Weekly Wire: December 3, 2020

Weekly Wire: December 3, 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
    • Shining a Light on USBC Board Members for Giving Tuesday
    • USBC Supports...
  • Special Section on COVID-19
  • National News​
    • Report on Timing of Complementary Food Introduction, summarized from CDC
    • Public Comment Opportunity on MCHB Strategic Plan, summarized from HRSA/MCHB
    • Webinar on Becoming an IBCLC, summarized from LER
    • Report on Digital Marketing of Infant Formula, summarized from PHAI
    • Annual Home Visiting Yearbook, summarized from NHVRC
    • Infant Mortality CoIIN Report on Addressing Preterm Birth, summarized from NICHQ
  • State & Community News
    • Partnership with Mi Milk Collective, summarized from MIBFN
  • Equity Lens
    • Native American History Month Resolution, summarized from Congress
    • Food Sovereignty Funding Opportunity, summarized from First Nations Development Institute
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Webinar on Workplace Protections for Breastfeeding Workers, summarized from Workplace Support Constellation
    • Webinar on Transformational Capacity Building, summarized from Washington Nonprofits
  • News & Views

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USBC Updates

Shining a Light on USBC Board Members for Giving Tuesday

In celebration of Giving Tuesday, the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee published profiles of six of the dynamic leaders who serve on the Board of Directors so that you can get to know the USBC even better. Read about them below and stay tuned as we continue to celebrate our board members through the end of the year! All of the committed individuals on the USBC Board of Directors give their time, talent, and passion to further advance the USBC mission to create a landscape of breastfeeding support—they make us shine!

But that's not all—three members of the USBC Board also pledged $800 of matching funds! All of their incredible stories helped inspire 47 donors to give an impressive $3,418.89 this Giving Tuesday. Thank you to every generous donor for making this important work possible! 

Meet Tiana Pyles

Meet Lindsay Groff

Meet Sekeita Lewis-Johnson


Meet Paulina Erices

Meet Scott Hartman

Meet Nekisha Killings

 

But that's not all—three members of the USBC Board also pledged $800 of matching funds! All of their incredible stories helped inspire 47 donors to give an impressive $3,418.89 this Giving Tuesday. Thank you to every generous donor for making this important work possible! 

It's not too late to contribute to the Giving Tuesday campaign! We're only $1,581.11 away from reaching our goal of $5,000, and every dollar counts! 

 

USBC Supports...

The USBC joined the following organizational sign-on letter from the field:

Special Section on 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:

  • MBP-Symbol.jpg ACNM: The American College of Nurse-Midwives, in partnership with the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs and the Center for WorkLife Law, is hosting a webinar titled "The Work Note: Supporting Pregnant and Breastfeeding People During the COVID-19 Pandemic" on Thursday, December 3, at 7 p.m. ET. Speakers will discuss how individuals can help pregnant and breastfeeding people avoid unnecessary risk during the COVID-19 pandemic by advocating for reasonable workplace accommodations and taking other simple, supportive actions.
  • MBP-Symbol.jpg CDC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report titled "Implementation of Hospital Practices Supportive of Breastfeeding in the Context of COVID-19 — United States, July 15–August 20, 2020." Evidence-based hospital practices supporting breastfeeding have sometimes conflicted with COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures. During summer 2020, hospitals implemented a variety of practices intended to balance evidence-based maternity care with infection prevention and control. The report found that because of the pandemic, 17.9% of hospitals reported that in-person lactation support had decreased and 72.9% reported discharging mothers and their babies less than 48 hours after birth. Approximately one half of hospitals encouraged rooming-in for mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, with precautions to maintain distance, and approximately two thirds of hospitals supported direct breastfeeding with precautions (e.g., mask use and handwashing) for mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. 
  • CDPH: The California Department of Public Health published an update to the document titled "Guidance for Pregnant and Breastfeeding People During the COVID-19 Pandemic." The document includes information on COVID-19 prevention, addresses concerns about COVID-19 and breastfeeding, and provides other relevant information.
  • CPHCE: The University at Albany, School of Public Health, Center for Public Health Education, in partnership with the New York State Department of Health WIC program, will host the 2020 Breastfeeding Grand Rounds, "Community Breastfeeding Support in the Time of Public Health Emergencies," on Tuesday, December 22, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. ET. Speakers will discuss evidence-based strategies to reduce breastfeeding disparities as well as the unique challenges posed by COVID-19, their impact on breastfeeding, and successful community strategies to overcome them.

National News

MBP-Symbol.jpg Report on Timing of Complementary Food Introduction, summarized from CDC

The Centers for Disease and Prevention published a report titled "Timing of introduction to complementary foods – Unites States, 2016-2018." Early introduction of complementary foods prevents infants from reaching the recommended six months of exclusive breastfeeding. The report uses data from the National Survey of Children's Health and includes national and state-level estimates of early introduction of complementary foods and beverages. The report found that nearly one in three infants is introduced to complementary foods before age four months, and that the prevalence of early introduction varies geographically and across sociodemographic and infant feeding characteristics.

MBP-Symbol.jpg Public Comment Opportunity on MCHB Strategic Plan, summarized from HRSA/MCHB

The Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau is seeking input to inform its strategic plan. The new strategic plan will steer MCHB's efforts to address current and emerging maternal and child health needs, including critical COVID-19 response, and continue progress toward accelerating improvements in maternal and child health through an emphasis on upstream determinants of health, prevention, and health equity. Comments and suggestions can be submitted via email through Friday, December 18.

USBC Insight: The Maternal and Child Health Bureau coordinates a variety of programs that include breastfeeding support, including the Maternal and Child Health block grant, Healthy Start, and Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program. 

MBP-Symbol.jpg Webinar on Becoming an IBCLC, summarized from LER

Lactation Education Resources will host a webinar titled "Real Talk: The Realities of Being and Becoming an IBCLC" on Tuesday, December 8, at 2 p.m. ET. Speakers will discuss the work of an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and different pathways for becoming an IBCLC.

Report on Digital Marketing of Infant Formula, summarized from PHAI

The Public Health Advocacy Institute released a report titled "Reducing Digital Marketing of Infant Formulas," as well as several policy briefs on infant formula marketing. The report explores the policy frameworks and self-regulatory bodies that govern the use of sensitive consumer information about pregnancy and infant feeding used to market infant formula. In addition, the report contains recommendations for how to better protect the public from infant formula marketing by the infant formula industry and through third-party retailers and digital platforms like Facebook and Google.

Annual Home Visiting Yearbook, summarized from NHVRC

The National Home Visiting Resource Center published the 2020 Home Visiting Yearbook. The publication includes information on the benefits of home visiting, who is being served by home visiting, and the landscape of home visiting throughout the United States. Breastfeeding rates are included as an indicator in the maternal and child health data section and the HealthConnect One community-based doula program is highlighted as a model program for home visiting.

Infant Mortality CoIIN Report on Addressing Preterm Birth Rates, summarized from NICHQ

The National Institute for Children's Health Quality released a report titled "Efforts to Address Preterm Birth Rates." The publication highlights the work of the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (IM CoIIN), a national initiative to improve birth outcomes and decrease infant mortality rates. The report includes case studies from Kansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and Oklahoma examining disparities, targeted interventions to support pregnant mothers, policy efforts, and emerging issues in each state. Breastfeeding rates are included in each case study as a positive outcome.

 State & Community News

MBP-Symbol.jpg Partnership with Mi Milk Collective, summarized from MIBFN

The Michigan Breastfeeding Network announced a new partnership with Mi Milk Collective, a standing work group dedicated to operationalizing systems change through sisterhood, mentorship, policy advocacy, and celebration of Black birthing and Black breastfeeding. Mi Milk Collective and MIBFN's new partnership plans to center Black birth and Black breastfeeding in a collaborative effort for systemic birth and breastfeeding justice throughout the state of Michigan.

Equity Lens

Native American History Month Resolution, summarized from Congress

Representative Tom Cole (R-OK-04) introduced Recognizing National Native American Heritage Month and celebrating the cultures and contributions of Native Americans to the United States (H.Res. 1228). The resolution has been supported by a bipartisan group of 21 original co-sponsors. Read the press release.

Food Sovereignty Funding Opportunity, summarized from First Nations

The First Nations Development Institute launched a funding opportunity titled "Gather Food Sovereignty Grant." The funding opportunity will support work contributing to building a national movement that will fulfill a vision of Native communities and food systems that are self-directed, well-resourced, and supported by community policies and systems. First Nations expects to award up to 13 grant awards of approximately $32,000 to support Native American-led food sovereignty work. Applications are due Thursday, January 14, 2021.

Collective Impact Connection

CollectiveImpact.jpg Webinar on Workplace Protections for Breastfeeding Workers, summarized from Workplace Support Constellation

The USBC-affiliated Workplace Support Constellation is hosting a webinar titled "Breastfeeding Works: Legal Protections for Lactating Employees During the Pandemic & Beyond" on Tuesday, December 8, from 3-4 p.m. ET. The webinar will give breastfeeding parents and those who support them the information and tools they need to continue breastfeeding after returning to work. The expert panelists will cover the national and state laws that protect breastfeeding parents from discrimination, the laws that require lactation accommodations at work, and particular challenges and options for workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The panelists will offer workers and advocates practical examples and solutions to common challenges. Learn more about the Workplace Support Constellation.

Webinar on Transformational Capacity Building, summarized from Washington Nonprofits

Washington Nonprofits is hosting a webinar titled "Transformational Capacity Building" on Thursday, December 20, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. Panelists will discuss seven foundational elements of transformational capacity building that support grassroots organizations, with a focus on nonprofits of color. The webinar will include an overview of key points, break-out sessions, and a Q & A portion with panelists.

News & Views

ASTHOExperts: "Harnessing the Power of Rural: Expanding Access to Telehealth"

MBP-Symbol.jpg CHEER blog: "CHEER Champion of the Week: Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport"

Essence: "Breastfeeding While Black During COVID-19"

Healthcare Insider: "Everything You Need to Know About Your Breastfeeding Health Insurance Benefits"

Mothers' Milk Bank Northeast blog:

Ms. Magazine: "The Future of Breastfeeding Is No Longer Over Toilets—Thanks to Sen. Duckworth's Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act"

The New York Times: "Undocumented and Pregnant: Why Women Are Afraid to Get Prenatal Care"

The Scientist: "Breastmilk Harbors Antibodies to SARS-CoV-2

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