Weekly Wire: September 4, 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
- Last Chance for a Tote Bag! Donate to the USBC Summer Fundraising Campaign
- National Preparedness Month
- Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month
- International News
- Interview on Breastfeeding Support in Crisis, summarized from WABA
- National News
- mPINC Survey Update, summarized from CDC
- Study on Infant Feeding Documention, summarized from AND
- Webinar on Planetary Health and Breastfeeding, summarized from BreastfeedLA
- MCH Telehealth Project Launch, summarized from AMCHP
- 'Breastfriend' Training Program, summarized from ROSE
- Infant and Young Child Feeding Guidance Comparison, summarized from NASEM
- Template Comments for Responding to DOL RFI on Paid Leave, summarized from NPWF
- State & Community News
- Paid Family Leave Protections Extended, summarized from California
- Equity Lens
- Leadership Institute Announcement, summarized from BMBFA
- Launch of Black Lactation Supporter Directory, summarized from Nikki & Nikki
- Article on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 and Pregnancy, summarized from IJBO
- Collective Impact Connection
- Video on Lactation Support Provider Types, summarized from LSP
- News & Views
* denotes a USBC member organization news item + denotes a USBC-affiliated constellation news item
New NBCC Reimagined Webcast Released
The USBC released the fifth free, on-demand webcast session in the NBCC Reimagined series, "Advancing Breastfeeding Agency in the Community." The session features three presentations:
Advancing Birth Equity Through Leadership Development for Community-Based Birth Workers
- Presented by: Brenda Reyes, Jaqueline Lambert, and Monica Esparza, HealthConnect One
Analyzing Chocolate Milk: Evidence for narrative as a vehicle for behavior change and community building
- Presented by: Elizabeth Bayne, Graybayne Film/Media
Health Equity in WIC: Successes and Opportunities for Improved Services
- Presented by: Darlena Birch and Quinney Harris, National WIC Association
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 webcast. Thank you to our partner, Lactation Education Resources, for hosting the series!
Last Chance for a Tote Bag! Donate to the USBC Summer Fundraising Campaign
The USBC summer fundraiser is nearly over—give today! Our team has been incredibly busy this year educating policymakers, responding to public comment opportunities, and mobilizing the field to respond to action opportunities. We rely on donations to support these advocacy efforts, and we can't do our part without your help.
We are 60% 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. Every contribution matters, and to show our appreciation, donors of $300 or more will receive one of our limited-edition SUPPORT: Families, Babies, Breastfeeding tote bags as thanks! This promotion ends on Labor Day, so make your donation today!
A $300 donation may not be right for you at this time, but your contribution of any amount is deeply appreciated. Make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to help us continue our year-round work toward systems and policy changes that support all families.
National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month! The 2020 theme is Disasters Don't Wait. Make Your Plan Today. Join the USBC in recognizing this important observance by visiting the "Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies" to learn how you can take action. The webpage also features a compilation of resources on COVID-19 and infant feeding as well as key information on breastfeeding and emergencies.
Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month
National Breastfeeding Month 2020 has come to a close, but we will continue to build on the month's momentum all year long! Thank you for sharing your virtual and local events with us for promotion in the Weekly Wire and on USBC social media platforms.
- Congress: Representative Alma Adams (NC-12) introduced "H.Res.1096 - Expressing support for the designation of the week of August 25 through August 31, 2020, as 'Black Breastfeeding Week'." The resolution highlights the need for national attention on the United States' maternal child health crisis in the Black community and the important role that breastfeeding plays in improving Black maternal and infant health outcomes.
- USBC: The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee released a blog titled "Celebrating #BBW20: Revive. Restore. Reclaim!" Published by Executive Director, Nikia Sankofa, the blog reflects on the importance and success of Black Breastfeeding Week (BBW) and how organizers adapted to celebrate BBW in the context of COVID-19.
National Breastfeeding Month News & Views
* Lactation Matters (ILCA blog): "Honoring Black Breastfeeding Week 2020: Health Equity and Access"
Interview on Breastfeeding Support in Crisis, summarized from WABA
The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action published the recording of an interview titled "Providing skilled breastfeeding support in normal/crisis situations." The interview describes how to access materials on breastfeeding counseling, information on supporting breastfeeding at work, as well as outlining the challenges and solutions to providing skilled breastfeeding support during crisis or emergency situations.
* mPINC Survey Update, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the 2020 national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) launched in mid-August. The 2020 mPINC survey will include hospitals that provide maternity care services and will be completed online only. Screening phone calls to hospitals will be made according to time zone, and hospitals will be contacted on a rolling basis.
Note from CDC: Please feel free to share this information with partners who may wish to reach out to hospitals in their communities to encourage participation in the mPINC survey. Battelle, the contractor implementing the mPINC survey for CDC, will contact your hospital. Please do not contact Battelle directly unless your hospital has received the survey link and you have a question related to the 2020 survey.
* Study on Infant Feeding Documentation, summarized from AND
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Research, International and Scientific Affairs team is conducting the Breastfeeding Registry Study. The registry will help collect data for a study looking at the documentation of breastfeeding/lactation support provided to infants and the individuals providing them human milk. The study is currently recruiting RDNs who provide breastfeeding/lactation care, including, but not limited to those who work in hospitals, in-patient and out-patient clinics, private practices, public health centers, and other facilities that provide breastfeeding/lactation support.
* Webinar on Planetary Health and Breastfeeding, summarized from BreastfeedLA
BreastfeedLA is hosting a webinar titled "Lactating for a Healthier Planet: An Indigenous Perspective to Reclaiming Breastfeeding" on Wednesday, September 30, from 1-2 p.m. ET. Mireya Gonzalez from Chichihualli Lactation will present on the importance of breast/chestfeeding in efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and bring healing to our mother earth. The presentation will address the interconnected nature of people and the planet, and the pressing need to find sustainable solutions that benefit both.
* MCH Telehealth Project Launch, summarized from AMCHP
The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs launched the "AMCHP Telehealth Project." This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration, with funding from the CARES Act. The award will support maternal and child health programs to build, improve, expand, and sustain the use of telehealth in the following focus areas: Title V and Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Newborn Screening, and Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting.
* 'Breastfriend' Training Program, summarized from ROSE
Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere opened registration for the "Breastfriend" virtual training program. "Breastfriends" will help and support a breastfeeding mother during the first six weeks after birth. Applicants must be people who have breastfed for at least six months in the past five years. Training dates are available beginning September 14 and run through December 5.
Infant and Young Child Feeding Guidance Comparison, summarized from NASEM
The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine published a consensus study report titled "Feeding Infants and Children from Birth to 24 Months: Summarizing Existing Guidance." NASEM, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from the National Institutes of Health, convened an ad hoc consensus committee that was tasked with collecting, comparing, and summarizing existing recommendations on what and how to feed infants and children from birth to 24 months of age. Summarizing the current landscape of feeding recommendations for infants and young children can reveal the level of consistency of existing guidance, shed light on the types of evidence that underpin each recommendation, and provide insight into the feasibility of harmonizing guidelines. The report found that there is substantial opportunity to harmonize the development of future feeding guidelines across government agencies, professional societies, and nonprofit organizations in order to establish more consistent guidance, avoid duplicate efforts, and ensure effective communication and dissemination.
Template Comments for Responding to DOL RFI on Paid Leave, summarized from NPWF
The National Partnership for Women and Families has published template comments to support organizations in responding to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) request for information (RFI) on paid family leave. DOL is seeking 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. The deadline to submit comments is Monday, September 14.
State & Community News
Paid Family Leave Protections Extended, summarized from California
The California State Legislature passed "SB-1383 Unlawful employment practice: family leave." The bill extends job protection to 6 million additional California workers when they take paid leave to bond with a new child, care for a seriously ill family member, or care for their own serious health condition. It also extends job protection to caregivers caring for siblings, parents-in-law, grandparents, and grandchildren. The bill now heads to the Governor's desk to be signed.
* Leadership Institute Announcement, summarized from BMBFA
Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association announced plans to launch the Birth and Breastfeeding Leadership Institute. Set to launch in 2021, the Institute will serve as a virtual national leadership development program designed to advance the community in the maternal and child health sector, while also decreasing the racial bias Black communities often face. The Institute will work to improve Black birth and breastfeeding outcomes by activating, strengthening, and advancing the power of leadership inherent in all black communities.
Launch of Black Lactation Supporter Directory, summarized from Nikki & Nikki
Nikki & Nikki Lactation Career Consultants launched the "National Black Lactation Supporter Directory." Lactation support providers who identify as Black can submit their contact information to be included in the directory via the online form.
Article on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 and Pregnancy, summarized from IJBO
The International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics published a brief communication titled "Racial and ethnic disparities in severity of COVID‐19 disease in pregnancy in the United States." The publication describes a study reviewing the cases of women at an academic hospital‐based obstetrics practice diagnosed with COVID‐19 during pregnancy or within 8 weeks postpartum. The authors found that the majority of these patients belonged to racial or ethnic minority groups and concluded that this preliminary data set underscores the importance of collecting and reporting data based on race and ethnicity to better understand the impact of the pandemic.
Collective Impact Connection
+ Video on Lactation Support Provider Types, summarized from LSP
The USBC-affiliated Lactation Support Provider Constellation has released a video titled "Lactation Support Providers - U.S. Breastfeeding Committee." The video is a collaborative project of the 17 organizations that comprise the Lactation Support Providers (LSP) Constellation. In the video, the organizations come together with one voice to describe the different kinds of LSPs included in the Constellation's Lactation Support Providers Descriptors Table.
News & Views
* MIBFN Press Release: "Exciting News! Announcing YOLO and MIBFN partnership award from CFGF"
PA Department of Health: "Take Proper Steps to Protect Yourself and Baby While Breastfeeding during COVID-19"
The New York Milk Bank: "Breastfeeding and Birthing Art: An Interview with Painter Lauren Turner"