Weekly Wire: August 7, 2020

Weekly Wire: August 7, 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​
    • NBCC Reimagined Is Now Live!
    • Joint Letter Supporting Federal Funding for Breastfeeding: Deadline August 7
    • Summer Fundraising Campaign
    • USBC Supports...
  • Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month
  • National News​
    • Updated Guidance on Infants and COVID-19 Infection, Exposure, summarized from CDC
    • New Data on Breastfeeding Rates Published, summarized from CDC
    • Appropriations 'Minibus' Passes House, summarized from Congress
    • Webinar Launch of Healthy People 2030, summarized from HHS 
    • Report on Nutrition During Pregnancy and Lactation Workshop, summarized from NASEM
    • Report on Breastfeeding and Continuity of Care, summarized from NACCHO
    • Training on Using Mothers' Own Milk in the NICU, summarized from Rush University Medical Center
    • COVID-19 Resource Compilation, summarized from March of Dimes
  • News & Views

denotes a USBC member organization news item +  denotes a USBC-affiliated constellation news item

USBC Updates

NBCC Reimagined Is Now Live! 

USBC released the first free, on-demand webcast session in the NBCC Reimagined series, "Transforming Systems through Law and Policy." The session features two presentations:

  • Advancing Health Equity in Breastfeeding Through Transformative State and Local Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change, presented by Gabriela Garcia, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and Harumi Reis-Reilly, National Association of County and City Health Officials
  • The Role of Advocacy in Supporting Breastfeeding Moms & Addressing Health Equity, presented by Tina Sherman, MomsRising

This session has been approved for continuing education by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please review the after accreditation information before participating in this session. Thank you to our partner Lactation Education Resources for hosting the series!

Joint Letter Supporting Federal Funding for Breastfeeding: Deadline August 7

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. The deadline to sign on for initial delivery is Friday, August 7. Please note: this letter is for organizations only. Individuals can contact their members of Congress using USBC's online action tool: "Ask Congress to Invest in Breastfeeding Families."

Summer Fundraising Campaign

The USBC's advocacy efforts are made possible through the generous support of our donors. This National Breastfeeding Month we invite breastfeeding advocates to support the USBC by participating in our summer fundraising promotion: receive one of our limited-edition SUPPORT: Families, Babies, Breastfeeding tote bags as thanks for your donation of $300 or more! Help us reach our goal of raising $9,000 to fuel our mission to create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States!

A $300 donation may not be right for you at this time, but your support at any level is deeply appreciated. Make a contribution of any amount or become a monthly donor today to help us reach our goal.

USBC Supports...

The USBC has joined the following organizational sign on letter from the field:

Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Month! This year's theme is Many Voices United. All month long, we will share news, resources, and events in the Weekly Wire and on social media. Please submit your free virtual events, tools, or resources for consideration.

In addition, August 9-15 is Native Breastfeeding Week! This year's theme is Strong. Resilient. Latched. Learn more about activities and events organized by Native Breastfeeding Week.

National News 

* Updated Guidance on Infants and COVID-19 Infection, Exposure, summarized from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published updated 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. It has been updated based on published data on the risk of infection and outcomes for neonates born to mothers with COVID-19 infection.

USBC Insight: Changes include updated guidance on mother-neonate contact, emphasizing the importance of maternal autonomy in the medical decision-making process; updated evidence about routes of SARS-CoV-2 transmission to neonates; and updated guidance on infection prevention and control. The positive impact of rooming-in on breastfeeding and parent education about newborn care and infection prevention and control practices is also highlighted. Thank you to all in the field, including the USBC's COVID-19 Infant and Young Child Feeding Constellation, who provided feedback on earlier drafts of this guidance! 

* New Data on Breastfeeding Rates Published, summarized from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released new data on breastfeeding from the National Immunization Survey. CDC surveys breastfeeding practices in the United States to monitor progress over time and identify priority areas that need attention. The National Immunization Survey (NIS) uses random-digit dialing to survey US households with children and teens. Since July 2001, breastfeeding questions have been asked on the NIS and are used to monitor breastfeeding rates at both national and state levels by birth year. All respondents with children aged 19 to 35 months are asked the breastfeeding questions. Among infants born in 2017, 84.1 percent initiate breastfeeding with 25.6 percent exclusively breastfeeding at six months. 

Appropriations 'Minibus' Passes House, summarized from Congress

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 7617, an appropriations package of fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills. The package consists of six bills that fund federal departments including Defense, Commerce, Justice, Energy, Treasury Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development. Read the press release.

USBC Insight: Each year funding is allocated to a variety of federal programs that include breastfeeding support through the federal appropriations process. Appropriations for breastfeeding help build and strengthen critical programs and initiatives to improve maternity care practices, increase access to peer & professional support, ensure continuity of breastfeeding care, increase support for breastfeeding employees, and address disparities in breastfeeding rates. The USBC closely monitors the federal budget process and mobilizes the field to take action during strategic moments in the negotiation process. The USBC published a detailed analysis titled "House Appropriations Committee Advances FY2021 LHHS Appropriations Bill" and a breakdown of federal appropriations for breastfeeding in FY 21 in the July 18 issue of the Weekly Wire. There is still action needed to support investment in breastfeeding in the Senate. Join USBC in urging your members of Congress to support this critical public health priority with the "Ask Congress to Invest in Breastfeeding Families" action tool and by signing the organizational letter.

Webinar Launch of Healthy People 2030, summarized from HHS 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is hosting a presentation titled "Launch of Healthy People 2030" on Tuesday, August 18, at 1 p.m. ET. The presentation will highlight the new Healthy People 2030 goals and objectives, provide an overview of the development of Healthy People 2030, and feature a panel discussion showcasing how select organizations and communities have successfully used Healthy People to promote health and address the social determinants of health, health equity, and well-being. 

USBC Insight: The Healthy People Initiative focuses on critical health promotion and disease prevention topics. Because stakeholders have indicated a desire for a more specific and targeted initiative in the next decade, Healthy People 2030 will be a streamlined set of national health objectives guiding the Nation in efforts to improve health. The proposed objectives for Healthy People 2030 included one breastfeeding objective on exclusive breastfeeding at six months. This is a steep reduction from Healthy People 2020, which included eight breastfeeding objectives (including four sub-objectives). The breastfeeding field mobilized a strong response during the public comment opportunity following the release of the draft objectives—thank you to all who contributed comments! Refer to the Breastfeeding Public Health Partners "Background, Rationale & Template Comments for Breastfeeding Objectives within Proposed Objectives for Healthy People 2030" document for additional information. 

Report on Nutrition During Pregnancy and Lactation Workshop, summarized from NASEM

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published a report entitled, "Nutrition During Pregnancy and Lactation: Exploring New Evidence: Proceedings of a Workshop." The report is 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. NASEM also released a summary of the workshop titled "Nutrition During Pregnancy and Lactation: Exploring New Evidence: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief."

Report on Breastfeeding and Continuity of Care, summarized from NACCHO

The National Association of County and City Health Officials published a report titled "Summary Report of the Building Breastfeeding Support Models for Community Health Centers Project: Reducing Breastfeeding Disparities through Continuity of Care." The report outlines the critical role of Community Health Centers in promoting, protecting, and supporting breastfeeding in their communities. It also includes stories of successful implementations of organizational policies, systems, and environmental changes to establish internal breastfeeding support continuity of care and links to available resources and toolkits to create breastfeeding-friendly environments within outpatient settings.

Training on Using Mothers' Own Milk in the NICU, summarized from Rush University Medical Center

Rush University Medical Center released "PROVIDE - A Training Compendium on Providing Mothers' Own Milk in NICU Settings" through LactaHub. The training includes a series of educational videos and mother-focused information sheets to train healthcare professionals in mothers' own milk feeding practices in neonatal intensive care units. Read the press release.

COVID-19 Resource Compilation, summarized from March of Dimes

March of Dimes published a webpage titled "Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): What You Need to Know About Its Impact on Moms and Babies." The webpage compiles information about COVID-19 that is relevant to pregnancy, breastfeeding, and infants.

News & Views

The Daily Beast: "Baby Formula Marketing During Pandemic Raises Red Flag"

Food Navigator: "Citizen Petition argues toddler milks threaten children's health and pose 'economic harm' to families"

Health.gov blog: "Register Now for the USDA-HHS Comment Meeting on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report"

Institute for Justice: "A Peach of a Victory for Georgia's Lactation Consultants"

Slate: "Can You Breastfeed After Being Teargassed?"

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