NH Health Dept. Offering Award for Breastfeeding Friendly Businesses

By Joe Gullo

Published 04/07 2014 11:32AM

Updated 04/07 2014 11:35AM

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.

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