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NH Health Dept. Offering Award for Breastfeeding Friendly Businesses
By Joe Gullo
CONCORD, N.H. - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) says that breastfeeding support for new mothers can make a huge difference.
The Affordable Care Act requires a reasonable amount of break time and a place for nursing mothers.
“Breastfeeding promotion and support is an important part of our public health message within the Division of Public Health Services,” DHHS Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. “Many of our programs that provide services to the women of New Hampshire include breastfeeding promotion and support services, such as our WIC Nutrition Program, the Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program, our Home Visiting Program, SIDS Program and our state-funded Community Health Centers. We recognize the importance of supporting mothers who choose to breastfeeding and value the public health reward, such as reduced rates of obesity, type 2-diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.”
The Department of Health and Human Services says about 8 out of every 10 mothers in N.H. choose to breastfeed their child after delivery.
The Department is also offering an award to employers who have a comprehensive breastfeeding program for their employees. Employers are being encouraged to apply for this award.
To learn more about current and past initiatives, visit the NH DHHS website at www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/nhp/wic/breastfeeding.htm.