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NEW HAMPSHIRE BREASTFEEDING TASK FORCE ACCOMPLISHMENTS


NH Breastfeeding Task Force (NHBFTF) includes a 49 member multidisciplinary team with representation of all ten counties in the state.


Apr 1997 Established NH Breastfeeding Task Force Statement.
Aug 1997 Published and distributed NH Breastfeeding Resource Guide: www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/wic/documents/guide.pdf. Developed Breastfeeding Proclamation for World Breastfeeding Week and signed by Governor Jeanne Shaheen.
Jan 1998 Designed and distributed a NH Breastfeeding Promotion poster and postcards to increase the visual imagery of breastfeeding in our state.
Sept 1998 Developed and distributed educational pamphlet: A Guide for Breastfeeding in the Early Weeks for breastfeeding mothers. Revised in 2011: www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/nhp/wic/documents/earlyweeks.pdf
June 1999 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.
May 2000 First annual presentation of NH State Breastfeeding Award(s) to hospitals or individuals in recognition of the promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding within their communities.
Aug 2000 Presented an informational training on Worksite Support for the Breastfeeding Employee: A Guide for Business with invitations sent to 700 New Hampshire Businesses.
May 2002 New Hampshire's Breastfeeding Task Force's Inaugural Breastfeeding Conference.
May 2002 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 (2011) and available on task force website.
May 2004 Sponsors NHBFTF Annual Breastfeeding Conference for professionals and collaborates teaching session(s) for medical students and residents at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
May 2005 Collaborated with NH AWHONN to provide "Train the Trainer" breastfeeding education program for health care professionals.
Apr 2006 Developed and distributed educational pamphlet: "Pumping for Preemies." Pamphlet was revised in 2012 and renamed as Providing Breastmilk for Your Hospitalized Infant. Available on task force website.
May 2009 Developed and distributed an educational module: A Breastfeeding Friendly Approach to Depression in New Mothers: A Curriculum & Resource Guide for Health Care Providers. Available on task force website.
2010-2016 The NH Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Project ( a committee of the Task Force) has conducted two statewide collaborative breastfeeding workshops and has targeted 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).
Jun 2013 First annual presentation of NH Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Award(s) in recognition of NH Businesses' who support breastfeeding employees in the workplace.
Jun 2014 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.
Aug 2014 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.
Apr 2016 Task Force became an Approved Provider Unit of Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) and can independently award nursing contact hours for educational events.
June 2016 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.
Aug 2016 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.
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