Weekly Wire: July 9, 2020

Weekly Wire: July 9, 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​
    • New On-Demand Webinar Series Announced: "NBCC Reimagined"
    • Congratulations to the 2020 NBCC Awardees!
    • Power Tools Webinar on Shared Measurement
    • USBC Supports...
  • Special Section on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
  • COVID-19 News & Views
  • National News​
    • State Reports on Maternity Care Practices that Support Breastfeeding, summarized from CDC
    • Launch of Online Forum and Newsletter, summarized from CHAMPS/CHEER
    • NDAA Provision on Lactation Support for Military Servicemembers, summarized from Congress
    • Senate Report on Airport Security Screening Bill, summarized from Congress
    • Report on Birth Settings and Health Outcomes, summarized from NASEMs
  • State/Community News
    • Pregnant Worker Accommodation Bill Signed Into Law, summarized from Tennessee​​​​​
  • Equity Lens
    • Webinar on Reproductive Racial Disparities, summarized from APHA
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Podcast on Collaboration during COVID-19, summarized from Collective Impact Forum
  • News & Views

* denotes a USBC member organization news item + denotes a USBC-affiliated constellation news item

USBC Updates

New On-Demand Webinar Series Announced: "NBCC Reimagined"

Join the USBC for the launch of our new on-demand webinar series titled "National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening Reimagined." NBCC Reimagined is a robust series of webcast sessions to be released each Monday during National Breastfeeding Month (and beyond!). Although this year's in-person event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this series will showcase many of the outstanding presentations that had already been selected by the 2020 NBCC Conference Program Committee. The presentations will be offered on-demand and free of charge. The USBC is applying for continuing education (status pending). Learn more about each set of sessions.

  • Monday, August 3: Transforming Systems through Law and Policy
  • Monday, August 10: Centering Voices to Create Change
  • Monday, August 17: Innovative Solutions for Coordinating Care
  • Monday, August 24: Optimizing Support for All Populations
  • Monday, August 31: Advancing Breastfeeding Agency in the Community
  • Monday, October 5: Sleeping Safely While Breastfeeding 

Congratulations to the 2020 NBCC Awardees!

We are honored to recognize the outstanding members of the 2020 cohort of National Breastfeeding Conference and Convening Awardees! Each year, the USBC offers a limited number of awards to support the participation of cultural, tribal, and emerging breastfeeding leaders at our National Breastfeeding Conference and Convening. These awards are one component of the ongoing efforts of the USBC in recognizing individuals who dedicate their service to communities with breastfeeding rates below the U.S. national average rates.

While we may not be having an in-person gathering this year, the USBC is thrilled to honor the incredible work of the 2020 awardees who were chosen before the cancellation:

Hannah Halliwell
Emerging Leader Awardee

Pa Houa Shasky
Emerging Leader Awardee 

Takayla Lightfield
Tribal Trailblazer Awardee  

Anita Mihtukwsun
Tribal Trailblazer Awardee  

Whitney Dula
Cultural Changemaker Awardee

Jada Metcalf
Cultural Changemaker Awardee 

Power Tools Webinar on Shared Measurement

On Wednesday, July 15, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. join the USBC for the next webinar in the Power Tools webinar series titled "Shared Measurement: Collectively Assessing Our Impact." Presenter Kimberly Broomfield-Massey will review how to develop a set of common measures that are relevant to the collective aims agreed to by all stakeholders and how to use those measures and data to learn and improve over time. In addition, participants will learn about how an existing maternal and child health coalition is consistently and successfully using shared measurement to identify impacts made in the community. Register to attend the webinar.

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:

  • * CDC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a webpage titled "If You Are Pregnant, Breastfeeding, or Caring for Young Children." The CDC's list of people who need to take extra precautions to avoid severe illness from COVID-19 now includes those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. The webpage describes special considerations and how to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19.
  • * IBLCE: The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners published the "IBLCE 2020 COVID-19 Resource Centre." The resource was developed in response to the unique circumstances of COVID-19 and the rapid pace at which updates are needed. The resource is available in many languages.
  • * MIBFN: The Michigan Breastfeeding Network launched a resource webpage titled "Breastfeeding and COVID-19." The webpage includes links to guidance on breastfeeding and COVID-19, educational materials for lactation support providers and breastfeeding families, and advocacy resources.
  • North Carolina: The NC Affiliate American College of Nurse-Midwives, Mountain Area Health Education Center, North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, and MomsRising released a publication titled "North Carolina Pregnancy & Continuity of Care During COVID-19 Task Force Recommendations." The document offers guidance to providers and facilities who seek to provide safe, high quality peripartum care to childbearing families in North Carolina during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

COVID-19 News & Views

The Conversation: "Separating mothers with COVID-19 from their newborns does more harm than good"

NICHQ Insights: "In the Face of COVID-19, Baltimore Healthy Start Builds Resiliency"

ProPublica: "State Investigating Hospital With Coronavirus Policy That Profiled Pregnant Native American Mothers and Separated Them From Newborns"

Vogue: "Will Breastfeeding on Zoom Break the Work-Life Barrier Once and for All?"

National News

* State Reports on Maternity Care Practices that Support Breastfeeding, summarized from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) State Reports. The CDC's national mPINC survey monitors infant feeding care practices and policies among all hospitals providing maternity care in the United States and territories. All hospitals with maternity services are invited to participate in CDC's mPINC survey. In 2018, 70% of all facilities chose to participate. State reports summarize the strength of breastfeeding support in hospitals in each state and territory, as well as the areas that could be improved. These reports identify opportunities for states to better protect, promote, and support breastfeeding mothers and infants. The mPINC survey was redesigned in 2018. Results from the 2018 mPINC survey cannot be compared with results from previous mPINC surveys.

* Launch of Online Forum and Newsletter, summarized from CHAMPS/CHEER

The Center for Health Equity Education and Research launched the new CHEER newsletter. The newsletter features information on COVID-19 resources and activities, as well as a section dedicated to evidence-based literature on current knowledge and guidelines from the leading sources on maternal and child health. Subscribe to the CHEER newsletter. CHEER also launched the "CHAMPS Q&A Forum." Members of the Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternal Practices (CHAMPS) team will answer submitted questions on breastfeeding and maternal child health, especially in light of COVID-19. Answers will be publicly available for future reference.

NDAA Provision on Lactation Support for Military Servicemembers, summarized from Congress

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) introduced the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (S. 4049). The bill authorizes Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations and sets forth policies for Department of Defense programs and activities. The bill includes a provision which would require the Secretary of Defense to conduct a demonstration project designed to evaluate the cost, quality of care, and impact on maternal and fetal outcomes of using extramedical maternal health providers under the TRICARE program. The demonstration project would be used to determine the appropriateness of making coverage of such providers under the TRICARE program permanent. The demonstration project would include access to lactation consultants who are not otherwise authorized to provide services under the TRICARE program. In addition, the provision would require the Secretary to administer an annual survey to determine how many members of the Armed Forces, or spouses of such members, use doula support or lactation consultants.

Senate Report on Airport Security Screening Bill, summarized from Congress

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation published "Senate Report No. 116-238 - Traveling Parents Screening Consistency Act of 2019." The Traveling Parents Screening Consistency Act of 2019 (S. 2381) would require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a review of the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) implementation of the Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening Act, as well as the effectiveness of the TSA in ensuring screening protocol clarity and screening consistency relating to the screening of formula, breast milk, purified deionized water for infants, and juice. The committee reports favorably on the bill and recommends that the bill pass, with an amendment. The amendment removes the following sentence from the bill text: including the extent to which transportation security officers engage in screening beyond the screening prescribed through relevant policies and training. The bill has been placed on the Senate calendar for consideration. 

Report on Birth Settings and Health Outcomes, summarized from NASEM

The National Academies for Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report titled "Birth Settings in America: Outcomes, Quality, Access, and Choice." The report reviews and evaluates maternal and newborn care in the United States, the epidemiology of social and clinical risks in pregnancy and childbirth, birth settings research, and access to and choice of birth settings. Breastfeeding initiation and exclusive breastfeeding rates were included among the performance measures. NASEM has also published report highlights and an infographic depicting key findings from the report.

State/Community News

Pregnant Worker Accommodation Bill Signed Into Law, summarized from Tennessee

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed into law House Bill 2708/Senate Bill 2520, also known as the Tennessee Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. The law requires employers with at least 15 employees to make a reasonable accommodation for an employee's or prospective employee's medical needs arising from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, including lactation. Reasonable accommodations may include providing a private place, other than a bathroom stall, for the purpose of expressing milk. The new law goes into effect on October 1, 2020. Read the press release.

USBC Insight: Pregnant worker laws help shape the legal landscape surrounding breastfeeding workers. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission "Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues" states that lactation is a pregnancy-related medical condition. Refer to the "State Pregnant Workers Fairness Laws" webpage from A Better Balance for additional information on state legislation.

Equity Lens

* Webinar on Reproductive Racial Disparities, summarized from APHA

The American Public Health Association will host a webinar titled "A Path to Reproductive Justice: Research, Practice and Policies" on Thursday, July 14, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. Presented as part of their Advancing Racial Equity series, the session will provide context of racism in reproductive care across multiple impacted groups, share current advocacy approaches to advancing reproductive health equity, and highlight current federal legislation that addresses the barriers to achieving reproductive justice.

Collective Impact Connection

Podcast on Collaboration during COVID-19, summarized from Collective Impact Forum

The Collective Impact Forum released a podcast episode titled "Collaborating during COVID-19." The podcast features discussion on how the collaborative work of Collective Impact Forum members is being affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Discussion topics included supporting exhausted community partners, figuring out how to build engagement around a new initiative during the pandemic, and how to keep long-term goals while meeting immediate program needs.

News & Views

A Better Balance blog: "Summer Changes to Paid Family and Medical Leave: July 2020 Developments"

NICHQ Insights: "Indianapolis Gives Moms and Babies in Prison a Healthy Start"

Well+Good: "Pregnant and Lactating Women in the U.S. Will Have Official Dietary Guidelines For the First Time Ever"

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