More and more women are choosing to breastfeed their baby and that is great news. A federal law passed in 2010, Break Time for Nursing Mothers, makes it easier for women to return to work and continue breastfeeding their baby. But as more nursing women return to work, more babies will need supportive child care.
When child care programs become strong partners and advocates in encouraging and supporting mothers to continue to breastfeed, the benefits to families are great. Child care programs also benefit from the improved health status of the children in their care. Knowing that you support and encourage breastfeeding mothers and babies could lead to families choosing your program over others—and could make a key difference in a mother’s decision to breastfeed her baby.
More information can be found on the New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force website.
All NH licensed child care programs are eligible to apply for the Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Award. See the NH Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Award Application and Checklist for details.
How to Apply or Ask Questions
Questions and completed applications can be emailed, faxed or mailed to:
Attention: Lissa Sirois, RD, IBCLC
NH Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health Services
29 Hazen Drive Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-0571
Fax: (603) 271-4779
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