CONCORD — 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.
Awards were given to the following individuals:
Lisa Richards, 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, 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, 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 percent 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,” Montero said. “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, visit nhbreastfeedingtaskforce.org. To learn more about breastfeeding initiatives within the Division of Public Health Services, visit dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/nhp/wic/breastfeeding.htm and dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/nhp/healthyearlycareeducation.htm.