Weekly Wire: May 8, 2020

Weekly Wire: May 8, 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​
    • Joint Letter Urging Emergency Supplemental Funding for Infant and Young Child Feeding Delivered
    • Power Tools Webinar on Law and Policy Interventions to Support Breastfeeding  
    • It's Not Too Late to Support USBC for #GivingTuesdayNow! 
  • Special Section on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) 
  • National News​
    • Report on Healthy People 2020 Breastfeeding Objectives, summarized from Law and Health Policy Project
    • Webinar on Transitioning to Virtual Baby Café, summarized from ROSE
    • Report on WIC Program Participation, summarized from FNS
    • 2020 Black Breastfeeding Week Theme Announced, summarized from BBW
    • Funding Opportunity for Culture of Health Proposals, summarized from RWJ
    • Mamas Day 2020 Virtual Events and Celebrations, summarized from Forward Together
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Webinar Introduction to Collective Impact Model, summarized from Tamarack
  • News & Views

 *denotes a USBC member organization news item

USBC Updates

Joint Letter Urging Emergency Supplemental Funding for Infant and Young Child Feeding Delivered

The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee has delivered a joint letter urging members of Congress to direct $10 million in emergency supplemental funding for multi-systemic infant and young child feeding responses in communities throughout the country. The coronavirus pandemic and pandemic-response have disrupted early attachment and compromised the initiation and establishment of breastfeeding, disproportionately impacting communities of color and those who are otherwise marginalized. Funding is needed to support the breastfeeding field to deliver lactation support services in the context of restraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter was signed by 42 international, national, and tribal organizations and 42 regional, state, and local organizations. It was delivered to Senators Shelby, Leahy, Blunt, and Murray and Representatives Lowey, Granger, DeLauro, and Cole. Additional signatures will be added on a rolling basis—join via the USBC's online form.

Power Tools Webinar on Law and Policy Interventions to Support Breastfeeding

Join the USBC for a Power Tools webinar 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" on Wednesday, May 20, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. This panel discussion will share information from a new report recently 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 (ODPHP), 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. This session will highlight 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. Cheryl Lebedevitch, Senior Workplace Program Manager and Policy Analyst at the USBC, served as one of three co-authors on the report. Register for the webinar series.

It's Not Too Late to Support USBC for #GivingTuesdayNow!

Giving Tuesday Now was Tuesday, May 5. This new global day of giving and unity was launched as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The USBC has not slowed our pace during this unprecedented time. We are working harder than ever to support the First Food field as we collectively confront the pandemic-related policies and practices that compromise breastfeeding. Thank you to the 12 donors who contributed a total of $385 to the USBC for #GivingTuesdayNow! There's still time to contribute—if you are able, please consider making a donation to support this crucial work. Your generous support makes it possible for the USBC to achieve our mission to drive policy and practice changes that create a landscape of breastfeeding support.

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

ASTHO Experts (ASTHO blog):

*Lactation Matters (ILCA blog):

The Sydney Morning Herald: "The birth of a coronavirus carrier's baby in Australia was different, for all the right reasons"

University of Idaho News Release: "Gates Grant Funds U of I, U of Rochester Team Testing Human Milk for Novel Coronavirus"

National News

*Report on Healthy People 2020 Breastfeeding Objectives, summarized from Law and Health Policy Project

The Law and Health Policy Project, a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CDC Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has released a report 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." The report describes and celebrates the efforts that have taken place across sectors and across the nation over the past decade to move the United States closer to reaching, and in some cases, exceeding, the Healthy People 2020 breastfeeding objectives. Public health professionals, educators, and policymakers can refer to the report as a tool for identifying strategies that can enable more families to initiate and sustain breastfeeding. The Law and Healthy Policy Project has also published an Executive Summary and a featured Bright Spot on Boulder County Public Health's efforts to help Colorado families meet their breastfeeding goals.

USBC Insight: Cheryl Lebedevitch, Senior Workplace Program Manager and Policy Analyst at the USBC, served as one of three co-authors on this groundbreaking report. In addition, Amelia Psmythe Seger, USBC Deputy Director, and Megan Renner, founding USBC Executive Director, served on the Report Working Group.

*Webinar on Transitioning to Virtual Baby Café, summarized from ROSE

Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere has released an archived webinar recording of a presentation titled "How ROSE Transitioned to a Virtual Baby Café." The presentation discusses how ROSE transitioned their baby café program to a virtual set up, as well as features challenges and lessons learned from this experience. Virtual Rose Baby Cafés are open to families in need of breastfeeding support, regardless of location.

*Report on WIC Program Participation, summarized from FNS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service has released a report titled "WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2018." The report provides detailed information on the demographic characteristics, economic circumstances, and health conditions of WIC clients, along with information on the operational characteristics of state and local WIC agencies. The data in the report is used for policy development, budget projections, and regulatory impact analyses. The report includes an interactive map titled "Breastfeeding Initiation by State, 2004–2018."

2020 Black Breastfeeding Week Theme Announced, summarized from BBW

Black Breastfeeding Week has announced that the 2020 theme is Revive, Restore, Reclaim. This year's theme is focused on rising in families and communities. Black Breastfeeding Week is scheduled for August 25-31. Follow Black Breastfeeding Week on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on #BBW20 activities.

Funding Opportunity for Culture of Health Proposals, summarized from RWJF

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced a call for proposals titled "Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health." RWJF is seeking proposals from 501(c)(3)-level organizations that are primed to influence health equity in the future, specifically addressing any of the four areas of focus: future of evidence, future of social interaction, future of food, future of work. Proposals are being accepted throughout 2020 on a rolling basis.

Mamas Day 2020 Virtual Events and Celebrations, summarized from Forward Together

Forward Together is hosting a series of virtual events in celebration of Mamas Day. Mamas Day was created to highlight the contributions of the many mamas around and to fight for the rights, recognition, and resources that mamas and families deserve. Events will be held between Friday, May 8, and Sunday, May 10.

Collective Impact Connection

Webinar Introduction to Collective Impact Model, summarized from Tamarack

Tamarack Institute will host a webinar titled "An Introduction to Collective Impact" on Monday, May 11, from 9-10:30 p.m. ET. The Collective Impact model provides a structure for multiple organizations to forge a common agenda for solving a complex and specific social issue. The webinar will explore the difference between Collective Impact and collaboration, the pre-conditions for success, as well as the five core principles of Collective Impact. 

USBC Insight: Goal 3 of the USBC Strategic Framework is to engage stakeholders in a Collective Impact model. This webinar may be helpful for any who are new to USBC or are looking for a refresher on the model. 

News & Views

Military.com: "Marines Update Fitness Rules for Pregnant Women in New Parenthood Order"

*AAP News & Journals Gateway: "Breastfeeding is Powerful Medicine"

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