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The New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force is a charitable, non-profit, 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to protect, promote and support breastfeeding through education, outreach and advocacy. The Taskforce includes a 49 member multidisciplinary team with representation of all ten counties in the state.
Established NH Breastfeeding Task Force Statement.
Published and distributed NH Breastfeeding Resource Guide
Developed Breastfeeding Proclamation for World Breastfeeding Week and signed by Governor Jeanne Shaheen.
Designed and distributed a NH Breastfeeding Promotion poster and postcards to increase the visual imagery of breastfeeding in our state.
Developed and distributed educational pamphlet: A Guide for Breastfeeding in the Early Weeks for breastfeeding mothers. Later revised in 2011.
Assisted in the language of Breastfeeding Bill (HB 441) and provided supportive testimony to House and Senate legislators.
HB 441 legislation protects a women's right to breastfeed her child in public and was signed into law by Governor Jeanne Shaheen on June 10, 1999.
First annual presentation of NH Breastfeeding Award(s) to hospitals or individuals in recognition of the promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding within their communities.
Presented an informational training on Worksite Support for the Breastfeeding Employee: A Guide for Business with invitations sent to 700 New Hampshire businesses.
New Hampshire's Breastfeeding Task Force's Inaugural Breastfeeding Conference.
Developed and distributed educational pamphlet: The Pacifier Decision: A guide for parents, to assist parents in making an informed decision regarding pacifier use for their breastfed baby.
Revised in 2011 and available on task force website: click here.
Sponsors NHBFTF Annual Breastfeeding Conference for professionals and collaborates teaching session(s) for medical students and residents at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
Collaborated with NH AWHONN to provide "Train the Trainer" breastfeeding education program for health care professionals.
Developed and distributed an educational module: A Breastfeeding Friendly Approach to Depression in New Mother's: A Curriculum & Resource Guide for Health Care Providers.
The NH Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Project (a committee of the Task Force) has conducted two statewide collaborative breastfeeding workshops and has target education efforts to help all hospitals improve levels of evidence-based in-hospital breastfeeding efforts (2010-2014). With CDC/ASTHO funding, the project has developed an Online Breastfeeding Curriculum with 15 nursing contact hours and provided Prenatal Provider Education in 15 outpatient settings, along with other onsite clinical education and support (2015-2016).
First annual presentation of NH Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Award(s) in recognition of NH Businesses' who support breastfeeding employees in the workplace.
First annual presentation of NH Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Award(s) to NH licensed childcare programs that actively support and encourage breastfeeding mothers and babies in a child care setting that is Breastfeeding Friendly.
Task Force officially became a New Hampshire non-profit organization ( 501 (c) (3) on August 17, 2014, continuing its educational mission of promoting, protecting, and supporting breastfeeding in our state.
Task Force became an Approved Provider Unit of Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) and can independently award nursing contact hours for educational events.
The Ten Steps project facilitated all New Hampshire Maternity Hospitals (19 total) in becoming "Bag-Free" prohibiting the distribution of formula company diaper bags to new parents.
NHBFTF Poster presentation entitled: New Hampshire Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Collaborative Statewide Quality Improvement Initiative was presented at the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) Conference in Arlington, VA.
The Task Force is a standing member on the Governor's Advisory Council on Lactation, charged with examining the state of breastfeeding protection and support in NH to provide information to the Governor and legislature to improve breastfeeding in NH.
The Task Force in partnership with Keene State College developed a Breastfeeding Support in the Workplace: Resource Toolkit. This Employer Training Module for Workplace Lactation Support is available for viewing or download here.
Designed a new NHBFTF Logo, Banner, and Rack Card to increase public awareness of the educational mission of the NHBFTF and to provide breastfeeding information for families, healthcare providers, communities and employers.
Renewed Strategic Plan
Hosted first virtual Breastfeeding Conference
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