Weekly Wire: September 10, 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
- Hispanic Heritage Month
- USBC Supports...
- Special Section on COVID-19
- International News
- Webinar on Social Norms and Child Feeding, summarized from USAID
- National News
- Hispanic Heritage Month Q&A Session, summarized from LER/Nikki & Nikki
- Summary of State Paid Family Leave Policies, summarized from COC
- State & Community News
- Survey on Infant Feeding Experiences in Ohio, summarized from Ohio DOH
- Equity Lens
- Black Breastfeeding Caucus Annual Meeting, summarized from BMBFA
- News & Views
* denotes a USBC member organization news item + denotes a USBC-affiliated constellation news item
Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month is Tuesday, September 15, through Thursday, October 15! This observance celebrates the achievements and contributions of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States. The USBC has published a webpage titled "Hispanic Heritage Month" featuring key information on breastfeeding and Hispanic/Latinx communities as well as a compilation of resources, tools, and materials from the USBC and the field, including materials in Spanish. Please submit additional resources for inclusion by completing the online submission form.
The USBC has joined the following organizational sign on letter from the field:
- Coalition to Advance Maternal Therapies: "Sign-On Letter Responding the FDA Office of Women's Health Request for Comments"
Special Section on COVID-19
As communities across the U.S. 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:
- AJBH: The American Journal of Human Biology published a commentary article titled "The COVID‐19 liquid gold rush: Critical perspectives of human milk and SARS‐CoV‐2 infection." The authors explore five key points and considerations for studying human milk in the context of COVID-19.
- Congress: Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) introduced a bill titled "Maternal Health Pandemic Response Act of 2020" (H.R. 8027). The bill would address maternal mortality and morbidity during the COVID-19 pandemic by improving research and data collection and dedicating resources to safeguard the health of pregnant and postpartum individuals. Read the press release.
- USAID: The United States Agency for International Development Board for International Food and Agricultural Development is hosting a meeting titled "COVID-19 and Nutrition: Impacts, Field Innovations, and Way Forward" on Monday, September 14, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET. The meeting will include time to discuss how the global community can work together to protect and advance nutrition outcomes, including breastfeeding, across sectors during the COVID-19 response and recovery.
- WHO: The World Health Organization published "WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 - 3 August 2020." The remarks close with a strong endorsement of the many benefits of breastfeeding, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Webinar on Social Norms and Child Feeding, summarized from USAID
The United States Agency for International Development is hosting a webinar titled "Social Norms and Child Feeding Practices: What Do We Know?" on Wednesday, September 23, from 9-10:30 a.m. ET. Participants will hear examples of social norms relevant to complementary feeding practices, intervention approaches used to address norms, and the impacts of these interventions on social norms and child feeding outcomes. Presenters will also share first-hand experiences with interventions and research featuring norms-responsive approaches in Malawi and Cambodia.
* Hispanic Heritage Month Q&A Session, summarized from LER/Nikki & Nikki
Nikki & Nikki Lactation Career Consultants, in partnership with Lactation Education Resources, are hosting a virtual question and answer session titled "¿Come Se Dice Leche? Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month" on Wednesday, September 16, at 1:30 p.m. ET. The session is open to all who provide lactation support.
Summary of State Paid Family Leave Policies, summarized from COC
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released an issue brief titled "Summary of paid family leave laws in the states." The publication includes key information on state paid family leave legislation including funding, benefits, and qualifications.
State and Community News
Survey on Infant Feeding Experiences in Ohio, summarized from Ohio DOH
The Ohio Department of Health launched a survey on the infant feeding experiences of Black/African American and Appalachian Ohioan mothers. All Ohioan adults who have given birth are eligible to take this survey. Responses will inform the Department on how to support people in Ohio who choose to breastfeed. The survey is open through Tuesday, October 6.
* Black Breastfeeding Caucus Annual Meeting, summarized from BMBFA
Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association will host the Annual Meeting of the Black Breastfeeding Caucus (BBC) on Thursday, September 17, from 1-4 p.m. ET. The meeting will include a presentation from Dr. Gail C. Christopher of the National Collaborative for Health Equity, as well as time to learn more about BBC committees and connect with other advocates. Registration for the meeting is for people who self-identify as Black and are willing to move forward the BBC's mission.
News & Views
* News from CHEER: "Ocean Springs Hospital is Baby-Friendly!"