Welcome to the NH's Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding webpage!
The NH's Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding project is a statewide collaborative quality improvement (QI) health care initiative that aims to increase the level of breastfeeding support provided to new mothers and their infants throughout the state of New Hampshire.
Our NH's Ten Steps project aims are to:
- Increase the level of evidence-based breastfeeding support provided to new mothers and their infants in all NH birthing hospitals
- Decrease the use of non-medically indicated formula supplementation during the first few days of a newborn's life
- Increase the rate of exclusive breastmilk feeding at newborn discharge throughout the state
These project aims are in alignment with national health care goals and benchmarks regarding exclusive breastmilk feeding and hospital support for breastfeeding including those set by the:
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Surgeon General's Healthy People 2020 Objectives, and
- Joint Commission
Our Project Leaders:
- Bonny Whalen, MD; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD), Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
- Joyce Kelley RN, MPH Ten Steps Project Manager
- Lisa Lamadriz RN, IBCLC Ten Steps Faculty and Content Expert
Key Supporting Organizations:
- NH Breastfeeding Task Force
- The Regional Program for Women's and Children's Health at DHMC: Victoria Flanagan, RN, MS
- NH Department of Health and Human Services: Lissa Sirois, RD, IBCLC WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator
The NH's Ten Steps project is funded by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Hearst Endowment Fund for Perinatal Outreach Education, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Maine Health: Let's Go!