Weekly Wire: December 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
- Call for Proposals for the 2021 National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening is Open!
- USBC Public Comments on MCHB Strategic Plan
- Thank You for Contributing to the USBC Giving Tuesday Campaign!
- Weekly Wire Hiatus
- Special Section on COVID-19
- International News
- Guidance for Engaging Family Members in Nutrition, summarized from USAID
- National News
- Public Comment Opportunity on Infant Feeding Study, summarized from CDC
- House Resolution Supporting USAID Commitment to Global Nutrition Passes, summarized from Congress
- Continuing Resolutions Passed, summarized from Congress
- Paid Leave Resources, summarized from New America
- State & Community News
- Scholarships Awarded to Aspiring BIPOC Lactation Support Providers, summarized from KBC
- Equity Lens
- Webinar on Equitable Milk Sharing, summarized from MIBFN
- Funding Opportunity for Organizations Led by Women of Color, summarized from Ms. Foundation
- News & Views
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Call for Proposals for the 2021 National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening is Open!
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee is pleased to announce that the call for proposals for the 2021 National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening (NBCC) is now open! The fully online event will take place from Wednesday, June 9, to Friday, June 11, 2021. The theme is Ready for Anything: Rising & Thriving Breastfeeding Communities in the Face of Uncertainty. The NBCC brings together advocates within the First Food field including representatives from breastfeeding coalitions, community-based organizations, national non-governmental organizations, and relevant governmental agencies. This gathering is designed to develop and strengthen leadership capacity to effectively protect, promote, and support breastfeeding at the national, state, and local/community levels. The conference team has developed several resources to support the submission process. The deadline to submit a proposal is Sunday, February 7, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PT.
USBC Public Comments on MCHB Strategic Plan
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee submitted comments in response to the request for information issued by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration to inform the MCHB Strategic Plan. The comments urge the agency to embed systemic breastfeeding promotion, protection, and support activities in MCHB programs, including through ongoing partnerships with breastfeeding coalitions.
Thank You for Contributing to the USBC Giving Tuesday Campaign!
Thank you for sharing, giving, and connecting with us for Giving Tuesday 2020! We are thrilled to announce that we exceeded our fundraising goal of $5,000! Thank you to everyone who donated generously and to our wonderful Board members who shared their stories. The critical work of the USBC is made possible through the generous support of individuals like you, and every dollar counts. If you've not yet made a contribution this year, we invite you to join us before December 31.
Weekly Wire Hiatus
The Weekly Wire will be on hiatus until the first week in January. We look forward to connecting with you in 2021!
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:
- ABM: The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine published a public statement titled "Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination in Lactation." The statement highlights information about two mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, urges vaccine manufacturers to include data for lactating individuals and their children in periodic safety reports, and recommends that future research studies routinely include pregnant and lactating participants.
- ACOG: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a Practice Advisory titled "Vaccinating Pregnant and Lactating Patients Against COVID-19." The Practice Advisory is intended to be an overview of currently available COVID-19 vaccines and guidance for their use in pregnant and lactating patients.
- Infant Risk Center: Infant Risk Center published a webpage titled "COVID-19 Vaccine in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding." The webpage compiles information and recommendations on COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- JHL: The Journal of Human Lactation published an article titled "Universal Screening for SARS-CoV-2 of all Human Milk Bank Samples." The authors tested the role of sampling containers and donated human breast milk in the transmittance of COVID-19. None of the samples tested positive, and the authors concluded that breastfeeding is a safe practice for COVID-positive mothers and that donor milk is safe for use, provided the necessary measures and eligibility criteria are met.
- USLCA: The United States Lactation Consultant Association released a statement titled "Vaccination for Lactation Care Providers." In the statement, USLCA advocates that lactation care providers should be treated as essential healthcare providers in the allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 News & Views
IBJ (commentary): "Role of human milk banks amid COVID 19: perspective from a milk bank in India"
Lactation Matters: "What IBCLCs Need to Know About COVID Vaccines"
MedPage Today: "Rooming-In, Breastfeeding Appear Safe for New Moms With COVID-19"
The New York Times: "Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women May Opt to Receive the Vaccine"
Guidance for Engaging Family Members in Nutrition, summarized from USAID
USAID Advancing Nutrition, a project of the United States Agency for International Development, published program guidance titled "Engaging Family Members in Improving Maternal and Child Nutrition." The publication translates research findings into practical recommendations for interventions that effectively engage family members in the care and feeding of children. It includes recommendations for engaging family members at key points in the program cycle in ways that support mothers and other primary caregivers.
Public Comment Opportunity on Infant Feeding Study, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention submitted a public information collection request for the "Feeding My Baby and Me: Infant Feeding Practices Study III." Comments will be collected by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). OMB is particularly interested in comments that: evaluate whether the proposed collection of information for the study is necessary, enhance the information to be collected, and minimize the burden of collecting the information for the study. Comments can be submitted in written or electronic form using the public comment portal. The deadline to submit comments is Sunday, January 10, 2021.
House Resolution Supporting USAID Commitment to Global Nutrition Passes, summarized from Congress
The House resolution titled "Recognizing the importance of sustained United States leadership to accelerating global progress against maternal and child malnutrition and supporting United States Agency for International Development's commitment to global nutrition through its multi-sectoral nutrition strategy" (H. Res. 189) has been agreed to by the House of Representatives. The resolution expresses support for increased U.S. efforts to combat malnutrition among women and children and acknowledges the contributions of the U.S. Agency for International Development in addressing global nutritional needs. Resolutions are used to express intent, principles, facts, opinions, and the purposes of the House.
Continuing Resolutions Passed, summarized from Congress
Congress has passed two short-term continuing resolutions to prevent a government shutdown while the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget negotiations continue. A joint resolution titled Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.J.Res.107) provided continuing FY2021 appropriations to federal agencies through December 20, 2020. An additional joint resolution, H.J. Res. 110, extended this by one day, through December 21, 2020. Learn more about the status of appropriations bills with the Congressional Research Service "Appropriations Status Table: FY2021."
Paid Leave Resources, summarized from New America
New America published two briefs on paid leave policies. "Explainer: Paid and Unpaid Leave Policies in the U.S." provides a short primer on private-sector workers' access and use of federal unpaid leave through the Family and Medical Leave Act and an introduction to state paid family and medical leave programs. "Explainer: Paid Leave Benefits and Funding in the U.S." delves into funding streams for state paid leave programs and possible paid leave benefits state programs could offer. Both resources include up-to-date information on paid leave as of Friday, January 1, 2021.
State & Community News
Scholarships Awarded to Aspiring BIPOC Lactation Support Providers, summarized from KBC
The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition awarded $10,000 in educational scholarships to support aspiring Latinx, Black and Indigenous lactation support providers. Ten individuals from Kansas City, Topeka, Wichita, and Southwest Kansas communities received scholarships to support their lactation education.
Webinar on Equitable Milk Sharing, summarized from MIBFN
Michigan Breastfeeding Network released a free on-demand webinar titled "Equitable Milk Sharing: The Risks and Burdens of Food Insecurity." The webinar critically examines the history of milk sharing and its modern implications for Black women and babies. The presentation includes consideration of which populations carry the risks and burdens of supplying donor human milk and which most often receive the benefits of donor human milk both historically and currently.
Funding Opportunity for Organizations Led by Women of Color, summarized from Ms. Foundation
The Ms. Foundation is launching a multi-year programmatic strategy to strengthen the financial sustainability and leadership development capacity of organizations led by women and girls of color (WGOC) in the U.S. South. The Ms. Foundation will support organizations led by WGOC in fourteen states in the South: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Letters of inquiry are due by Friday, January 8, 2021.
News & Views
Daily Independent: "Mobile pods provide privacy, security for nursing moms"