Weekly Wire: October 21, 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 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
- PUMP Act House Vote Scheduled for Friday: Take Action!
- Native American Heritage Month
- USBC Supports...
- International News
- Study on Hospital Practices Supportive of Breastfeeding During COVID-19, summarized from JMFNM
- Systematic Review of Formula Milk Trials, summarized from BMJ
- National News
- 2020 mPINC National and State Reports Available, summarized from CDC
- Clinical Report on Human Milk and VLBW Infants, summarized from AAP
- Instagram Live on Infant Loss, summarized from USLCA/MMBNE
- Draft of Systematic Review of MCH Outcomes Associated with WIC, summarized from AHRQ
- Report on Proposed Information Collection for Future mPINC Surveys, summarized from CDC
- Proposed Technical Amendments to CACFP Meal Patterns, summarized from FNS
- Report on Paid Leave Impact on Health Care Cost Savings, summarized from NPWF
- Webinar on State of Obesity 2021 Report, summarized from TFAH
- State & Community News
- Webinar on NICU Lactation Support, summarized from BreastfeedLA
- Equity Lens
- Racial Equity in Postpartum Care Challenge, summarized from OWH/CMS
- On-Demand Webinar on Black and Indigenous Communities and Lactation, summarized from MIBFN
- News & Views
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PUMP Act House Vote Scheduled for Friday: Take Action!
The U.S. House of Representatives will be voting on the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act, House Bill 3110, tomorrow, Friday, October 22! The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee, A Better Balance, Center for WorkLife Law, National WIC Association, and the American Civil Liberties Union have updated the PUMP Act Partner Toolkit with the latest talking points, sample emails, social media messages, and unbranded graphics to help organizations urge their network to take action. The coalition also developed a PUMP Act Toolkit for Businesses, as input from employers is particularly valuable this week. Please call, tweet, and email your Representative in the House and ask them to vote YES for the PUMP Act. View the call script with detailed instructions on what you can expect when calling your Representative's office.
Native American Heritage Month
November is Native American Heritage Month! The USBC is updating the "Native American Heritage Month" webpage which features resources, tools, and materials from the field. Please submit additional resources for inclusion by completing the online submission form.
The USBC joined the following organizational sign on letter from the field:
- Care Can't Wait Coalition: Letter to Congressional leadership in support of crucial care provisions of the Build Back Better Act
Study on Hospital Practices Supportive of Breastfeeding During COVID-19, summarized from JMFNM
The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine published a study titled "Breastfeeding supportive practices in European hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic." The article highlights findings from a multinational survey on hospital compliance with the "Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding" during the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors surveyed 124 hospitals (with more than1,000 births per year) across 22 nations in Europe. They found that just 6% of hospitals had recommended formula feeding for COVID-positive mothers, whereas 73% continued to recommend direct, exclusive breastfeeding, but with some form of protection such as a mask or hand sanitizer for the mother or cleaning the breast before the feed. Additionally, 31% of the hospitals strengthened their rooming-in measures to protect infants against possible exposure to the virus elsewhere in the hospital.
Systematic Review of Formula Milk Trials, summarized from BMJ
The BMJ released an article titled "Conduct and reporting of formula milk trials: systematic review." The publication includes the findings of a systematic review to evaluate the conduct and reporting of formula milk trials. The researchers were specifically interested in understanding the risk of bias in published formula trials and if trial procedures could cause harm by undermining participant breastfeeding. The authors found that the formula industry is closely involved in formula trials, findings are almost always reported as favorable, and little transparency exists about the aims of the trial or reporting of results. This suggests that formula trials are not reliable and might not adequately protect participants in the trials.
2020 mPINC National and State Reports Available, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the 2020 Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) State Reports and 2020 mPINC National Report. The CDC's mPINC survey monitors infant feeding care practices and policies among all hospitals providing maternity care in the United States and territories. All hospitals with maternity services are invited to participate in CDC's mPINC survey. In 2020, 75% of all facilities chose to participate. National and state reports summarize the strength of breastfeeding support in hospitals across the nation and in each state and territory, as well as the areas that could be improved. These reports identify opportunities for states to better protect, promote, and support breastfeeding mothers and infants. The mPINC survey was redesigned in 2018, and results from the 2018 and 2020 mPINC survey cannot be compared with results from previous mPINC surveys. Have questions? Email mPINC@cdc.gov.
Clinical Report on Human Milk and VLBW Infants, summarized from AAP
The American Academy of Pediatrics released a new clinical report titled "Promoting Human Milk and Breastfeeding for the Very Low Birth Weight Infant." The report examines the importance of human milk and breastfeeding for the very low birthweight (VLBW) infant. Individuals from the AAP Section on Breastfeeding, the Committee on Nutrition, and the Committee on Fetus and the Newborn outlined what hospitals can do to promote mothers’ milk feeding in the NICU and to review the importance of multidisciplinary and system-wide adoption of lactation support practices.
Instagram Live on Infant Loss, summarized from USLCA/MMBNE
The United States Lactation Consultant Association is co-hosting an Instagram live with Mothers' Milk Bank Northeast on Friday, October 22, at 4 p.m. ET titled "Pregnancy and Infant Loss." Speakers from USLCA and MMBNE will discuss tools for supporting nursing and bereaved parents and advocating for those parents. USLCA also published a blog post titled "Providing Lactation Support to Families After Loss: In Honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month."
Draft of Systematic Review on MCH Outcomes Associated with WIC, summarized from AHRQ
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released their systematic review draft report titled "Maternal and Child Outcomes Associated with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)." The report evaluates evidence on whether participation in WIC is associated with nutrition and health outcomes for women, infants, and children, and whether the associations vary by duration of participation or across population sub-groups. The draft is open for public comments through Tuesday, November 2.
Report on Proposed Information Collection for Future mPINC Surveys, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention submitted an information collection request titled "Assessment and Monitoring of Breastfeeding-Related Maternity Care Practices in Intrapartum Care Facilities in the United States and Territories" to the Office of Management and Budget for review and approval. The request includes proposed methodology for the 2022 and 2024 national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC). Public comments on the report can be submitted to OMB through Thursday, November 18.
Proposed Technical Amendments to CACFP Meal Patterns, summarized from FNS
The Food and Nutrition Service released "CACFP Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010; Technical Amendments." This document corrects the final regulations to align meal pattern tables and corresponding endnotes with regulatory requirements, including those related to meal patterns for infants.
Report on Paid Leave Impact on Health Care Cost Savings, summarized from NPWF
The National Partnership for Women & Families released a new report titled "Paid Leave Would Cut Healthcare Costs." The publication examines the health care cost savings that would be associated with passing a national paid family and medical leave program. The author finds that a leave program would save the U.S. health care system $62.4 billion by improving health outcomes, including increased breastfeeding rates, and reducing the need for many health care services.
Webinar on State of Obesity 2021 Report, summarized from TFAH
Trust for America's Health is hosting a virtual congressional briefing and webinar titled "State of Obesity 2021: Better Policies for a Healthier America" on Wednesday, November 10, at 1 p.m. ET. The briefing will explore findings from TFAH's recent report, which examined how the social and economic factors linked to obesity were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers will cover the latest data on obesity and its impacts, highlight promising approaches to ensure healthier communities, and offer policy recommendations that can help all Americans lead healthier lives.
State and Community News
Webinar on NICU Lactation Support, summarized from BreastfeedLA
BreastfeedLA is hosting a webinar titled "Creating a Roadmap for Lactation Support in the NICU" on Wednesday, November 10, at 1 p.m. ET. Speakers will discuss best practices for supporting lactation in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU). They will also explore recent results from a landscape analysis done in Los Angeles about the use of pasteurized human donor milk in the NICU and discuss how to help all families meet their breast milk feeding goals despite having a hospitalized child.
Racial Equity in Postpartum Care Challenge, summarized from OWH/CMS
The Office on Women's Health in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the "HHS Racial Equity in Postpartum Care Challenge: Innovative Methods to Improve Postpartum Care for Black or African American and American Indian/ Alaska Native Women." The challenge is seeking innovative ways to improve postpartum care for Black or African American and American Indian or Alaska Native low-income beneficiaries enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program, with an emphasis on follow-up care for conditions associated with morbidity and mortality in the later postpartum period, including diabetes, postpartum depression and/or postpartum anxiety, hypertension, and substance use disorders. The deadline to submit a program for the first phase of the challenge is Friday, December 17.
On-Demand Webinar on Black and Indigenous Communities and Lactation, summarized from MIBFN
The Michigan Breastfeeding Network launched an on-demand webinar titled "Cultivating a New Culture." The presenters describe lactation as a traditional practice in both Black and Indigenous communities despite years of oppressive policies that work to sever families from their ancestral knowledge. This webinar is from the perspective of Black and Indigenous birth and breastfeeding workers as they share their experiences serving in their communities.
News & Views
MIBFN press releases:
- "Panoramic Doula and Michigan Breastfeeding Network receive grant to support Indigenous birth and breastfeeding services in Chippewa County"
- "Southeast Michigan IBCLCs of Color and Michigan Breastfeeding Network have been awarded $75,000 from the DMC Foundation to protect breastfeeding and mental health"
The Rural Monitor: "Doulas Provide Support for Maternal and Infant Health in Rural Communities"
San Diego Breastfeeding Coalition blog post: "Moms Need Even More Support to Breastfeed In the Era of COVID-19"