Weekly Wire: October 29, 2020

Weekly Wire: October 29, 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​
    • Deadline: Share Your Insights By Tomorrow for a Chance to Win!
    • Welcome New USBC Member: pumpspotting!
    • Save the Date: National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening 2021
  • National News​
    • Technical Webinar for Innovation Challenge to Reduce Breastfeeding Disparities, summarized from OWH
    • Bill on Maternal Mortality and Public Health Introduced, summarized from Congress
  • Equity Lens
    • Resource on Improving Maternal and Child Health Policies, summarized from Network for PHL
    • Anti-Racist Prenatal and Postnatal Care, summarized from LOOM
  • News & Views

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USBC Updates

Deadline: Share Your Insights By Tomorrow for a Chance to Win! 

The USBC released a brief survey for USBC supporters to provide input on which breastfeeding policy and practice changes are most urgently needed. Survey responses also help USBC ensure that you receive the information and action opportunities that are relevant and important to you. You can participate by completing our simple survey by tomorrow, Friday, October 30. Your information is private and will not be shared, ever. Respondents will be entered into a drawing for one of ten limited-edition USBC water bottles!

Welcome New UBSC Member: pumpspotting!

Welcome to pumpspotting, a new Affiliate For-Profit member of the USBC that is dedicated to making breastfeeding and the postpartum period less lonely and more supportive. The pumpspotting software was created to support every stage in the feeding journey: nursing, pumping or supplementing, in the early days, traveling, back in the workplace, or anywhere in the world. The pumpspotting app launched in 2016 and provides access to expert advice and locations to nurse and pump. The pumpspotting podcast, the pumpspot, addresses a number of topics related to infant feeding and postpartum health. This year, pumpspotting launched a corporate lactation support program, Work, Nurse & Flourish, to make the transition from home to work as seamless as possible and developed a free toolkit to help employers in all industries support feeding families in every situation—remote, return-to-work and beyond—especially in the time of COVID-19.

Save the Date: National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening 2021

The USBC will host the National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening online from Wednesday, June 9, through Friday, June 11, 2021. The event will remotely connect individuals from across the country who are working to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding at the national, state, and local/community levels to advance our collective leadership capacity. Stay tuned for the 2021 theme announcement, as well as information about registration and fees, presentation submissions, award applications, and sponsorship opportunities!

National News

MBP-Symbol.jpg  Technical Webinar for Innovation Challenge to Reduce Breastfeeding Disparities, summarized from OWH

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health is hosting a technical webinar on Friday, October 30, from 2-3 p.m. ET, on the Reducing Disparities in Breastfeeding Innovation Challenge funding opportunity. The challenge is a national competition to identify effective, pre-existing programs that increase breastfeeding initiation and continuation rates and decrease disparities among breastfeeding mothers in the United States. The goal of this innovative competition is to demonstrate sustainability and the ability to replicate and/or expand a program that has proven outcomes to improve breastfeeding rates and reduce disparities. Webinar presenters will provide an overview of the challenge and answer attendee questions. The application deadline for the challenge is Monday, November 16, 2020.

Bill on Maternal Mortality and Public Health Introduced, summarized from Congress

Senators Elizabeth Warren (MA), Cory Booker (NJ), Kamala Harris (CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), and Tina Smith (MN) introduced the Maternal Health Pandemic Response Act of 2020 (S. 4769). The bill would address maternal mortality and morbidity during the COVID-19 pandemic by improving research and data collection and dedicating resources to safeguard the health of pregnant and postpartum individuals, including breastfeeding parents. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. The House companion bill was introduced in August 2020. Read the press release.

Equity Lens

Resource on Improving Maternal and Child Health Policies, summarized from Network for PHL

The Network for Public Health Law published a guide titled "Law and Policy Pathways: Equity in Birth Outcomes." The publication includes an overview of key law and policy measures that can help improve maternal and child health. The guide also highlights a pathway to alleviate disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality and ensure that conditions for optimal birth outcomes are present for all.

Anti-Racist Prenatal and Postnatal Care, summarized from LOOM

LOOM released a document titled "Anti-Racist Prenatal & Postnatal Care Preferences" with a list of preferences for prenatal care, labor and birth, and postnatal care. The list is intended to help Black pregnant people have conversations about their expectations for anti-racist care with their medical providers. Media highlights include:

News & Views

Colorado Newsline: "Why Colorado needs home birth midwives, now more than ever"

The Conversation: "For mothers who lose their babies, donating breast milk is a healing ritual"

health.gov blog post: "The Community Guide: Identifying Evidence-Based Approaches to Achieve Healthy People 2030 Objectives"

La Leche League blog: "Support for IBFAN's Statement re WHO/UNICEF 'Call to Action'"

Medical Xpress: "Consistent nursing care after childbirth boosts breastfeeding rates"

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