Weekly Wire: June 15, 2020

Weekly Wire: June 15, 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​
    • Virtual Identity Caucus Meetings
    • Webinar on August Breastfeeding Events
    • Pride Month Breastfeeding Resources
    • New Designs in the USBC Store
  • International News
    •  Webinar on Strategies to Address Severe Malnutrition, summarized from 1,000 Days
  • National News​
    • Senate Report on Airport Lactation Accommodation Bill, summarized from Congress
  • Equity Lens
    • Call for Journal Article Submissions, summarized from IJEH
  • News & Views

* denotes a USBC member organization news item

+denotes a USBC-affiliated constellation news item

USBC Updates

Virtual Identity Caucus Meetings

The USBC is hosting virtual identity caucuses to support individuals of the same identity to be in community with one another. While prejudice affects everyone, the ways in which we are affected, and thus the work that we have to do to address prejudice and oppression, is different. Identity Caucuses allow us to meet separately to do our different work. These facilitated safe spaces can be used to share stories and strategies toward solidarity and liberation, as we collectively work toward creating a world with thriving families and communities. Registration is required. These spaces are not meant to be used to learn from or recruit members of these communities, so please only register for groups with which you authentically identify. There are two meetings left in this line up that started in May: the Native American/Alaska Native Community Caucus will take place today, Monday, June 15, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET and the African American Identity Caucus Meeting will take place Wednesday, June 24, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. 

Webinar on August Breastfeeding Events

The USBC will host a panel presentation titled "A Conversation with Organizers of Global, National, and Community August Breastfeeding Events" on Tuesday, June 23, from 2-3 p.m. ET. With August just around the corner, the breastfeeding field is preparing to commemorate National Breastfeeding Month, World Breastfeeding Week, Native Breastfeeding Week, and Black Breastfeeding Week. Learn how to maximize engagement with this year's events by joining the organizers for a virtual panel presentation. They will share event origins, 2020 themes, and how to get involved in August and beyond. Join us to discover how to amplify your voice by organizing or participating in online or in-person activities in your community. This session will include an opportunity for questions, idea sharing, and general discussion with event organizers. Register to attend the webinar.

Pride Month Breastfeeding Resources

June is Pride Month! The USBC 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.

New Designs in the USBC Store!

Looking for the perfect Father's Day gift? Visit the USBC Shop to explore our line of clothing and gifts - including new products featuring the SUPPORT: Families, Babies, Breastfeeding design. Choose from t-shirts and sweatshirts in a variety of styles, stickers and mugs, and useful tote bags and water bottles—there's something for everyone, including babies and children! The USBC receives a small percentage of the proceeds from every item sold, so your purchase today can help create lasting change for breastfeeding families.

International News

* Webinar on Strategies to Address Severe Malnutrition, summarized from 1,000 Days

1,000 Days will host a webinar titled "Rounding Out the Power Four: MMS, Breastfeeding, and Vitamin A Supplementation" on Friday, June 19, from 8-9 a.m. ET. The presentation will define the "Power 4" as a targeted set of high-impact nutrition interventions, including breastfeeding, that can be scaled up to immediately reduce the number of children dying from severe malnutrition. 1,000 Days also launched the "Severe Malnutrition Resource Hub" with recordings of their Severe Malnutrition Learning Series, social-forward graphics, snapshots of peer-reviewed articles, and materials that can be shared with key audiences.

National News

Senate Report on Airport Lactation Accommodation Bill, summarized from Congress

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation released a report titled "S. Rept. 116-232 - Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act." Under current law, all large- and medium-sized airports will be required to provide a clean, private, non-bathroom space in each terminal for the expression of breast milk, effective in 2021. The Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act (S.2638)/Small Airport Mothers' Rooms Act of 2019 (H.R.3362) would expand this provision to small hub airports. The Committee report recommends that the bill pass without amendment. The Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act has been placed on the Senate Calendar for consideration on Monday, June 15.

USBC Insight: The USBC coordinated a joint letter thanking Congressman Miller (R-WV) for introducing the Small Airports Mothers' Rooms (SAMR) Act (H.R. 3362) and a joint letter thanking Senator Duckworth and Senator Fischer for introducing the Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Improvement Act. Thank you to the more than 70 organizations that signed on to these letters! The bill was passed in the House in December 2019. If passed by the Senate, the bill will go to the President's desk to be signed into law. 

Equity Lens

Call for Journal Article Submissions, summarized from IJEH

The International Journal for Equity in Health released a call for papers titled "Interventions and policy approaches to promote equity in breastfeeding." IJEH will publish a special collection to bring together research addressing the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs and interventions targeted at reducing breastfeeding inequities. The journal will consider papers analyzing these issues from different disciplinary lenses (i.e. public health, nutrition, anthropology, economics, social sciences, and public policy) and methodological approaches – including any new qualitative or quantitative research or systematic review on the topic. The deadline for submission of full manuscripts is Thursday, October 15.

News & Views

* AAP News: "Study: In-hospital formula linked to earlier weaning from breastfeeding"

* Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association blog: "Keep Parents and Newborns Together in Critical Hours after Birth"

devex: "NGOs defend breastfeeding as COVID-19 misinformation rages"

* Healthy Children (AAP blog): "Breastfeeding During the COVID-19 Pandemic"

* Our Milky Way (Healthy Children Project blog): "A call to reinvigorate the International Code Of Marketing Of Breastmilk Substitutes"

Romper: "We've Been In This Fight For A Long, Long Time, & Can't Forget About Black Women"

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

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