Weekly Wire: June 18, 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 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
- Technical Assistance Sessions for Coalitions
- USBC Membership Informational Session on 6/25
- Organizational Letter Supporting Increased Federal Funding for Breastfeeding Programs
- National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening Gratitude and Update
- International News
- Video Podcast on COVID-19 Vaccines and Lactation, summarized from WHO
- National News
- EMPower Best Practices Webinar, summarized from CGBI
- Report on COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage During Pregnancy, summarized from CDC
- Quarterly Community Provider Lactation Workshop, summarized from BDC/NOBC
- White Paper on Private Right of Action and Lactation Break Time and Space Laws, summarized from CWLL
- Infant Mortality Committee Meeting Announced, summarized from HRSA
- Bill to Create Consistency for Traveling Parents Introduced in House, summarized from Congress
- State and Community News
- Webinar on Workplace Lactation Support, summarized from CHEER
- Equity Lens
- On-Demand Webinar on Indigenous Infant Feeding, summarized from MIBFN
- Virtual Baby Café Centering Filipino Families, summarized from API Breastfeeding Task Force
- LGBTQIA+ Resource Webpage, summarized from KBC
- Special Issue on Breastfeeding and the Black Experience, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
- Request for Information on Methods for Advancing Equity, summarized from OMB
- Report on Equity and Paid Family and Medical Leave Programs, summarized from CLASP/FV@W
- Article on Peer Breastfeeding Program, summarized from IJEH
- News & Views
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Technical Assistance Sessions for Coalitions
Join the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee for two upcoming sessions in the Coalitions Technical Assistance series, designed to help strengthen every coalition's ability to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. Sessions will be recorded, however they are designed to be interactive, so active participation at the live event is encouraged for increased learning.
- "Transforming the Leadership Table" will take place Tuesday, June 22, from 1-3 p.m. ET. Subject experts Jacqueline Lambert, Carmen Cabrer, Jada Wright Nichols, and Linda Kopecky will break down the components of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and discuss different strategies coalitions can use to achieve their DEI goals.
- "How to Be a Better Partner" will take place Tuesday, June 29, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. ET. Subject experts, To-Wen Tseng, Pa Shasky, Jada Metcalf, and Linda Kopecky, will take a deep dive through appreciative inquiry to discuss ideas for building different types of partnerships and relationship-building strategies.
USBC Membership Informational Session on 6/25
Join the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee on Friday, June 25, at 12 p.m. ET for a virtual informational session on USBC membership. Organizations that are interested in becoming members of the USBC are encouraged to join in order to learn about membership categories, the application process, and the benefits of becoming a member in the USBC. The session will also include a Q&A.
Organizational Letter Supporting Increased Federal Funding for Breastfeeding Programs
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee is continuing to gather signatures on an organizational sign-on letter supporting increased investment in the CDC Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program for fiscal year 2022. The CDC Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program provides critical support to advance breastfeeding continuity of care and increase access to lactation-friendly environments in states, hospitals, and communities. Take action with us to support this crucial funding!
National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening Gratitude and Update
The 2021 USBC Conference wrapped up last Friday, June 11. It was a full and rich three days of online learning and connection! We thank and celebrate all who participated in making the event such a success. For those who were not able to participate in the live event, the USBC will be offering registrants access to the recordings of the sessions for six months. Stay tuned for more information about post-event registration in next week's edition of the Staying Abreast: Weekly Wire newsletter.
Video Podcast on COVID-19 Vaccines and Lactation, summarized from WHO
The World Health Organization released an episode of Science in 5 titled "Vaccines, pregnancy, menstruation, lactation and fertility." In the episode, WHO Chief Scientist, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan discusses guidance for COVID-19 guidance for vaccination of women with breastfeeding infants, women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, and women who are menstruating.
EMPower Best Practices Webinar, summarized from CGBI
The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Initiative is hosting an informational webinar on the EMPower Best Practices program on Wednesday, June 23, from 3-4 p.m. ET. The EMPower Best Practices program is a hospital-based quality improvement initiative that provides training and technical assistance to improve knowledge and skills in evidence-based maternity practices supportive of optimal infant nutrition with a focus on diverse, at-risk, and underserved populations. The purpose of the webinar is to provide hospitals with information on the EMPower Best Practices training initiative including which hospitals will be eligible, an overview of the training content and time commitment, and the overall benefits of the program.
Report on COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage During Pregnancy, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report titled "COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Among Pregnant Women During Pregnancy — Eight Integrated Health Care Organizations, United States, December 14, 2020–May 8, 2021." According to the publication, as of May 8, 2021, 16.3% of pregnant women identified in CDC's Vaccine Safety Datalink had received ≥1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy in the United States. Vaccination was lowest among Hispanic (11.9%) and non-Hispanic Black women (6.0%) and women aged 18–24 years (5.5%) and highest among non-Hispanic Asian women (24.7%) and women aged 35–49 years (22.7%). The authors conclude that improving outreach to and engagement with health care providers and pregnant women, especially those who are younger and from racial and ethnic minority groups, could increase vaccine confidence and thus coverage of COVID-19 vaccination among pregnant women and during pregnancy.
Quarterly Community Provider Lactation Workshop, summarized from BDC/NOBC
Birthmark Doula Collective and the New Orleans Breastfeeding Center are hosting free quarterly workshops on lactation counseling skills useful for community providers. This quarter's workshop will take place on Saturday, June 19, at 11 a.m. ET, and the subject will be tongue ties.
White Paper on Private Right of Action and Lactation Break Time and Space Laws, summarized from CWLL
The Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings Law published a white paper titled "Compliance or Complaints? The Impact of Private Enforceability of Lactation Break Time and Space Laws." Researchers conducted an in-depth review of lawsuits filed against employers in the four jurisdictions that have privately enforceable break time and space laws – Hawaii, Minnesota, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. – to examine the likelihood that employers will be sued. Researchers identified a total of 6 lawsuits filed against employers in all four jurisdictions over the combined 47 years that the laws have been in effect. The report found that the annual likelihood a private company will be sued under an enforceable lactation break time and space law is essentially zero (0.0002%). A business owner is over 25 times more likely to be struck by lightning in their lifetime.
Infant Mortality Committee Meeting Announced, summarized from HRSA
The Health Resources & Services Administration announced that the next public meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (SACIM) will take place Tuesday, June 22, from 12-4 p.m. ET and Wednesday, June 23, from 12-4 p.m. ET. The meeting will take place via webinar. SACIM advises the Secretary and the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration on Department of Health and Human Services' programs that are directed at reducing infant mortality and improving the health status of pregnant women and infants.
USBC Insight: The evidence for the value of human milk to overall health for infants, children, and mothers is scientific, robust, and continually reaffirmed by new research. Breastfed infants are at lower risk of certain infections and sudden unexplained infant death. Children who were breastfed have decreased risk of obesity, type 1 and 2 diabetes, asthma, and childhood leukemia. Women who breastfeed reduce their risk of specific chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and breast and ovarian cancers.
Bill to Create Consistency for Traveling Parents Introduced in House, summarized from Congress
Representatives Kathleen Rice (D-NY-4) and Van Taylor (R-TX-3) have introduced the Traveling Parents Screening Consistency Act of 2021 (H.R. 2550). The bill would require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a review of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) implementation of the Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening Act, as well as the effectiveness of the TSA in ensuring screening protocol clarity and screening consistency relating to the screening of formula, breast milk, purified deionized water for infants, and juice.
State and Community News
Webinar on Workplace Lactation Support, summarized from CHEER
The Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research will host a webinar titled "CHAMPS Begins Mississippi WINS: Workplaces Improving Nursing Support" on Wednesday, June 23, from 1-2 p.m. ET. Speaker and CHAMPS team member, Cathy Carothers will discuss their newest project, MS WINS (Mississippi Workplaces Improving Nursing Support).
On-Demand Webinar on Indigenous Infant Feeding, summarized from MIBFN
The Michigan Breastfeeding Network released an on-demand webinar titled "Bmadzewen yawen I Mbish Water is Life." Traditional practices are important to the identities of Indigenous families and their communities and the role of infant feeding is central to parenting. Traditional knowledge shared by Indigenous Elders is essential to sustaining traditional feeding practice and life-giving human milk. This webinar focuses on the importance of water on life in general and, in particular, how it affects breast milk. The presenter includes traditional teachings on the interconnectedness of water on all things in life.
Virtual Baby Café Centering Filipino Families, summarized from API Breastfeeding Task Force
The Asian & Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Task Force is launching a virtual Baby Café this summer. This will be a community space for breast/chestfeeding support where the Filipino experience is centered, but is open to all and offers support on all aspects of breast/chestfeeding and helps families reach their goals.
LGBTQIA+ Resource Webpage, summarized from KBC
The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition published a webpage titled "LGBTQIA+ Equity" that collates resources related to human milk feeding support and LGBTQIA+ families. Resources include webinars, articles, books, and more.
Special Issue on Breastfeeding and the Black Experience, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
Breastfeeding Medicine published an issue titled "Special Issue on Breastfeeding and the Black/African American Experience: Cultural, Sociological, and Health Dimensions Through an Equity Lens—Part 2." Guest edited by Dr. Sahira Long, the issue features additional original research, editorial analyses, and epidemiological surveys of the status of breastfeeding in the Black/African American community with an acknowledgment of the continuing negative impact of structural racism and the need for the development of a true measure of equity and justice.
Request for Information on Methods for Advancing Equity, summarized from OMB
The Office of Management and Budget launched a request for information as part of their work to identify effective methods for assessing whether agency policies and actions (e.g., programs, services, processes, and operations) equitably serve all eligible individuals and communities, particularly those that are currently and historically underserved. Comments must be submitted via the online portal, and will be posted publicly in their entirety. The deadline to submit comments is Tuesday, July 6.
Report on Equity and Paid Family and Medical Leave Programs, summarized from CLASP/FV@W
The Center for Law and Social Policy, in partnership with Family Values @ Work, released a report titled "Equity Matters: Lessons on Paid Family and Medical Leave Programs." The publication provides advice from state paid leave administrators and advocates that will inform policymakers, state and federal agencies, and advocates in developing and implementing equity-focused paid family and medical leave programs.
Article on Peer Breastfeeding Program, summarized from IJEH
The International Journal for Equity in Health published an article titled "Promoting equity in breastfeeding through peer counseling: the US Breastfeeding Heritage and Pride program." The authors discuss the process of designing the Breastfeeding Heritage and Pride program (BHP), which provides breastfeeding support for predominately low-income minority mothers in Connecticut and Massachusetts. They also examine the BHP model and its positive impact on breastfeeding outcomes.
News & Views
JAMA Network (Editorial): "A Mother's Gold"
Just the Real News: "Committee Advances Bills to Protect Nursing Mothers and Older Workers"
KBC press release: "Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition Awards Grants to Support Breastfeeding in Kansas"