Weekly Wire: April 3, 2020

Weekly Wire: April 3, 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​
    • Story Stool to Inform Response to Coronavirus Pandemic
    • Arab American Heritage Month Webpage
    • The USBC Supports...
  • Special Section on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) 
  • National News​
    • Black Maternal Health Week, summarized from BMMA
    • Ready, Set, Baby Web Resource Launched, summarized from CT-DPH
  • State & Community News
    • Breastfeeding Helplines, summarized from Various 
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Webinar on Networks Strategies and COVID-19, summarized from LLC
  • News & Views

 *denotes a USBC member organization news item

USBC Updates

Story Tool to Inform Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

The USBC has launched a story collector titled "How is the COVID-19 Pandemic Impacting Infant Feeding?" The highest priority of the USBC right now is creating a public record of the lived experience of breastfeeding families and those who support them. Health care providers, pregnant and breastfeeding families, and all public health stakeholders are invited to share their experiences and insights about how the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is impacting the infant feeding experience. The situation is constantly evolving, and stories are critically needed to inform USBC efforts as we seek to minimize the impact of this global crisis on breastfeeding families. There are options to share anonymously and privately.

Arab American Heritage Month Webpage

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 share additional resources via the online submission form.

USBC Supports...

The USBC has joined the following organizational sign on letter from the field:

Special Section on Coronavirus Disease (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:

COVID-19 News & Views

*AAP Voice: "Fighting Racism and Discrimination in the Wake of Coronavirus

Motherly: "Update: People giving birth in New York will not be forced to do it alone"

Trends in Medicine (Harvard Medical School blog): "COVID-19: Separating Infected Mothers from Newborns: Weighing the Risks and Benefits"

UCSD press release: "New Studies Investigate How COVID-19 May Impact Breast Milk and Pregnancy"

National News

Black Maternal Health Week, summarized from BMMA

Black Maternal Health Week will take place Saturday, April 11, through Friday, April 17. The Black Mamas Matter Alliance has announced that the 2020 theme is Centering Black Mamas: The Right to Live and Thrive. The campaign and activities for Black Maternal Health Week serve to amplify the voices of Black mamas and center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements. BMMA has published the #BMHW20: Campaign Toolkit with messaging guidance, sample social media messages, shareable graphics, list of national digital activities, and resources to help you engage with the campaign and its partners.

Ready, Set, Baby Web Resource Launched, summarized from CT-DPH

The Connecticut Department of Public Health, in partnership with the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, has launched an interactive website adaptation of the Ready, Set, Baby curriculum. The website contains all the content of the original curriculum and allows expectant parents to choose a self-paced experience to prepare for their breastfeeding journey. The website was developed with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

State & Community News

Breastfeeding Helplines, summarized from Various

Several states and communities have launched breastfeeding hotlines to remotely support local breastfeeding families. Please submit additional hotline information via the online form

  • Michigan WIC: Call 833-MIWICBF or 833-649-4223. The phone line is staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.
  • Ohio: Call 888-588-3423. The hotline is available 24/7.
  • Oklahoma: Call 877-271-MILK or text OK2BF to 61222. Urgent calls are returned 24/7, and texting is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.
  • St. Louis Area: Phone resources are listed on a local La Leche League website.

Collective Impact Connection

Webinar on Network Strategies and COVID-19, summarized from LLC

The Leadership Learning Circle will host a webinar titled "Network Strategies in COVID-19 Responses" on Friday, April 10, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. Presenters Ericka Stallings and Beth Kanter will explore how people are utilizing network strategies in their work as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

News & Views

DVIDS: "Breastfeeding in the military: Army Reserve Soldier makes history advocating for lactating military moms"

*Lactation Matters: "Add a Telehealth Frame To Your Facebook Profile"

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