Weekly Wire: November 19, 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
- Analysis of Fiscal Year 2021 Senate Appropriations Bills
- Special Section on COVID-19
- International News
- Draft Decision Approved on WHO Code Reporting, summarized from WHA
- National News
- Innovation Challenge Deadline Extended, summarized from OWH
- On-Demand Webinar on NICU Family Support, summarized from MIBFN
- NDAA Provision on Lactation Support for Military Servicemembers Advances, summarized from Congress
- Article on Infant Formula Marketing, summarized from GAH
- Equity Lens
- Native Health Resources Webpage, summarized from NWA
- News & Views
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Analysis of Fiscal Year 2021 Senate Appropriations Bills
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee published an analysis titled "Senate Appropriations Committee Advances FY2021 Appropriations Bills." Last week, the Senate Committee on Appropriations released all twelve of the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) appropriations bills. The analysis includes information about the provisions in the appropriations bills that impact breastfeeding families, comparing proposed funding levels to the previous fiscal year. The current continuing resolution will expire on Friday, December 11, 2020. If the FY21 federal budget is not passed by that date, Congress will need to pass another continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown. Learn more about the status of appropriations bills with the Congressional Research Service "Appropriations Status Table: FY2021."
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:
- Acta Pædiatrica: Acta Pædiatrica, published a report titled "Multi‐centre study showed reduced compliance with the World Health Organization recommendations on exclusive breastfeeding during COVID‐19." The article provides details on a descriptive study of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on exclusive breastfeeding across 15 hospitals in Spain. The authors concluded that when there was compliance with WHO COVID-recommendations, such as skin-to-skin contact at birth and no mother-infant separation, there was a positive impact on breastfeeding initiation and maintenance.
- CDC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have updated the webpage for healthcare and lactation support providers titled "Care for Breastfeeding Women: Interim Guidance on Breastfeeding and Breast Milk Feeds in the Context of COVID-19." The webpage has been updated to reflect new evidence and considerations related to breastfeeding parents and COVID-19, providing specific guidance for a wide range of scenarios in which one or both in the breastfeeding dyad have suspected or confirmed COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. The webpage also includes information on considerations for well-child visits and lactation services, breastfeeding and expressing milk in workplaces, and pasteurized donor human milk.
- Congress: Representatives Alma S. Adams, (NC-12) and Lauren Underwood (IL-14), co-founders and co-chairs of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, released a letter urging the Department of Labor to provide clarification and promote awareness regarding the continued responsibility of employers and rights of employees provided through the Break Time for Nursing Mothers law during COVID-19. Read the press release.
- CSTE: The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, in partnership with the CDC Division of Reproductive Health, issued a funding opportunity announcement to provide funding and technical assistance to state, local, and territorial public health agencies for the implementation of routine population-based data collection to inform public health's understanding of the effects of COVID-19 on the behaviors and experiences of pregnant and recently postpartum women and their infants. The application is due Friday, December 4.
- NACCHO: The National Association of County and City Health Officials is hosting a webinar titled "Navigating Lactation Support Programs in the Era of COVID-19: the path forward" on Wednesday, December 16, at 2 p.m. ET. Speakers from federally qualified health centers and a community-based organization will discuss how they have successfully adjusted their plans during the COVID-19 pandemic to continue serving families.
- NMBTF: The New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force released a resource titled "Lactation Space Signage" as part of their series of downloadable handouts. The resource includes information on the rights and responsibilities of lactating employees, including CDC guidelines on pumping and COVID-19.
COVID-19 News & Views
- The 19th: "Pregnant people haven't been included in promising COVID vaccine trials"
- Marketplace: "Why Colorado passing paid family leave matters even more during COVID"
- WISHTV: "Pandemic hospital restrictions reduce visitors, increase breastfeeding success"
Draft Decision Approved on WHO Code Reporting, summarized from WHA
The World Health Organization hosted the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA). The WHA approved a draft decision proposing that the periodic reporting to the WHA by Member States on maternal, infant, and young child nutrition should end in 2030. The proposal also removed a call to develop guidance to assist Member States to address any promotion of breast-milk substitutes that may not be in accordance with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (the Code) and subsequent relevant WHA resolutions. Highlights from the field include:
- International Baby Food Action Network: "No 'sunsetting of the Code please' – babies need us to be vigilant"
USBC Insight: Implementation of the Code is a critical issue for the First Food field and the USBC is monitoring this development. Shifts in the political landscape on the domestic front may inform the U.S. stance on this issue. Stay tuned for news and updates in future editions of the Staying Abreast: Weekly Wire.
Innovation Challenge Deadline Extended, summarized from OWH
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health extended the deadline for the Reducing Disparities in Breastfeeding Innovation Challenge. Applications are now due by Wednesday, December 9. 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. The OWH is hosting a technical webinar on the funding opportunity on Monday, November 23, from 2-3 p.m. ET. Webinar presenters will provide an overview of the challenge and answer attendee questions.
On-Demand Webinar on NICU Family Support, summarized from MIBFN
The Michigan Breastfeeding Network launched an on-demand webinar titled "A Look Inside the NICU: How Best to Support Families." The webinar features an inside look at how the personal experience of the presenter, Shatoria Townsend, led her into the roles of advocate and educator for those currently facing a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) stay. Attendees will learn techniques and information vital for any person who is facing the walls of a NICU, from parents to breastfeeding supporters.
NDAA Provision on Lactation Support for Military Servicemembers Advances, summarized from Congress
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (H.R. 6395) passed the Senate. The NDAA authorizes Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations and sets forth policies for Department of Defense programs and activities. This year's version includes a provision which would require the Secretary of Defense to conduct a demonstration project designed to evaluate the cost, quality of care, and impact on maternal and fetal outcomes of using extramedical maternal health providers under the TRICARE program. The demonstration project would be used to determine the appropriateness of making coverage of such providers under the TRICARE program permanent. The demonstration project would include access to lactation consultants who are not otherwise authorized to provide services under the TRICARE program. In addition, the provision would require the Secretary to administer an annual survey to determine how many members of the Armed Forces, or spouses of such members, use doula support or lactation consultants. The NDAA also includes components of the Mothers of Military Service Leave Act, which would close a paid leave access gap by allowing women servicemembers of the National Guard and Reserve to receive pay and points towards retirement while on maternity leave. The NDAA passed the House in July. The bill now heads to the President's desk.
Article on Infant Formula Marketing, summarized from GAH
The journal Globalization and Health published an article titled "Selling second best: how infant formula marketing works." The International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes aims to shield parents from unfair commercial pressures by stopping the inappropriate promotion of infant formula. The article examines the marketing of formula milk, concluding that formula marketing is pervasive and marketers are successful in their use of compelling data-driven emotional techniques designed to increase revenue.
Native Health Resources Webpage, summarized from NWA
The National WIC Association launched a webpage titled "WIC & Health Resources for Native Peoples" in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. The webpage includes information from WIC agencies, COVID-19 resources, and breastfeeding information.
News & Views
National WIC Association blog: "Senate Unveils FY 2021 Appropriations Bills, Including WIC Funding"