Weekly Wire: January 29, 2021
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
- NBCC Call for Proposals Deadline: February 7
- Find Upcoming Events from USBC Member Organizations in One Place!
- Special Section on COVID-19
- National News
- Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey Closing Soon, summarized from CDC
- Launch of the WIC Participant Advisory Council, summarized from NWA
- Webinar on Infant Feeding Recommendations, summarized from NWA
- Webinar on Lactation Counseling After Milk Supply Challenges, summarized from IABLE
- Improving Social Determinants of Health Act Introduced, summarized from Congress
- Webpage on Breastfeeding and Diabetes, summarized from ADA
- Breastfeeding Guidance for Supervisors, summarized from U.S. Coast Guard
- State & Community News
- Webinar on Pasteurized Donor Human Milk and Milk Banks, summarized from MMWGL
- Webinar on Lessons Learned from Colorado Paid Leave Efforts, summarized from Various
- Equity Lens
- Funding Opportunity to Support Equity-Focused Policy Research, summarized from RWJF
- News & Views
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NBCC Call for Proposals Deadline: February 7
The call for proposals for the 2021 National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening (NBCC) is closing soon! 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 deadline to submit a proposal is Sunday, February 7, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PT. The conference team has developed several resources to support the submission process:
- 2021 Proposal Grading Rubric
- Writing a Winning Proposal: A prerecorded presentation on how to write a strong proposal
- Submission Tutorial: A brief video on how to navigate through the proposal system
Find Upcoming Events from USBC Member Organizations in One Place!
The USBC public event calendar features events hosted by USBC member organizations. Visit the calendar to find webinars, trainings, conferences, and other events happening across the First Food field.
USBC member organizations are invited to submit their events to the calendar. Learn how your organization can become a member of the USBC.
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:
- Breastfeeding Medicine: Breastfeeding Medicine has announced free access to a selection of articles through Wednesday, February 10. Open access articles include:
- "Best Practices for Human Milk Collection for COVID-19 Research"
- "Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination in Lactation"
- "President's Corner: Introduction to ABM's Statement on Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination in Lactation"
- "Social Support During COVID-19: Perspectives of Breastfeeding Mothers"
- CDC: The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention released an online resource titled "Toolkit for Tribal Communities." The resource includes guidance and tools to help tribal organizations make decisions, communicate with their members, and protect their families and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- MCN: The journal Maternal & Child Nutrition published two articles on infant feeding and the COVID-19 pandemic:
- ROSE Inc & JMM Health Solutions: Reaching our Sisters Everywhere, in partnership with JMM Health Solutions, has released the first episode in their on demand video title "VIPS in Action." Listeners will hear from leaders that made it possible for birth professionals to extend and expand their reach throughout the pandemic to provide the services necessary for perinatal and postnatal women.
- White House: The White House released the "National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness." The plan includes seven goals as part of the Administration's response to the pandemic. As part of goal three to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the plan states that the federal government will ensure that the process of developing COVID-19 treatments will include research to address the needs of communities of color, children, pregnant women, and populations at increased risk of serious complications as a result of COVID-19.
COVID-19 News & Views
JAMA Network: "COVID-19 Precautions Hamper Breastfeeding Support"
NIHB press release: "National Indian Health Board Awarded $261,000 in COVID-19 Response Grants"
Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey Closing Soon, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2020 national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) will close on Friday, February 26. Thank you to hospitals that have already submitted their survey! To receive an individualized Hospital Report and be included in state and national level reports, hospitals must complete and submit their survey. For questions, visit the CDC mPINC website or email mPINC@cdc.gov.
Launch of the WIC Participant Advisory Council, summarized from NWA
The National WIC Association launched the WIC Participant Advisory Council Application. Participant Advisory Councilmembers will serve as consultants to NWA by providing their expertise on the WIC experience in order to develop program and policy priorities and recommendations. Potential members will be able to learn about the political process, engage in policy, and virtually connect with a cohort across the country. In order to be eligible to serve on the Participant Advisory Council, applicants must commit to serving on the council for at least 1 year, have participated in WIC for at least six months, be a current/former participant in the WIC program or the caretaker of a former/current WIC participant, and not be currently employed by the WIC program. Members of the Participant Advisory Council will receive a stipend, an individual membership to NWA, and a complementary NWA conference registration.
Webinar on Infant Feeding Recommendations, summarized from NWA
The National WIC Association is hosting a webinar titled "Feeding Infants and Children from Birth to 24 Months: Summarizing Existing Guidance" on Thursday, February 4, from 3-4 p.m. ET. This session will provide an overview of the findings from a recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine consensus study report examining consistency of current guidance on what and how to feed infants and young children in high income countries. Speakers will discuss areas where more information on what and how to feed young children is needed and opportunities for organizations and government agencies to collaborate around the development and the dissemination and implementation of future infant and young child feeding guidance.
Webinar on Lactation Counseling After Milk Supply Challenges, summarized from IABLE
The Institute for the Advancement of Breastfeeding and Lactation Education is hosting a 'Clinical Case Discussions in Breastfeeding Medicine' webinar titled "Counseling the Pregnant Person with a History of Low Milk Production" on Sunday, February 14, from 8-9 p.m. ET. The goal of this series is to enhance the clinical practice of breastfeeding medicine by bringing together physicians and other providers from around the world, in order to share experiences, evidence, and innovative ideas in clinical practice. This series is perfect for physicians and other providers who have been practicing breastfeeding medicine for several years, or for those who are exploring the field or just getting started.
Improving Social Determinants of Health Act Introduced, summarized from Congress
The Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2020 (S. 4440/H.R.6561) has been introduced in both houses of Congress. The bill would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to establish a program to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequities by coordinating activities across the CDC. As part of the program, the CDC would award grants to eligible organizations to build capacity to address social determinants of health.
USBC Insight: The majority of pregnant people and new parents want to breastfeed, but significant barriers in health care, community, and employment settings can impede breastfeeding success. Underlying injustices in access to health, as a function of the social determinants of health, contribute to stark inequities in breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity along the fault lines of race, ethnicity, and income.
Webpage on Breastfeeding and Diabetes, summarized from ADA
The American Diabetes Association published a webpage titled "Breastfeeding and Diabetes." The webpage includes information on breastfeeding benefits, gestational diabetes, what to expect, and breastfeeding tips for parents with diabetes.
Breastfeeding Guidance for Supervisors, summarized from USCG
The U.S. Coast Guard has released an article titled "Supervisors: How to support breastfeeding in the field." The article details what new parents need to be successful breastfeeding, how to foster supportive workplace environments for active duty mothers, and information on specific operational fields.
State & Community News
Webinar on Pasteurized Donor Human Milk and Milk Banks, summarized from MMWGL
Mothers' Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes, in partnership with the University of Illinois' Nutrition, Obesity, and Health Equity Research Group, is hosting a webinar titled "Meet the Milk Bank" on Tuesday, February 9, at 12 p.m. ET. Speakers will discuss the safety, access, and equity of pasteurized donor human milk in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Webinar on Lessons Learned from Colorado Paid Leave Efforts, summarized from Various
9to5 Colorado, A Better Balance, and Good Business Colorado are hosting a webinar titled "Colorado's Paid Leave Victories - Lessons Learned and the Path Forward in CO and Nationally" on Wednesday, February 9, from 1-2 p.m. ET. Speakers will discuss their work in Colorado's recent paid leave win, as well as takeaways and lessons for other state and national partners around worker and business organizing, policy approaches, messaging, and implementation.
Funding Opportunity to Support Equity-Focused Policy Research, summarized from RWJF
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a call for proposals titled "Equity-Focused Policy Research: Building Cross-Cutting Evidence on Supports for Families with Young Children." The grant program seeks to fund a body of research that illuminates strategies and policies that enhance families' equitable access to key resources for supporting their children's healthy development. The program is looking at access to early care and education, income supports, and nutrition supports. Brief proposals are due Tuesday, February 16, before 3 p.m. ET.
News & Views
Robins Air Force Base new release: "Robins designates lactation rooms for breastfeeding mothers returning to work"
The New York Times: "Pregnant Women Get Conflicting Advice on Covid-19 Vaccines"