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
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:
- *CDC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published two new COVID-19 webpages:
- The "Care for Breastfeeding Women" webpage includes interim guidance on breastfeeding and breast milk in the context of COVID-19, including specific information about well child checks, lactation services, and donor milk.
- The "COVID-19 in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups" webpage highlights what public health professionals, community organizations, healthcare systems and healthcare providers, and individuals can do to address the needs of racial and ethnic minority groups during the pandemic.
- *CGBI: The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute has released COVID-19 Milk Expression, Storage and Handling Infographics. The infographics were developed for professionals in healthcare and early childhood education settings as part of the Lactation and Infant Feeding in Emergencies initiative.
- DONA International: DONA International has released a toolkit titled "Doulas & COVID-19: DONA International Recommendations." The toolkit includes information specific to doulas in preparation for working with clients, resources to help doulas identify symptoms of viruses (in themselves and their clients), and encouragement to follow the direction of local and state public officials.
- EMC/March for Moms: Every Mother Counts and March for Moms have launched an online action tool titled "This Mother's Day, policymakers must lift up the wellbeing of moms and families." Individuals can contact their local, state, and federal representatives in support of policy action that supports pregnant, childbearing, and postpartum people in the response to COVID-19.
- HHS/OMH: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Minority Health has collected a series of COVID-19 resources translated into several languages, including Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
- HMHBGA: Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia has published a resource titled "Navigating COVID-19 Resources for Pregnant and Postpartum Families." The resource provides guidance on pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period, including breastfeeding, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- *HRSA/MCHB: The Health Resources & Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau has released a webpage titled "Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Maternal and Child Health Bureau Frequently Asked Questions." The FAQs include information about Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant programs and the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program.
- USBC Insight: Breastfeeding rates are included as one of the National Performance Measures for the Title V Maternal and Child Health federal block grant. The MIECHV home visiting program provides support for at-risk pregnant women and families, including breastfeeding support.
- Johns Hopkins University: The Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health has published a repository titled "COVID-19, Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition – what does the science tell us?" The collection includes peer-reviewed journal articles on COVID-19, maternal and child health, and nutrition and will be updated regularly.
- UNICEF/USAID: UNICEF and USAID have published a counseling resource titled "Infant and Young Child Feeding Recommendations when COVID-19 is Suspected or Confirmed." The resource includes ten counseling cards and a recommended practices booklet that include easy-to-understand recommended practices for counselors and user-friendly graphics.
- *USLCA: The United States Lactation Consultant Association has released a fact sheet titled "Shared Decision-Making: Determining a Need for Infant Separation." The fact sheet highlights decision points for parents and clinical healthcare teams in making a shared decision about infant separation.
- WHO: The World Health Organization has published a document titled "FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Breastfeeding and COVID-19 For health care workers." The FAQ includes a decision tree on breastfeeding in the context of COVID-19. Read the press release.
COVID-19 News & Views
ASTHO Experts (ASTHO blog):
- "COVID-19's Impact on Pregnancy and Childbirth Policies"
- "Why We Need Race and Ethnicity Data to Beat COVID-19"
*Lactation Matters (ILCA blog):
- "Don't Get Lost in Translation: Evaluating COVID-19 Data and Guidance"
- "Update on Questions Regarding Journal of Human Lactation Article Safe Handling of Containers of Expressed Human Milk in all Settings During the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Pandemic"
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"
*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
*AAP News & Journals Gateway: "Breastfeeding is Powerful Medicine"