NH DHHS - Three Receive Awards

Three Receive Recognition Awards for Breastfeeding Promotion

Concord, NH – Three New Hampshire WIC Nutrition Program State and local

agency staff were recognized by the New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force

for their efforts to promote and support breastfeeding. The awards were

presented in June at a breastfeeding conference in Concord at the Health

and Human Services Building on Hazen Drive.

Awards were given to the following individuals:

Lisa Richards. MS, RD, State WIC Nutrition Services Manager, was recognized

for her efforts as an advocate for breastfeeding services in the WIC

Program for many years.

Lissa Sirois, RD, IBCLC, State WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator, was

recognized for her professional expertise and leadership to oversee all

breastfeeding and peer counseling services in WIC agencies.

Brandi Wadleigh, CLC, Southwestern Community Services WIC Breastfeeding and

Nutrition Coordinator, was recognized for her strong leadership and

expertise in leading breastfeeding and peer counseling services in Cheshire

and Sullivan Counties.

“New Hampshire has always had strong breastfeeding promotion services in

the WIC program, and it is noteworthy that these three staff plus many

others help mothers every day with breastfeeding, with more than 73% of New

Hampshire WIC mothers initiating breastfeeding in the early weeks,” said

Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “This success is a

tribute to all WIC breastfeeding coordinators and peer counselors.”

Three employers were recognized with the inaugural NHBFTF Breastfeeding

Friendly Employer Award as well: Stonyfield Farm, Plymouth State University

and Elliot Hospital. All three received the “New Hampshire” award which

recognized employers that go above and beyond the breastfeeding

requirements set forth in the Fair Labor Standards Act.

“I am excited to see the Task Force supporting maternity care practices and

worksite breastfeeding policies,” continued Montero. “These important

changes should lead to improved rates of breastfeeding duration, which is

linked to better outcomes for mothers and babies.”

For more information about the award go to

www.nhbreastfeedingtaskforce.org . To learn more about breastfeeding

initiatives within the Division of Public Health Services visit

www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/nhp/wic/breastfeeding.htm  and

www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/nhp/healthyearlycareeducation.htm .