Weekly Wire: April 9, 2021

Weekly Wire: April 9, 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
    • Joint Letter Supporting the Right to Pump Milk During the Work Day
    • Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities for NBCC
    • Change of Address
  • Special Section on COVID-19
  • National News
    • Resource on Mothers and Families in Labor Force, summarized from DOL
    • Black Maternal Health Week Resources and Activities, from BMMA
    • Black Maternal Health Week Resolution Endorsement Opportunity, summarized from Congress
  • State & Community News
    • Funding Opportunity for Breastfeeding Support Organizations, summarized from MIBFN
    • Scholarship Opportunity for IBCLC Exam, summarized from NJBC
    • Webinar on WIC Clinics and Breastfeeding, summarized from KBC
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Podcast on Backbone Organization Role, summarized from CIF
    • Webinar on Equity and Collective Impact, summarized from CIF
  • News & Views

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USBC Updates

Joint Letter Supporting the Right to Pump Milk During the Work Day

Congressional champions are preparing to introduce the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act, a bill that would ensure all workers have the right to break time and a private space to pump breast milk as well as a mechanism to ensure that workers can hold their employer accountable if they do not comply. Organizations and coalitions are invited to sign on to a joint letter urging members of Congress to support the PUMP Act. A strong bill introduction with support from Senators and Representatives on both sides of the aisle is our best shot at making this bill a reality. We need as many organizations as possible to demonstrate their support. Download the letter to see if your organization has already signed on. Please share this announcement widely with your networks!

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities for NBCC

The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee opened exhibit and sponsorship opportunities for this year's National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening (NBCC). Whether you are a company seeking to introduce your products to a new audience or a service organization seeking an alternative promotion strategy, the NBCC offers the extra exposure needed to increase brand awareness. The 2021 online conference offers competitively priced exhibit and sponsorship opportunities to meet your marketing needs, and each exhibit and sponsorship opportunity affords full access to the event!

Change of Address

The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee has a new mailing address! Although our team continues to work remotely from across the country, our mailing address has changed. Please address future mail and packages to:

The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee
712 H Street NE, Suite 1738
Washington DC 20002

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:

  • AJOG: The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology published a study titled "COVID-19 vaccine response in pregnant and lactating women: a cohort study." The study examined 131 vaccine recipients, including 84 who were pregnant, 31 who were breastfeeding and 16 who weren't pregnant as a control group. The study found that pregnant and nursing women receive as much protection from COVID-19 mRNA vaccines as non-pregnant women, and they received more protection from the vaccines than they would get from an infection with the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • HHS: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the COVID-19 Community Corps, an initiative aimed at providing accurate, science-based information on the COVID-19 vaccine to communities across the country. By joining the COVID-19 Community Corps, participants will receive timely, accurate information to share with their network. 
  • MTAP: The Maternal Telehealth Access Project is completing a series of webinars in April to support maternity care providers and organizations to navigate the challenges of providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially via telehealth. The final webinar is titled "MTAP Presents: Maternal Telehealth Forum," and will be hosted on Tuesday, April 20, at 2 p.m. ET.
  • Time's Up Foundation: The Time's Up Foundation published a brief titled "Policy Prescriptions to Foreground Black and Latinx Women when Addressing the Caregiving Crisis." Published as part of the Time's Up, Measure Up initiative, the publication highlights the outsized impact the caregiving crisis is having on Black and Latinx women. It also includes four policy solutions to address the caregiving crisis through this lens, including ensuring paid family leave for all.

COVID-19 News & Views

Slate: "Telehealth Has Been Good in the Pandemic. It Could Be Great Long Term."

USA Today: "Pregnant women 'didn't have the data' – until now: COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, even for babies, study shows"

Vox: "The evidence that Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective in pregnancy is growing"

The White House: "A Proclamation on National Public Health Week, 2021"

National News

Resource on Mothers and Families in Labor Force, summarized from DOL

The Department of Labor, Women's Bureau, published an informational webpage titled "Mothers and Families: Selected Labor Force Characteristics." The resource includes data on labor force participation rates, unemployment, occupations, family type, earnings and family income.

Black Maternal Health Week Resources and Activities, summarized from BMMA

The Black Mamas Matter Alliance announced that the fourth annual Black Maternal Health Week will be held Sunday, April 11 through Saturday, April 17. Individuals and organizations are invited to explore social media and promotional tools, find and host local events, and follow all activities at the hashtag #BMHW21. The campaign and activities for Black Maternal Health Week serve to amplify the voices of Black mamas and center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements.

Black Maternal Health Week Resolution Endorsement Opportunity, summarized from Congress

Representative Adams (D-NC-12), Representative Underwood (D-IL-14), and Senator Booker (D-CA) are planning to introduce the Black Maternal Health Week Congressional Resolution. Organizations are invited to endorse the 2021 Resolution and to provide additional supporting materials. The deadline to endorse is today, Friday, April 9. 

State & Community News

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Funding Opportunity for Breastfeeding Support Organizations, summarized from MIBFN

The Michigan Breastfeeding Network announced a funding opportunity for breastfeeding supporters and support organizations led by and serving families of color in Michigan, with priority given to applicants serving Black and/or Indigenous families. This opportunity is being opened to compensate their work and increase their capacity to serve families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Applications will be accepted until Thursday, April 15.

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Scholarship Opportunity for IBCLC Exam, summarized from NJBC

The New Jersey Breastfeeding Coalition is funding five Lactation Equity Scholarships to cover the cost of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) exam in September 2021. Candidates must be New Jersey residents and members of a historically under-represented group of lactation care providers (Latinx, Black, Asian, Indigenous) who have fulfilled all the IBCLC exam prerequisites and are ready to apply for the Fall 2021 exam.

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg Webinar on WIC Clinics and Breastfeeding, summarized from KBC

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, April 20, from 1-2 p.m. ET titled "The Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinic." Speakers will walk through the Six Steps to Achieving Breastfeeding Goals for WIC Clinics from the National WIC Association and apply them to Kansas. Attendees will explore the WIC Breastfeeding website tools and learn how the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition can support WIC clinics to integrate breastfeeding support across the clinic.

Collective Impact Connection

Podcast on Backbone Organization Role, summarized from CIF

The Collective Impact Forum released a podcast titled "What is the Role of the Backbone in Collective Impact?" Panelists discuss how backbone organizations can set themselves up for success and common pitfalls when establishing a backbone's role.

Webinar on Equity and Collective Impact, summarized from CIF

The Collective Impact Forum is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, April 13, from 1-2 p.m. ET titled "Virtual Happy Hour: How to Embed Equity into Collective Impact Initiatives." Speakers will discuss structuring the governance of an initiative, embedding equity within collective impact work, and aiming to avoid the "traps" that can keep a collaborative stuck and not making progress towards its goals.

News & Views

The 19th: "Pregnant workers have fought for years for accommodations at work. They may finally get them."

Bloomberg: "Why Are Americans Still Waiting for Paid Parental Leave?"

MBPSymbol_Plum.jpg CHEER: "CHEER Champion of the Week: Uplifting Mamas Community Doula Program!"

The Hill: "Businesses urge Congress to include paid family leave in next spending package"

Motherly: "What is chestfeeding? (and why it's so important)"

Public News Service: "Biden Infrastructure Plan to Include Family Leave"

We All Count: "Research Brief: Paying Respondents for Data"

Yahoo Sports: "The breakout star of March Madness? A coach 'representing moms' and pumping breast milk at halftime"

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