Weekly Wire: July 31, 2020

Weekly Wire: July 31, 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 Action Tool on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies
  • Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month
  • International News
    • Webinar on Health Equity and Breastfeeding Support, summarized from GBC/UNICEF/WHO
  • National News​
    • Airport Lactation Accommodation Bill Passes Senate, summarized from Congress
    • Airport Security Screening Bill Passes Senate, summarized from Congress
    • NDAA Provisions on Lactation Support for Military Servicemembers, Paid Leave Pass Senate, summarized from Congress
    • Webinar on Exclusive Breastfeeding at Hospital Discharge, summarized from NACCHO
    • Public Meeting on DGAC Scientific Report, summarized from USDA/HHS
    • Study of COVID-19 Infection Control Best Practices in Mother-Newborn Dyads, summarized from Lancet Child & Adolescent Health
    • Systematic Review of Maternal Transmission of COVID-19, summarized from BJOG
  • State and Community News
    • Breastfeeding and Child Care Toolkit, summarized from KBC
  • News & Views

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

USBC Updates

New Action Tool on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies

The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee launched an online action tool titled "Tell Policymakers: Infant Feeding is a Vital Part of Emergency Preparedness & Response." Individuals can use the tool to urge policymakers to take three swift actions to integrate infant and young child feeding into future emergency preparedness and response efforts. The COVID-19 global pandemic has brought to light devastating shortfalls in this country's emergency preparedness and response, including major gaps related to infant and young child feeding in emergencies. Please take action and share widely with your networks!

Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Month! This year's theme is Many Voices United. All month, we will share news, resources, and events in the Weekly Wire and on social media. Share your local and virtual events with us. The first week of the month is also World Breastfeeding Week.

Resources and News

Virtual Events

  • * Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association is hosting two virtual events:
  • Breastfeed Durham is virtually hosting the first meeting of "Milky Pride & Play" on Monday, August 24, from 10-11 a.m. ET. Milky Pride & Play is a monthly space for LGBTQ+ parents and expecting parents.
  • * BreastfeedLA and Chichihualli Lactation and Family Wellness are partnering to host "Sacred First Food," a virtual poetry recital on Sunday, August 8, at 12 p.m. ET.
  • GOLD Lactation is launching a free webinar with Barbara Wilson-Clay titled "Let's Talk Lactation: Expert Answers to Your Professional Practice Questions" on Wednesday, August 5, at 4 p.m. ET.
  • Huntsville Hospital Women and Children Breastfeeding Support Services is hosting a "Virtual Big Latch On event" on Saturday, August 1, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET.
  • La Leche League of Fairfax City is hosting a series of virtual events titled "Live, Love, Latch! Fairfax" beginning on Sunday, August 2, at 2 p.m. ET.
  • Native Breastfeeding Coalition of Wisconsin is hosting a Big Virtual Latch On event on Wednesday, August 12.
  • Opelousas General Health System is hosting a "2020 Virtual Baby Shower" on Thursday, August 6, at 5 p.m. ET.

International News

Webinar on Health Equity and Breastfeeding Support, summarized from GBC/UNICEF/WHO

The Global Breastfeeding Collective, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization are hosting a webinar titled "Achieving health equity: providing skilled breastfeeding support universally" on Wednesday, August 5 at 9 a.m. ET. The presentation will feature a panel discussion of why investment in skilled breastfeeding support is essential to achieving equitable health outcomes. Speakers will include funders, implementing organizations, and national government level leaders. The presentation will be conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation in French, Spanish, Arabic, and Russian.

National News

Airport Lactation Accommodation Bill Passes Senate, summarized from Congress

The Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act (S.2638) passed the Senate. 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 bill was passed in the House in December 2019, and now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives for approval. Read the press release.

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! 

Airport Security Screening Bill Passes Senate, summarized from Congress

The Traveling Parents Screening Consistency Act of 2019 (S. 2381) passed the Senate. The bill 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 bill passed the House in September 2019, and now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives for approval.  

NDAA Provisions on Lactation Support for Military Servicemembers, Paid Leave Pass Senate, summarized from Congress

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (S. 4049) passed the Senate. 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. The bill also includes components of the Mothers of Military Service Leave Act, which would close a paid leave access gap by allowing women servicemembers of the National Guard and Reserve to receive pay and points towards retirement while on maternity leave. Read the press release.

Webinar on Exclusive Breastfeeding at Hospital Discharge, summarized from NACCHO

The National Association for County and City Health Officials is hosting a webinar titled "Unpacking Barriers and Facilitators to Exclusively Breastfeed at Hospital Discharge" on Wednesday, August 12 at 1 p.m. ET. The presentation will discuss on the results from a qualitative study conducted at Grady Memorial Hospital, which serves a high proportion of racial/ethnic minorities and lower income individuals. The study included insight from mothers, clinicians, community organizations’ staff, and administrators and aimed to understand factors influencing exclusive breastfeeding at hospital discharge. The webinar will also focus on short term and potential long term solutions to improve health care system support for exclusive breastfeeding.

Public Meeting on DGAC Scientific Report, summarized from USDA/HHS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will hold an online meeting to hear public comments on the Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) on Tuesday, August 11 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET. USDA and HHS will consider the Advisory Committee’s Scientific Report, along with public and agency comments, as the Departments develop the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. USDA has also released a written public comment opportunity on the Scientific Report. The deadline to submit public comments is Thursday, August 13.

USBC Insight: The 2020-2025 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) will include, for the first time ever, nutrition recommendations for infants, toddlers, and pregnant and lactating parents. Using the USBC tool, more than 900 individuals submitted public comments urging the DGAC to support breastfeeding in their Scientific Report and in the DGA. Thank you to all who took action!

Study of COVID-19 Infection Control Best Practices in Mother-Newborn Dyads, summarized from Lancet Child & Adolescent Health

The Lancet: Child & Adolescent Health published an article titled "Neonatal management and outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic: an observation cohort study." The study aimed to elucidate best practices regarding COVID-19 infection control in mother–newborn dyads and identify potential risk factors associated with transmission. From their data, the authors concluded that perinatal transmission of COVID-19 is unlikely to occur if correct hygiene precautions are undertaken, and that allowing neonates to room in with their mothers and direct breastfeeding are safe procedures when paired with effective parental education of infant protective strategies. Media highlights include:

CTV News: "Study finds moms with COVID-19 can safely breastfeed if they wear a mask, wash hands"

HealthDay: "With Safety Steps, Moms Unlikely to Pass COVID-19 to Newborns: Study"

Systematic Review of Maternal Transmission of COVID-19, summarized from BJOG

BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology published an article in June titled "Maternal transmission of SARS‐COV‐2 to the neonate, and possible routes for such transmission: a systematic review and critical analysis." The authors selected case reports or series of pregnant women with confirmed COVID-19 where neonatal outcomes were reported from two biomedical databases and extracted data on mode of delivery, infant infection status, infant feeding and mother–infant interaction. The authors concluded that neonatal COVID-19 infection is uncommon, rarely symptomatic, and the rate of infection is no greater when the baby is born vaginally, breastfed, or remains with the mother. They also stated that they found no evidence that isolating the baby from the mother is beneficial if hygiene precautions are taken, and encouraging the baby to spend time with its mother is likely to help with breastfeeding and bonding.

State and Community News

* Breastfeeding and Child Care Toolkit, summarized from KBC

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, in partnership with Child Care Aware of Kansas, has published "Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Centers Toolkit." The toolkit highlights how to become a recognized Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Provider in Kansas, the importance of breastfeeding, criteria for becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Provider, and where to find assistance with meeting those criteria.

News & Views

And I'd rather be breastfeeding blog: "What if we include the work of 'Breastmilk Production' in the GDP?"

KADN: "Opelousas General Health System Celebrates National Breastfeeding Month"

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