Weekly Wire: October 16, 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
- Share Your Insights for a Chance to Win!
- Breastfeeding Support Icons Now Available
- National Hispanic Heritage Month Blog from USBC Executive Director
- Welcome New USBC Member: Michigan Breastfeeding Network!
- Special Section on COVID-19
- National News
- Worksite Health Scorecard Updated, summarized from CDC
- ABM International Meeting Abstracts Published, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
- House Resolution on Midwifery, summarized from Congress
- Report on Nutrient Content of Human Milk, summarized from NASEM
- State & Community News
- Webinar on Connecticut Paid Leave Program, summarized from Connecticut Paid Leave Authority/CWEALF
- Equity Lens
- Global Call to Advance Racial Equity, summarized from WKKF
- News & Views
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Share Your Insights for a Chance to Win!
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Breastfeeding Support Icons Now Available
National Hispanic Heritage Month Blog from USBC Executive Director
USBC Executive Director, Nikia Sankofa, released a blog post in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month titled "Honoring the Contributions of Hispanic and Latinx or Latine People to the Breastfeeding Field at the Conclusion of National Hispanic Heritage Month." In the face of a pandemic disproportionately affecting the health of Latine people, raging xenophobia, the uprising, the climate crisis, and a historic election, the efforts of Latine lactation support providers has not wavered. The blog shares and celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month activities from across the breast/chest-feeding field.
Welcome New USBC Member: Michigan Breastfeeding Network!
The Michigan Breastfeeding Network (MIBFN) is a new Breastfeeding Coalition Member of the USBC, dedicated to leading statewide collaborative actions for advocacy, education, and coalition building to create a supportive breastfeeding culture. MIBFN was formed in 1998 as a grassroots organization by leaders from around the state who saw the need for policy-level, systemic changes in the way breastfeeding issues are addressed. In 2018, MIBFN began moving through a fundamental, organizational transformation to recalibrate and center their efforts on health and racial equity. MIBFN supports eight advocacy campaigns that protect, promote, and support breastfeeding for the citizens of Michigan: Anytime, Anywhere; Child Care; Child Custody; Disaster Readiness; Incarceration; Jury Duty; Maternity Care; and Workplace. These campaigns focus on changing the system, not the individual. MIBFN presents a free monthly webinar series and convenes Network Meetings and Community Conversations to serve as listening sessions around the state of Michigan. In addition, the MIBFN 310 Connect projects work with local coalitions to identify and implement tangible, locally-driven solutions.
Special Section on 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:
- AJP: The American Journal of Perinatology published an article titled "Breastfeeding in COVID-19: A Pragmatic Approach." The article reviews guidelines and published literature on infant feeding and COVID-19 and describes three infant feeding scenarios in the event that a mother is COVID-positive. The authors conclude that breastfeeding should be encouraged with reasonable precautions to reduce viral transmission.
- Congress: Representative Debra A. Haaland (NM-1) and Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17) introduced "H.Res.1144 - Broadband for All Resolution of 2020." The resolution recognizes broadband as a human and civil right for all Americans. It also highlights the significant disparities in broadband access on Tribal lands, which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- USBC Insight: The COVID-19 pandemic has compelled many lactation support providers to shift to a lactation telehealth model. Lack of access to broadband services has made this transition difficult or impossible in many communities, particularly in rural areas.
- GPMB: The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board released a report titled "A World in Disorder." The report provides a harsh assessment of the global COVID-19 response and the authors warn that the world cannot afford to be unprepared again when the next pandemic hits. The report calls for five urgent actions: responsible leadership, engaged citizenship, strong and agile systems for health security, sustained investment, and robust global governance of preparedness.
- USBC Insight: The COVID-19 global pandemic has brought to light devastating shortfalls in the U.S. emergency preparedness and response, including major gaps related to infant and young child feeding in emergencies. The USBC-affiliated COVID-19 Infant & Young Child Feeding Constellation has published a Joint Statement on Infant and Young Child Feeding in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States for reference and inclusion in research or advocacy efforts. Immediate action is needed to ensure infants and young children are fed and healthy. Join the USBC in urging policymakers to better integrate infant and young child feeding into future emergency preparedness and response efforts by taking action today! Help amplify our collective impact by sharing this action opportunity with your network.
- JAMA Peds: The Journal of the American Medical Association: Pediatrics published an article titled "Outcomes of Neonates Born to Mothers With Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Infection at a Large Medical Center in New York City." The authors analyzed a cohort of newborns born to mothers with COVID-19. The article concludes that during the COVID-19 pandemic, separation of affected mothers and newborns may not be warranted, and direct breastfeeding appears to be safe. Media highlights include:
- PumpSpotting: PumpSpotting released a guide titled "How to Work and Breastfeed and Get Through a Pandemic." The guide includes a video of experts addressing frequently asked questions about working and feeding during COVID-19, and fact sheets about sanitizing pumping spaces and lowering COVID-19-related anxiety.
- Rutgers Law School: Rutgers University Law School is hosting a webinar panel presentation titled "Remote Work, Caregivers, and the Pandemic" on Tuesday, October 20, from 4:30-6 p.m. ET. Panelists include speakers from A Better Balance, the National Women's Law Center, and Disability Rights Texas.
- UNC Greensboro: The Department of Public Health Education at the University of North Carolina Greensboro updated their "Recommendations and Considerations for the Use and Cleaning of Lactation Rooms During the COVID-19 Pandemic." The publication includes recommendations to address air quality and flow in lactation spaces, cleaning, and behavior.
- USAID: USAID published a brief titled "Key Messages Related to Evidence on Transmission of COVID in Breastmilk." The brief includes key messages on research related to COVID-19 transmission through human breast milk.
Worksite Health Scorecard Updated, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a revised and updated "CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard." The tool is designed to help employers assess the extent to which they have implemented evidence-based health promotion interventions in their worksites. The Maternal Health and Lactation Support module includes questions on lactation accommodations in the workplace, paid leave, and other breastfeeding support.
ABM International Meeting Abstracts Published, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
Breastfeeding Medicine announced complimentary access to the scientific abstracts from The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine's 25th Annual International Meeting. The abstracts cover a wide range of topics and interests, including clinical research, community projects, and healthcare interventions.
House Resolution on Midwifery, summarized from Congress
Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) introduced House Resolution 1182. The Resolution recognizes the roles and the contributions of America's certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives in providing high-quality, evidence-based, cost-effective, and essential sexual and reproductive health care services to women and pregnant people. It also highlights the positive impacts of midwifery-led care, including increased rates of breastfeeding.
Report on Nutrient Content of Human Milk, summarized from NASEM
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published a report titled "Scanning for New Evidence on the Nutrient Content of Human Milk: A Model for the Derivation of Age-Specific Nutrient Requirements." The publication reports on a literature search and evidence scan of new and emerging peer-reviewed published literature on the nutrient content and volume of human milk as an indicator of infant nutritional requirements.
State & Community News
Webinar on Connecticut Paid Leave Program, summarized from Connecticut Paid Leave Authority/CWEALF
The Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund and the Connecticut Paid Leave Authority will host a webinar titled "CT Paid Leave + You: Update from the CT Paid Leave Authority" on Thursday, October 22, at 12 p.m. ET. CWEALF and the Connecticut Paid Leave Authority will provide a virtual update on implementation of Connecticut's paid leave law. They will also highlight new resources on paid leave in Connecticut, including CTpaidleave.org, a website that supports all Connecticut residents to understand their roles, rights, and responsibilities under Connecticut's new paid family and medical leave program.
Global Call to Advance Racial Equity, summarized from WKKF
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced a global call to advance racial equity by 2030. Organizations around the world are invited to submit proposals that embrace and reflect the values of racial equity and justice. Up to ten finalists will be awarded a one-year, $1 million planning grant and nine months of capacity-building support to further develop their project and strengthen their applications. From the finalists, at least three awardees will receive a $20 million grant, and two will receive a $10 million grant. Grants will be paid out over nine years. Register as an applicant before 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 28, 2021.
News & Views
A Better Balance blog: "Pregnant Workers in Tennessee Now Have a Clear Right to Reasonable Accommodations"