Weekly Wire: August 21, 2020

Weekly Wire: August 21, 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​
    • New NBCC Reimagined Webcast Released
    • Your Support Makes it Happen! Donate to the USBC Summer Fundraiser
  • Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month
  • National News​
    • Healthy People 2030 Released, summarized from HHS
    • 2020 Breastfeeding Report Card Released, summarized from CDC
    • Social Support and Breastfeeding On-Demand Webinar, summarized from MIBFN
    • Article on Environmental Impact of Powdered Baby Formula, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
  • State and Community News
    • Workplace Breastfeeding Support Training, summarized from CPSP/CDPH
    • Small Group Virtual Support, summarized from NMBTF
  • Equity Lens
    • Webinar on Distributed Leadership, summarized from Leadership Learning Collective
  • Collective Impact Connection
    •  COVID-19 Constellation Joint Statement
  • News & Views

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

USBC Updates

New NBCC Reimagined Webcast Released 

USBC released the third free, on-demand webcast session in the NBCC Reimagined series, "Innovative Solutions for Coordinating Care." The session features three presentations:

The Breastfeeding Toolkit: Utilizing a Rapid Innovative Process to Expand Lactation Resources in Rural Hawai'i

  • Presented by: Jennifer Elia, Krista Olson, Amber Granite, and Alexandra (Sasha) Williams, Hawaii Statewide Breastfeeding Workgroup

Outside the Box: The Virtual Baby-Bistro & Increasing Rural Access to Breastfeeding Support

  • Presented by: Sara Nestor, Cassie Craft, and Terry Miller, Plains Montana Breastfeeding Task Force

Addressing Community Gaps in Breastfeeding: From Hospital to First Visit

  • Presented by: Jennifer McAllister, Robin Steffen, Suzanne W. Crable, Erica Walters, Julie Ware, and Laura Ward, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

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.

Register for the webcastThank you to our partner Lactation Education Resources for hosting the series!

Your Support Makes it Happen! Donate to the Summer Fundraising Campaign

Give Today! Successful USBC advocacy efforts are made possible through the generous support of donors like you! This National Breastfeeding Month we invite breastfeeding advocates to support the USBC by participating in our summer fundraising promotion. Donors of $300 or more will receive one of our limited-edition SUPPORT: Families, Babies, Breastfeeding tote bags as thanks!

We are 29% of the way to achieving our summer goal of raising $9,000 to fuel our mission to create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States. Your help makes a difference!

A $300 donation may not be right for you at this time, but your support of any amount is deeply appreciated. Make a contribution or become a monthly donor today to help us continue to work toward systems and policy changes that support all families.

Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month

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

The third week of the month is focused on infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IYCFE). Learn more about breastfeeding and IYCFE.

National Breastfeeding Month News & Views

National News

Healthy People 2030 Released, summarized from HHS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion released Healthy People 2030 (HP2030), the fifth iteration of the national Healthy People Initiative. The Healthy People Initiative focuses on critical health promotion and disease prevention topics to guide efforts to improve public health. HP2030 includes two breastfeeding objectives: "Increase the proportion of infants who are breastfed exclusively through age 6 months" and "Increase the proportion of infants who are breastfed at 1 year."

USBC Insight: The Healthy People Initiative sets national health goals for the coming decade, driving attention (and often funding!) to these issues. Although there are fewer breastfeeding objectives in HP2030 than in HP2020, HP2030 was designed to be a more streamlined set of national health objectives than in previous decades. Reducing the number of objectives was a top priority. In an initial proposal, HP2030 only included a single breastfeeding objective. Thanks to the breastfeeding field's strong response during the public comment period, a second objective was included. Our voices were heard! Learn more about HP2030 and the public comment process.

* 2020 Breastfeeding Report Card Released, summarized from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity released the "Breastfeeding Report Card United States, 2020." The Breastfeeding Report Card provides a compilation of data on breastfeeding practices and supports in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This year's Breastfeeding Report Card highlights data from CDC's 2018 national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) survey. The mPINC survey assesses hospital practices and policies that affect newborn feeding, feeding education and support, staff skills, and discharge support. The report also includes data from the National Immunization Survey, which provides information about breastfeeding rates at both national and state levels by birth year. The 2020 Breastfeeding Report Card shows that among infants born in 2017: 

  • 84.1% initiated breastfeeding, an increase from 83.8% among infants born in 2016
  • The percentage of breastfed infants supplemented with infant formula before 2 days of age was 19.2% in 2017, an increase from 16.9% among infants born in 2016
  • 25.6% of infants were exclusively breastfed through 6 months, and just 58.3% were still receiving any breast milk at 6 months

The 2020 Breastfeeding Report Card presents data that were collected before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Maternity care practices that support breastfeeding may have changed in some hospitals because of the COVID-19 pandemic. CDC is working to learn more about potential changes in hospital practices that could affect breastfeeding through a supplemental survey sent to hospitals that participated in the 2018 mPINC survey. 

* Social Support and Breastfeeding On-Demand Webinar, summarized from MIBFN

The Michigan Breastfeeding Network released an on-demand webinar titled "Remembering the Role of Social Support in Fostering Breastfeeding." The presentation focuses on the importance and the various categories of social support which help to foster breastfeeding. Attendees will learn to identify at least three individuals that would be recognized as a part of a breastfeeding parent's social support network and what role/capacity they could be involved in providing social support, list their potential involvement or role within the social support network, and identify at least two strategies that a healthcare provider can use to support breastfeeding.

Article on Environmental Impact of Powdered Baby Formula, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine

Breastfeeding Medicine published an article titled "Powdered Baby Formula Sold in North America: Assessing the Environmental Impact." The study examined the impact of powdered baby formula products in order to compute a minimal estimate of greenhouse gas emissions for powdered baby formula products sold in North America. The authors concluded that the environmental and greenhouse gas impact of powdered baby formula, and related hazards arising from climate change, can be a relevant factor for health care providers in their advice to families on infant feeding.

State and Community News 

Workplace Breastfeeding Support Training, summarized from CPSP/CDPH

The California Department of Public Health's Comprehensive Perinatal Services Programs released a "Breastfeeding in the Workplace" education module. The module is a skills-based training on supporting breastfeeding in the workplace and covers the laws that protect lactation accommodation in California to help health care providers inform and support clients who may not have adequate workplace lactation support.

* Small Group Virtual Support, summarized from NMBTF

The New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force is hosting "Chat Over Chai" every first Tuesday of the month from 12:30-2 p.m. ET and every third Thursday from 3-4:30 p.m. ET. Participants can drop in to ask specific questions about breastfeeding support or stay for an online support group session.

Equity Lens

Webinar on Distributed Leadership, summarized from Leadership Learning Collective

The Leadership Learning Collective is hosting a webinar titled "Exploring Distributed Leadership" on Wednesday, September 16, at 3 p.m. ET. Presented as part of their "Liberatory Leadership" series, speakers will discuss innovative approaches to redistributing power within organizations and the work expanding leadership opportunities both internally and externally.

Collective Impact Connection

+ COVID-19 Constellation Joint Statement

The USBC-affiliated COVID-19 Infant & Young Child Feeding Constellation released a Joint Statement on Infant and Young Child Feeding in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States. Developed to inform and support infant and young child feeding in emergencies as a component of emergency response, the Joint Statement is based on guidance documentation from UNICEF and represents the work and review of the Constellation's 43 national, tribal, state, and community organizations.

News & Views

ACLU blog: "Permission Required to Change Your Tampon"

* Lactation Matters (ILCA blog): "Four Lessons in Optimizing Lactation and Birth Care During COVID-19 and Beyond"

Medical Xpress: "Babies will fare well against COVID-19 if they are kept close to mum"

The New York Times: "With Less Breastfeeding Support, Mothers Are Turning to Online Help"

Vogue: "'I Left the Hospital in Tears': Amid the Pandemic, New Moms Aren't Getting the Breastfeeding Support They Need"

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