For the children of New Hampshire to be healthy and strong, they must receive the best possible nutrition when they are infants. The New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force encourages breastfeeding because:
- Breastmilk provides an ideal balance of nutrients for the human infant.
- The nutrients in breastmilk are easily absorbed and digested.
- Breastmilk contains immune factors and anti-infective properties.
- Breastfed infants have fewer allergies.
- Breastfeeding allows infants to regulate their own food intake.
- Breastfeeding completes the natural reproductive cycle of the mother by promoting involution of the uterus.
- Breastfeeding promotes bonding between mother and infant.
The NH Breastfeeding Task Force is striving to meet the national objectives for breastfeeding prevalence and duration as outlined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Healthy People 2020 National Health Promotion and Disease Report. To achieve these objectives, NH should have 81% of its infants ever breastfed at hospital discharge with 60.1% of those infant still being breastfed at six months and 34.1% of those infants breastfed until one year of age. 46% of NH infants should be exclusively breastfed for 3 months and 25.5% should receive nothing but breastmilk for the first 6 months of life. In order to reach these goals, we support the following strategies:
- Inform expectant parents of the advantages of breastfeeding to both mother and infant.
- Provide expectant mothers with information on how to prepare for, initiate, and maintain lactation.
- Encourage practices that support breastfeeding in all sectors of the health care system.
- Institute policies in worksites that create an environment fostering success in breastfeeding.
- Increase public awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding.
- Increase community services that support breastfeeding.
- Keep health professionals informed of available breastfeeding services and information in the state.
Breastfeeding is accepted as the cultural norm in New Hampshire and all families will have access to evidence-based breastfeeding information, care, and support.
- Visionary - as an organization we combine scientific research, wisdom, and imagination to achieve our vision statement.
- Integrity - as an organization we are honest and ethical assuring responsible management of all New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force operations.
- Respect - as an organization our interactions and communications are professional and fair.
- Educational - as an organization we strive to provide current evidenced-based breastfeeding information to achieve our mission, vision, and goals.
- Collaboration - as an organization we work to establish partnerships that support our mission, vision, and goals.
STRATEGIC PLAN 2015-2020
Expand task force membership within the state.
- Expand membership of the task force to have representation from all hospitals in New Hampshire.
- Develop a subcommittee policy.
- Develop subcommittees based on established needs determined statewide.
- Examine the need for membership participation based on membership skill sets.
- Pursue membership representation from other health care disciplines.
Provide evidence-based breastfeeding education to the health professionals in the state.
- Offer education opportunities at task force meetings.
- Continue to offer the annual conference with education planned to meet statewide needs.
- Assist health professionals in obtaining evidence-based information that optimizes breastfeeding outcomes.
- Continue to monitor our website and provide the most updated evidence-based breastfeeding information.
- Continue to support the statewide 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Collaborative.
- Become an approved provider of continuing nursing education.
Improve access to breastfeeding support for families in our state.
- Establish a private practice subcommittee to determine baseline information and future needs to improve access to families in our state.
- Create a link to Zipmilk on the New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force Website.
- Establish a subcommittee to identify needs and strategies to improve workplace support.
Ensure organizational vitality and sustainability by following best practices in management and governance.
- Annually examine strategic goals to assure they are being met.
- Continually ensure/monitor activities align with core values.
- Annually monitor organizational and management principles for 501C3 organizations.
- Review bylaws every three years.
- Procure volunteer services for future task force auditing.
- Evaluate the need for the development of a social media policy.
Nurture and expand partnerships in our state.
- Identify potential partnerships.
- Continue to maintain and foster relationships and collaboration with hospitals, state and community agencies and breastfeeding organizations.
- Investigate grant possibilities for potential task force projects.
- Continue to grant the annual Breastfeeding Awards to individuals that protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
- Promote and increase the number of annual workplace awards for businesses that provide optimal workplace support to breastfeeding women.
- Promote and increase the number of childcare center awards for centers that provide optimal breastfeeding support to families.