Weekly Wire: March 20, 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
- Action Tool to Respond to Dietary Guidelines Public Comment Opportunity
- Soliciting Breastfeeding Resources for Arab American Heritage Month
- The USBC Supports...
- Special Section on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
- National News
- Webinars on Infant Nutrition and Healthy Weight, summarized from AAP
- Action Tool Urging Support for Black Maternal Health Momnibus, summarized from MomsRising
- House Resolution on Accelerating Progress Against Global Malnutrition Advances, summarized from Congress
- Article on Infant Formula and Toddler Milk Marketing, summarized from Maternal & Child Nutrition
- State & Community News
- Action Tool to Support Breastfeeding Students in Pennsylvania, summarized from CLFS
- Equity Lens
- Webinar on Engaging Fathers in Breastfeeding Support Efforts, summarized from MIBFN
- Collective Impact Connection
- Article Series on Individual Well-Being and Social Change, summarized from SSIR
- News & Views
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Action Tool to Respond to Dietary Guidelines Public Comment Opportunity
The USBC has launched an action tool titled "Urge the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to Support Breastfeeding." A new edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is under development, and for the first time ever, these guidelines will include nutrition recommendations for infants, toddlers, and pregnant and lactating parents. The Food and Nutrition Service has released a public comment opportunity, seeking input from individuals and organizations to guide the development of the 2020-2025 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Individuals are invited to use the USBC action tool to submit public comments urging the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) to support breastfeeding priorities. Please note that responding to public comment opportunities is not lobbying. The federal government is actively soliciting your input to inform its decision-making. To ensure adequate time for the DGAC to review public comments, the recommendation is to submit by Friday, March 27.
Soliciting Breastfeeding Resources for Arab American Heritage Month
April is Arab American Heritage Month! The USBC has published a webpage titled, "National Arab American Heritage Month." The webpage features a compilation of resources, tools, and materials from the field, including resources that are available in Arabic and can be shared with breastfeeding families. Please submit additional resources via our online form.
The USBC has joined the following organizational sign on letter from the field:
- Coalition to Advance Maternal Therapeutics: Letter to National Institute of Health Director Dr. Collins and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Hahn urging them to ensure that pregnant women and lactating women are included in clinical research related to Coronavirus disease.
Special Section on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. It has now been detected in more than 150 locations internationally, including in the United States. The USBC has updated the webpage "Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies" to include resources specific to COVID-19. Statements and resources from the field include:
- AAP: The American Academy of Pediatrics has published a webpage titled "Critical Updates on COVID-19."
- ACOG/SMFM: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine have released a new COVID-19 algorithm titled "Outpatient Assessment and Management for Pregnant Women With Suspected or Confirmed Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)."
- CDC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published the "Pregnancy and Breastfeeding" webpage featuring resources and information on COVID-19.
- CGBI: The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute has created a new webpage as a part of their Lactation and Infant Feeding in Emergencies (L.I.F.E.) Support Initiative titled "COVID-19 Resources."
- The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) has been signed into law. The bill responds to the coronavirus outbreak by providing paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requiring employers to provide additional protections for health care workers. The bill also provides additional funding to food assistance and nutrition programs, including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
- Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) have sent a letter to the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration urging the agencies to consider the needs of pregnant people and other underrepresented populations as they work with pharmaceutical companies to develop a pipeline for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics. Their letter encourages the agencies to incentivize the development of vaccine and treatment candidates suitable for use in pregnancy, consult with the Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women, and increase representation of other underrepresented populations in clinical trials of treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. Read the press release.
- ILCA: The International Lactation Consultant Association has published a webpage titled "Resources for Skilled Lactation Providers on COVID-19."
- The Milk Bank: The Milk Bank has published "The Milk Bank COVID-19 Statement."
- SMFM: The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine has published a webpage titled "Coronavirus (COVID-19)" compiling resources to support the work of obstetrician care providers and their patients.
- UNICEF: UNICEF has published a webpage titled "Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): What parents should know"
- USLCA: The United States Lactation Consultant Association is offering a free webinar on Tuesday, March 24, titled "COVID-19: Best Practices for Lactation Consultants & Perinatal Educators." Note: registration is full for the live webinar, but the recording is available for pre-order.
- WABA: The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has published a compilation of publications and resources titled "Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and breastfeeding."
- WHO: The World Health Organization has published interim guidance titled "Clinical management of severe acute respiratory infection when novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection is suspected."
Webinars on Infant Nutrition and Healthy Weight, summarized from AAP
The American Academy of Pediatrics, Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight, has published two webinar recordings on infant nutrition and healthy weight. The "Empowering Families to Make Healthier Food Choices Through WIC" presentation provides an overview of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and how it relates to obesity prevention. The "Early Child Nutrition: From Birth to Two Years" presentation highlights key findings from the article titled "Dietary quality among children from 6 months to 4 years, NHANES 2011–2016."
Action Tool Urging Support for Black Maternal Health Momnibus, summarized from MomsRising
MomsRising has published an individual action tool titled "Urge Congress to Pass the Black Maternal Health Momnibus!" Individuals may use the tool to contact their members of Congress in support of the Black Maternal Health Momnibus, a packet of nine bills that would address the crisis of Black maternal mortality in the U.S. and build on existing legislation in Congress to address the many dimensions of America's maternal health crisis.
House Resolution on Accelerating Progress Against Global Malnutrition Advances, summarized from Congress
The House Resolution recognizing the importance of sustained United States leadership to accelerating global progress against maternal and child malnutrition (H.Res.189) has been ordered to be reported in the House of Representatives. The resolution recognizes the importance of U.S. leadership to improve nutrition and health of children and mothers around the world and supports the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) commitment to global nutrition through its multi-sectoral nutrition strategy. The resolution also includes language stating that scientific evidence supports the benefits of improved breastfeeding practices on the short-term and long-term health and development of children and their mothers. An identical resolution (S.Res.260) was passed in the Senate in January.
Article on Infant Formula and Toddler Milk Marketing, summarized from Maternal & Child Nutrition
The journal Maternal & Child Nutrition has published a study titled "Infant formula and toddler milk marketing and caregiver's provision to young children." The study used an online survey to assess caregivers' provision of milk‐based products to their infants and toddlers and potential confusion about product benefits and appropriate use. The authors found that common marketing messages promoting infant formula and toddler milks may mislead caregivers about benefits and appropriateness of these products for young children. The authors also conclude that the findings support calls for public health policies and increased regulation of infant formula and toddler milks. Media highlights include:
State and Community News
Action Tool to Support Breastfeeding Students in Pennsylvania, summarized from CLFS
The Coalition for Lactation-Friendly Schools has launched an action tool titled "Ask the House Education Committee to Support Breastfeeding Students." Individuals can use the tool to contact members of the Pennsylvania House Education Committee to urge support of Pennsylvania House Bill 2048, which would provide students with time during the school day and accommodations to express milk; afford students protection from discrimination; allow a pregnant student to take a medically necessary leave of absence without punitive consequences; and protect students' confidentiality.
Webinar on Engaging Fathers in Breastfeeding Support Efforts, summarized from MIBFN
The Michigan Breastfeeding Network has released an on-demand webinar titled "Engaging Fathers in Breastfeeding Support." During the presentation, speakers from the Detroit Health Department discuss methods they have used to engage men to support their breastfeeding partners as well as strategies that have worked in other jurisdictions around the region.
Collective Impact Connection
Article Series on Individual Well-Being and Social Change, summarized from SSIR
The Stanford Social Innovation Review has announced a new article series titled Centered Self: The Connection Between Inner Well-Being and Social Change. The series will explore the important but often overlooked connection between inner well-being and effective social change. Contributors will share strategies and actionable steps that leaders and others working in social change can implement to foster well-being at the individual, organizational, sector, and societal levels. The first article in the series, "Connecting Individual and Societal Change," discusses how supporting the inner well-being of change makers can boost capacity for innovation and collaboration and ultimately lead to more effective solutions to social and environmental challenges.
News & Views
Chattanooga Free Times Press: "House GOP seeks more health coverage for mothers after birth"
The Manitoban: "A sizeable contribution to breast milk research"
Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis: "Breast milk may help prevent sepsis in preemies"