Weekly Wire: August 28, 2020

Weekly Wire: August 28, 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 NBCC Reimagined Webcast Released
    • USBC Featured on InCast Podcast Episode
  • Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month
  • International News
    • Guidelines on Anesthesia and Breastfeeding, summarized from Anaesthesia
  • National News​
    • mPINC Survey Update, summarized from CDC
  • Equity Lens
    • Report and Coffee Chat on Racial Equity and Systems Change, summarized from the Urban Institute
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Podcast on Partnership and Trust, summarized from Collective Impact Forum
    • Case Study on COVID-19 Response and Collective Impact, summarized from Collective Impact Forum
  • News & Views

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

USBC Updates

New NBCC Reimagined Webcast Released 

USBC released the fourth free, on-demand webcast session in the NBCC Reimagined series, "Optimizing Support for All Populations." The session features three presentations:

Breastfeeding Without Nursing: Evidence-Based Best Practices to Support Exclusive Milk Expression

  • Presented by: Fiona Jardine, University of Maryland

Optimizing Lactation Care for Diverse Populations

  • Presented by: Nina A. Juntereal and Diane Spatz, American Academy of Nursing

Evidence-Based Practice Guideline: Breastfeeding Support of the Active Duty Servicewoman

  • Presented by: Heidi A. Koslo, Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition

This session has been approved for continuing education by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please review the after accreditation information before participating in this session.

Register for the webcastThank you to our partner Lactation Education Resources for hosting the series!

USBC Featured on InCast Podcast Episode

USBC Executive Director, Nikia Sankofa, and Deputy Director, Amelia Psmythe Seger, appeared on the latest episode of InCast, a podcast from Injoy Health Education. The episode "United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC): Its History, Today's Story, & Vision for the Future" features a discussion on the history of the USBC, the current work of the COVID-19 Infant & Young Child Feeding Constellation, and USBC's goals for today and for the future to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding in the United States. 

Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Month! This year's theme is Many Voices United. All month, we are sharing news, resources, and events in the Weekly Wire and on social media. 

August 25-31 is Black Breastfeeding Week! This year's theme is Revive. Restore. Reclaim. Learn more about events and activities organized by Black Breastfeeding Week.

  • BBW: Black Breastfeeding Week is hosting a variety of online events throughout the week. Upcoming events include:
  • * BMBFA: The Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association is hosting the "Annual Baby Lift: Virtual Edition" on Saturday, August 29, from 3-4 p.m. ET. Participants will lift up their babies together as a visual display of community support of children. View the Facebook event
  • BMHC: The Black Maternal Health Coalition is hosting daily events during Black Breastfeeding Week on their Facebook page:
    • "Breastie Bingo" will take place on Friday, August 28, at 10 a.m. ET. Participants will celebrate the trials and triumphs of breastfeeding together.
    • "More about Midwifery" will take place on Saturday, August 29, at 3 p.m. ET. Participants will learn about birth-person centered midwifery practices.
  • * BSTARS: Breastfeeding Sisters That Are Receiving Support is hosting the "3K Walk: Breastfeeding Sisters That Are Receiving Support." The 6th annual 3K walk will wrap up the BSTARS Walk/Run in Solidarity: Million Milk March going on during the month of August. 
  • It Takes a Village: It Takes a Village Birth DFW is hosting a "Black Breastfeeding Week Virtual Latch On" on Sunday, August 30, at 11 a.m. ET. Participants must pre-register to receive the Zoom link.
  • Lydia O. Boyd: Lydia O. Boyd – Lactation Specialist is hosting two events during Black Breastfeeding Week:
    • The "Black WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Support Circle" will take place on Friday, August 28, from 5:30–7 p.m. ET. Black WIC breastfeeding peer counselors are invited to join to connect and share with other Black WIC breastfeeding peer counselors.
    • "Awesome Breastfeeders Virtual Summit" will take place on Saturday, August 29, from 1-2 p.m. ET. The summit will include presentations from breastfeeding community advocates related to the Black Breastfeeding Week theme.
  • Queen City Cocoa B.E.A.N.S: Queen City Cocoa B.E.A.N.S is hosting the "5th Annual Community Baby Shower" on Saturday, August 29, at 2 p.m. ET. Registrants can join for virtual prenatal education and a drive-by gift pickup.
  • SisterSong: SisterSong is hosting "Black Women Do Breastfeed," on Saturday, August 29, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. ET. Presented as part of their "Mama Talk" series, the session will include virtual breastfeeding support and a group discussion on Black breastfeeding experiences.
  • Trumbull County WIC: Trumbull County WIC is hosting "Reveling in the Colors: Support Black Breastfeeding Week 2020" on Monday, August 31, from 2-3 p.m. ET. Show your support during the virtual live event by wearing the theme colors orange or green. All participants will receive a gift for their participation. 

National Breastfeeding Month News & Views

A Better Balance blog: "The Workplace Supports We Need This National Breastfeeding Awareness Month"

The Chickasaw Nation press release: "August is National Breastfeeding Month"

Florida Health Pinellas County press release: "August is National Breastfeeding Month and DOH-Pinellas Peer Counselors are Helping Moms Celebrate"

Globe Gazette: "NICAO: Iowa celebrates national breastfeeding month and world breastfeeding week"

* HealthConnect One blog: "12 Organizations Supporting & Celebrating Black Moms Breastfeeding"

* USLCA blog: "Inclusivity Depends on You"

International News

Guidelines on Anesthesia and Breastfeeding, summarized from Anaesthesia

The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland published "Guideline on anaesthesia and sedation in breastfeeding women 2020." Published in the journal Anaesthesia, the guidelines state that breastfeeding is acceptable to continue after anesthesia and should be supported as soon as the woman is alert and able to feed, without the need to discard breast milk. In addition, the publication provides evidence-based information on drugs commonly used during anesthesia so that professionals can undertake a risk‐benefit discussion with breastfeeding patients.

National News

* mPINC Survey Update, summarized from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the 2020 national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) launched in mid-August. The 2020 mPINC survey will include hospitals that provide maternity care services and will be completed online only. Similar to past surveys, screening phone calls to hospitals will be made in alphabetical order by state/territory abbreviation, and hospitals will be contacted on a rolling basis. Please feel free to share this information with partners who may wish to reach out to hospitals in their communities to encourage participation in the mPINC survey. Periodic updates on the screening process will be available on the mPINC web site and through the Weekly Wire.

Note from CDC: Battelle, the contractor implementing the mPINC survey for CDC, will contact your hospital. Please do not contact Battelle directly unless your hospital has received the survey link and you have a question related to the 2020 survey.

Equity Lens

Report and Coffee Chat on Racial Equity and Systems Change, summarized from the Urban Institute

The Urban Institute released a report titled "Driving Systems Change Forward." The report includes key lessons from multi-site networks about what it takes to advance systems change forward by shifting power and promoting racial equity. A report author is participating in a virtual coffee chat with the Collective Impact Forum on Monday, August 31, from 4-5 p.m. ET to discuss report findings and how initiatives can build on this learning to change the structures, relationships and attitudes that keep racism rooted in place and communities struggling.

Collective Impact Connection

Podcast on Partnership and Trust, summarized from Collective Impact Forum

The Collective Impact Forum released a podcast episode titled "Building Trust among Partners and Sharing Credit." The podcast includes a roundtable discussion with Collective Impact Forum staff and partners on supporting and assessing partnerships and sharing credit among multiple partners in a collaborative.

Case Study on COVID-19 Response and Collective Impact, summarized from Collective Impact Forum

The Collective Impact Forum published a report titled "Collective Impact in Emergency Response: A Case Study of Milwaukee's COVID-19 Civic Response Team." The report examines Milwaukee's COVID-19 response and highlights six lessons for how collective impacts can be most effective in both meeting emergency needs and pursuing systems changes.

News & Views

Barron's: "A Total Lie': False Ads, Bad Advice Puts China's Mums Off Breastfeeding"

Daily Observer: "Liberia Launches 'No Water Campaign' to Promote Exclusive Breastfeeding"

health.gov blog: "How Laws and Policies Can Help Families Overcome Barriers to Breastfeeding"

Public Health Law News: "Profile in Public Health Law: Leila Barraza, JD, MPH"

WSU Insider: "New study to examine benefits, risks of breastfeeding during COVID‑19 infection"

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