Weekly Wire: February 5, 2021

Weekly Wire: February 5, 2021

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
    • Conference Presentation Proposal Deadline Extended
    • Call for Equity Champions
    • USBC Supports...
  • Special Section on COVID-19
  • International News
    • World Breastfeeding Week 2021 Theme Announced, summarized from WABA
  • National News​
    • Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey Closing Soon, summarized from CDC
    • New Committee Opinions on Breastfeeding, summarized from ACOG
    • Publication on CDC Surveillance of Maternal and Child Health, summarized from CDC
    • Public Comment Opportunity on Community Survey, summarized from CDC
    • Funding Opportunity for Community Assessment, summarized from NACCHO
    • Article on Breastfeeding Intentions in a WIC Cohort, summarized from MCN
    • Webinar on Dietary Guidelines for Americans, summarized from ACPM
    • Report on Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding Initiative, summarized from NICHQ
  • State & Community News
    • Breastfeeding Guidance for MIECHV Programs, summarized from Illinois
  • Equity Lens
    • Webinar on Data Equity, summarized from SSIR
  • News & Views

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USBC Updates

Conference Presentation Proposal Deadline Extended

The deadline to submit a proposal for the National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening has been extended to Monday, February 15, 2021.

The three-day online event (June 9-11) will include engaging presentations and opportunities for engagement with breastfeeding-focused representatives throughout the country. We are currently seeking proposals for concurrent session presentations under three learning arcs:

  • Resilience: Power of Community
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Advocacy in Practice

Read the top five reasons you should speak at the NBCC!

Call for Equity Champions

The USBC is working to identify a cohort of equity experts to be included in a directory on the USBC website. This new resource will make it easier for individuals and organizations in our network to find the support they need to move forward in their equity journey. If you have experience supporting others to operationalize equity, we invite you to complete the form by Friday, April 30. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to complete the form. 

USBC Supports...

The USBC has 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:

  • March of Dimes: March of Dimes published a statement titled "COVID-19 Vaccination and Pregnant and Lactating People." The statement affirms that the COVID-19 vaccine should not be withheld from pregnant and lactating people, that the federal government and pharmaceutical companies should work together to enroll pregnant and lactating women in clinical trials, and ensure surveillance studies monitor vaccination within individuals expected to receive it.
  • NACDD: The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors announced that it has awarded funding to 20 states through the Building Resilient Inclusive Communities (BRIC) program. The BRIC program will partner with state health departments and community-based organizations to promote healthy living and reduce social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. NACDD works with 15 DNPAO SPAN states and five SPAN Ambassador states to build sustainable programming into existing efforts and address COVID-19 in high risk areas focusing on vulnerable populations. This is achieved by providing technical assistance to increase food security, access to safe physical activity, and social connectedness.
  • NIHB: The National Indian Health Board released a call for resources that Tribes can access when planning or implementing their own COVID-19 response. Resources can be tools, operational plans, guides, policies, communication products, and beyond that have helped a Tribe combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Email Courtney Wheeler at cwheeler@nihb.org, with materials, resources, or questions.
  • NWLC: The National Women's Law Center published a resource guide titled "Rebuilding Stronger: State Playbook for Gender Justice." The publication includes policy briefs laying out policy elements, talking points, and data to help advance a gender justice-forward COVID recovery at the state level. Paid family leave and pregnant worker protections are highlighted as important policy priorities. 
  •  MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Various: The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the National WIC Association, and the United Fresh Produce Association published a letter to congressional leadership on the importance of strengthening funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

COVID-19 News & Views

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg AMCHP Pulse: "Increased Awareness of Midwifery and Home Birth Options in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic"

JAMA Editorial: "Can We Protect Pregnant Women and Young Infants From COVID-19 Through Maternal Immunization?"

National Partnership for Women & Families blog: "The COVID-19 vaccine is here, but what does this mean for pregnant people?"

International News

World Breastfeeding Week 2021 Theme Announced, summarized from WABA

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action announced that the 2021 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) theme is Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility. WBW will take place Sunday, August 1, through Saturday, August 7, and will focus on how breastfeeding contributes to the survival, health, and wellbeing of all, and the imperative to protect breastfeeding worldwide. Since 2016, the WBW theme has aligned with the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. The 2021 theme is aligned with thematic area two of the WBW-SDG 2030 campaign.

National News

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey Closing Soon, summarized from CDC

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's 2020 national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) will close on Friday, February 26, 2021. A BIG THANK YOU to all the hospitals that have already submitted their survey! There is still time for every hospital to be counted. There are only 3 weeks left and currently fewer than 60% of mPINC surveys have been submitted. To receive an individualized Hospital Report and be included in state and national level reports, hospitals must complete and submit their survey. CDC understands that 2020 was a difficult year. mPINC data are important even in tough times. These data help us all understand the progress and challenges hospitals may face providing maternity care practices supportive of breastfeeding. We can make progress together. If you are interested in how your state is doing, please see current submission rates for each state below. For questions, visit CDC's mPINC website or email mPINC@cdc.gov.

Highlights from the field on the mPINC survey include:

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg New Committee Opinions on Breastfeeding, summarized from ACOG

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released two Committee Opinions:

  • "Barriers to Breastfeeding: Supporting Initiation and Continuation of Breastfeeding" was developed by the Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women and the Breastfeeding Expert Work Group. The Committee Opinion describes hospital and societal barriers to breastfeeding, as well as challenges faced by specific populations.
  • "Breastfeeding Challenges" was developed by the Breastfeeding Expert Work Group and the Committee on Obstetric Practice. The Committee Opinion includes information on engorgement, persistent pain, low milk supply and galactogogues, mastitis, special concerns for preterm and early-term infants, medication use, guidelines for breastfeeding and substance use disorder, and palpable breast mass. 

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Publication on CDC Surveillance of Maternal and Child Health, summarized from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the second edition of Data to Action: CDC's Public Health Surveillance for Women, Infants and Children. The resource provides a comprehensive description of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveillance and data system activities related to the health of women and children. The monograph is a step toward making CDC surveillance systems more accessible to persons concerned with the health of women, infants, and children. The section on breastfeeding features information on the public health importance, the history of data collection, details on CDC surveillance activities, and general findings. In addition, the publication describes how CDC is using data for action, identifies data gaps and limitations, and provides insights on future issues. The resource states that continued enhancement in breastfeeding surveillance is needed to better inform efforts to improve breastfeeding practices.

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Public Comment Opportunity on Community Survey, summarized from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention submitted a public information collection request for the "National Survey of Community-Based Survey of Supports for Healthy Eating and Active Living (CBS HEAL)." The CBS Heal survey is an assessment of environmental and policy supports for healthful diets and regular physical activity within a community across the U.S. and how these supports are changing across time, including policies that support breastfeeding employees. Comments will be collected by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). OMB is particularly interested in comments that: evaluate whether the proposed collection of information for the study is necessary, enhance the information to be collected, and minimize the burden of collecting the information for the study. Comments can be submitted in written or electronic form using the public comment portal. The deadline to submit comments is Saturday, February 27.

Funding Opportunity for Community Assessment, summarized from NACCHO

The National Association of County and City Health Officials released a request for applications titled "Identifying Care Gaps: Conducting Community Assessments to Improve the Chest/Breastfeeding Landscape in Historically Oppressed Communities." The purpose of this funding opportunity is to strengthen partnerships and conduct a community assessment related to chest/breastfeeding at the local level with the intent to utilize findings to improve chest/breastfeeding rates in oppressed communities with historically low rates of breastfeeding. Applicants are required to apply with 1-2 key partners to conduct assessments that identify needs and assets to strengthen continuity of care for chest/breastfeeding support. The deadline to submit an application is Tuesday, March 2. NACCHO will host an informational webinar for prospective applicants on February 10, at 3 p.m. ET

Article on Breastfeeding Intentions in a WIC Cohort, summarized from MCN

The journal Maternal & Child Nutrition published an article titled "Meeting breastfeeding intentions differ by race/ethnicity, Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices Study‐2." The authors found that despite no differences in breastfeeding intentions, non‐Hispanic Black women were less likely to meet their breastfeeding intentions than non‐Hispanic White women. Hispanic women were more likely to intend to breastfeed yet were less likely to meet their intentions. This suggests that non‐Hispanic Black and Hispanic women face challenges to meeting their longer breastfeeding intentions. Understanding how racism, bias, and discrimination contribute to women not meeting their breastfeeding intentions may help efforts to reduce breastfeeding disparities.

Webinar on Dietary Guidelines for Americans, summarized from ACPM

The American College of Preventive Medicine is hosting a webinar titled "Dietary Guidelines Newly Released by USDA and HHS" on Thursday, February 11, from 3-4 p.m. ET. Speakers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will discuss new content in the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) and share free resources on the DGA.

Report on Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding Initiative, summarized from NICHQ

The National Institute for Children's Health Quality released a publication titled "Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding Initiative Invites Advocates to Join Communities of Practice." The report includes information on the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep Improvement and Innovation Network (NAPPSS-IIN) launching Communities of Practice to address policies, improve skills, and provide opportunities for safe sleep and breastfeeding advocates to learn from each other's experiences. The report also includes updates on NAPPSS-IIN's national action teams and their activities.

State & Community News

Breastfeeding Guidance for MIECHV Programs, summarized from Illinois

The Illinois Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program published "Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Breastfeeding Guidance." The resource aims to help MIECHV programs offer support and guidance to pregnant people and breastfeeding families.

Equity Lens

Webinar on Data Equity, summarized from SSIR

Stanford Social Innovation Review is hosting a webinar titled, "How not to use your data like a racist" on Thursday, February 18, from 11-11:45 a.m. ET.  A working understanding of how to incorporate equity into data products, and knowledge of practical tools that embed equity in research and data, is essential for anyone conducting data analysis, or making decisions based on data analysis. This session will provide real-world examples of mistakes made when using data that led to biased outcomes, and a seven-step framework for identifying inequity and hidden bias in the data product lifecycle. The form to receive complimentary registration access will close on February 10, or whenever capacity is achieved.

News & Views

MMBNE: "A Call to Action on Martin Luther King Jr. Day"

NCSL blog: "Too Young to Vote, Too Important to Ignore: 5 Things New Legislators Need to Know About Infants and Toddlers"

NPR: "Protect Pregnant Women 'Through Research,' Not 'From Research,' OB-GYNs Urge"

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg USLCA: "Amplify Black Voices"

U.S. News: "Maternal Health Advocates Optimistic With Unified Congress, White House"

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