Weekly Wire: May 30, 2020

Weekly Wire: May 30, 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​
    • Power Tools Webinar Recording on Law and Policy Interventions to Support Breastfeeding
    • Share Breastfeeding Resources for Pride Month
  • Special Section on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) 
  • International News
    • Report on Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes, summarized from IBFAN/UNICEF/WHO
    • World Breastfeeding Week Action Folder and Pledge Form, summarized from WABA
  • National News​
    • Funding for Implementation of Black Breastfeeding Blueprint Awarded, summarized from ROSE
    • Update on Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and Draft Report, summarized from DGAC
    • Safe Sleep Resources for Child Care Providers, summarized from NICHQ
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Webinar on Creating a Culture of Equity and Reconciliation, summarized from Tamarack
  • News & Views

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USBC Updates

Power Tools Webinar Recording on Law and Policy Interventions to Support Breastfeeding

The USBC has published the recording of the Power Tools webinar session titled "The Role of Law and Policy in Assisting Families to Reach Healthy People's Maternal, Infant, and Child Health Breastfeeding Goals in the United States." This panel discussion shared information from a report released as part of the Healthy People Law and Health Policy Project—a collaboration between the federal HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CDC Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—that examines how communities can use law and policy interventions at the healthcare, workplace, school, and community-levels to achieve Healthy People's objectives related to breastfeeding. The presentation highlighted key findings from the report, including summarizing existing laws and policies that impact breastfeeding families, and sharing specific initiatives from the national to community level that demonstrate emerging trends in breastfeeding support and policy.

Share Breastfeeding Resources for Pride Month

June is Pride Month! The USBC has published a webpage titled, "LGBTQIA+ Resources and Pride Month." The webpage features a compilation of resources, tools, and materials from the field that can be shared with breastfeeding families. Please submit additional resources via the online form.

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

AFPA blog: "A Nurse Practitioner Discusses COVID-19 & Infant Health"

Breastfeeding Medicine: "Protect Pregnant and Lactating Women with COVID-19 Through Research, Not from Research"

CBPP blog: "3 Principles for an Anti-Racist, Equitable State Response to COVID-19 — and a Stronger Recovery"

Hartford Courant: "Even as an OB-GYN, my postpartum dreams turned into a coronavirus-anxiety nightmare."

Mothers' Milk Bank Northeast blog: "COVID-19 Outbreak Inspires Mom to Donate Milk: Stephanie's Story"

UNICEF: "Breastfeeding safely during the COVID-19 pandemic"

International News

Report on Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes, summarized from IBFAN/UNICEF/WHO

The International Baby Food Action Network, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization have jointly published a report titled "Marketing of breast milk substitutes: national implementation of the international code, status report 2020." The report provides updated information on the status of implementing the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (the Code) and subsequent relevant World Health Assembly resolutions in countries. Using a scoring algorithm, the report concludes that in 2018-2020, 44 countries around the world strengthened their protections against inappropriate marketing of breast milk substitutes. 11 other countries passed new Code-related legislation or filled gaps in existing legal measures during this time period. The United States has no legal measures related to the Code. Read the press release.

World Breastfeeding Week Action Folder and Pledge Form, summarized from WABA

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has released the #WBW2020 Action Folder. The action folder features the 2020 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) theme, Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet, campaign objectives, demonstrates the links between breastfeeding and planetary health, and identifies challenges and solutions for increasing breastfeeding rates. WABA has also launched the WBW 2020 pledge form where individuals can submit details about virtual or in-person WBW activities. WBW 2020 will take place August 1-7.

National News

Funding for Implementation of Black Breastfeeding Blueprint Awarded, summarized from ROSE

Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere has announce receipt of a three-year funding award from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The funding will support ROSE to address inequities in breastfeeding rates among African American women by partnering with communities across the U.S. who promote and support breastfeeding through culturally appropriate capacity building of community members, public health professionals, and healthcare systems.

Update on Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and Draft Report, summarized from DGAC

The U.S. Food and Nutrition Service has announced that the deadline to submit public comments to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has been extended to Wednesday, June 10. In addition, the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) has announced that it is nearing completion of its scientific review, examining specific topics and supporting scientific questions identified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Draft conclusion statements for the questions examined by each of the topic-driven subcommittees have been published online, including questions examined by the Pregnancy and Lactation and Birth to 24 Months subcommittees. The DGAC will hold the Draft Advisory Report Meeting on Wednesday, June 17, from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. ET. The meeting will be available to attend by webcast only.

USBC Insight: The 2020-2025 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans will include, for the first time ever, nutrition recommendations for infants, toddlers, and pregnant and lactating parents. Individuals are invited to use the USBC action tool to submit public comments urging the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to support breastfeeding priorities. Responding to public comment opportunities is not lobbying. The federal government is actively soliciting your input to inform its decision-making.

Safe Sleep Resources for Child Care Providers, summarized from NICHQ

The National Institute for Children's Health Quality has published a new resource titled "Safe Sleep Resources for Child-Care Providers." The resource includes a downloadable handout and infographic, which include information on how supporting breastfeeding can contribute to a safe sleep environment. These resources were developed as part of the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration Improvement and Innovation Network (NAPPSS-IIN).

Collective Impact Connection

Webinar on Creating a Culture of Equity and Reconciliation, summarized from Tamarack

The Tamarack Institute is hosting a webinar titled "Creating a Culture of Equity and Reconciliation" on Tuesday, June 9, from 1-2 p.m. ET. The presentation will address what it looks like to create a culture of equity and reconciliation in practice and how participants can enable and support change at the individual, community, and systemic levels.

News & Views

OKC FOX: "Rights of nursing mothers protected under signed legislation"

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