becoming infected when they room-in with the mother after birth, if infection control practices are used. This marks a change from the initial AAP guidance, which recommended temporary separation of newborn infants from infected mothers. Read the press release.
- APHA: The American Public Health Association, in partnership with five other national public health organizations, has published a joint statement titled "Newly announced order for hospitals to bypass CDC and send coronavirus patient information directly to Washington database likely to worsen pandemic response rather than improve it." The statement expresses concerns about the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) order for hospitals and states to send COVID-19 surveillance data directly to HHS instead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- ASI/HCO: Alimentación Segura Infantil and HealthConnect One have published a brief titled "Maternal Health in Puerto Rico During COVID-19/La Salud Materna en Puerto Rico Durante el COVID-19." The publication discusses disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes before COVID-19, the realities of birthing during a pandemic, and recommendations for future public response plans. The brief is available in English and Spanish.
- DCBFC: The D.C. Breastfeeding Coalition is hosting a webinar titled "COVID-19 and early postpartum breastfeeding: Emerging evidence and recommendations" on Friday, August 7, from 12-1 p.m. ET. A panel of internationally recognized experts from major health organizations will discuss the current evidence and recommendations for breastfeeding and shared decision-making with families during COVID-19.
- USAID: The U.S. Agency for International Development is hosting a webinar titled "Social and Behavior Change for Nutrition During COVID-19" on Thursday, July 30, from 8-9 a.m. ET. Breakthrough ACTION will moderate a panel of presenters from USAID and USAID Advancing Nutrition who will review important considerations and share experiences and resources to support country programs in adapting nutrition social and behavior change programming in response to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- ZERO TO THREE: ZERO TO THREE released a resource document titled "Considerations for Developmental Needs of Infants and Toddlers in Child Care Programs During the COVID-19 Pandemic." The document includes recommendations to address the mental health needs of children and adults during this time as well as ways to maintain relationships with families of young children while meeting the new health and safety guidelines. Recommendations include designing child care facility policies that promote breastfeeding.
COVID-19 News & Views
The New York Times: "During Coronavirus Lockdowns, Some Doctors Wondered: Where Are the Preemies?"
Call to Action for Manufacturers of Breast Milk Substitutes, summarized from Various
A cohort of eight civil society organizations and United Nations agencies have published the "Breastmilk Substitutes (BMS) Call to Action - The Road to Code Compliance." The Call to Action requests that all manufacturers of breast milk substitutes take several steps to ensure compliance with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (the Code). Over 20 of the largest BMS companies and industry associations were directly contacted in June 2020 and invited to respond to the Call to Action.
Resource on Breastfeeding in Emergencies, summarized from AAP
The American Academy of Pediatrics published an updated resource titled "Infant Feeling in Disasters and Emergencies: Breastfeeding and Other Options." The resource highlights how pediatricians can support breastfeeding during a disaster or emergency, including key facts about infant feeding. The resource is also available in Spanish.
Public Comment Opportunity on Paid Leave, summarized from DOL
The U.S. Department of Labor published a request for information from the public on paid leave. The Department of Labor plans to gather information concerning the effectiveness of current state- and employer-provided paid leave programs and how access or lack of access to paid leave programs impacts America's workers and their families. Comments must be submitted on or before Monday, September 14.
USBC Insight: It is the position of the USBC that guaranteed paid leave associated with the birth or adoption of a child is a vital component of maternal and child health and should be available for all parents across the United States. Research shows a relationship between the decision to start and continue breastfeeding and the length of maternity leave available, and that mothers who return to full-time employment shortly after giving birth are less likely to breastfeed as long as they intend.
Webinar Series with Asian & Pacific Islander Health Forum, summarized from BreastfeedLA
BreastfeedLA, in partnership with the Asian & Pacific Islander Health Forum, announced a three-part webinar series focused on breastfeeding and Asian and Pacific Islander communities. The first webinar, titled "Community Engagement and Effective Collaboration – Breastfeeding Promotion Strategies in the API Community - The Formation of ASAP! (Northern California) and the Asian Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Task Force (Southern California)" will take place on Tuesday, August 18, from 4-5 p.m. ET. Speakers from the Asian Southeast Asian Pacific Islander Taskforce and the Asian Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Task Force will discuss the history of each organization and their current projects.
Call for Papers on Black Breastfeeding Experiences, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
Breastfeeding Medicine launched a call for papers titled "Breastfeeding and the Black/African American Experience: Cultural, Sociological, and Health Dimensions Through an Equity Lens." The papers will be considered for a special issue dedicated to breastfeeding and the Black/African American experience, to be published in February 2021. The deadline to submit abstracts for consideration is Thursday, August 27.
News & Views
Buzzfeed News: "This Powerful Photo Series Shows The Truth Behind Breastfeeding"
Lactation Matters (ILCA blog): "Understanding Intergenerational Influences While Providing Lactation Support"
News from CHEER: "Memorial Hospital at Gulfport is Baby-Friendly!"