Jul 31, 2015 6:22 PM

Landrigan: Breastfeeding latch-on celebration has sense of urgency in NH


CONCORD - New Hampshire Women’s Foundation President Terie Norelli kicks off the latch as new mothers breastfed their children.

Breast milk is universally recognized as healthy for the infant but advocates say more needs to be done to give women access.

"But though times have changed policies and rules have lagged behind,’’ says Kary Jencks, executive director of the New Hampshire Citizens Alliance.

Portsmouth Senator Martha Fuller Clark wrote the first breastfeeding access law 15 years ago.

"A woman who nurses her child in public is told move on, retire to a public bathroom or simply desist or stop,’’ Clark says

She and Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley pursue a 2015 change that gives mom’s rights in the workplace to a clean, private place, some latitude for employers and legal recourse for mothers.

"Even though most New Hampshire employees are doing right by their employees, nevertheless these protections are worthwhile,’’ Bradley tells NH1 News.

The Vermont-based Mamava creates portable breastfeeding stations that are in airports across the country and at Fenway Park.

"We think of it as a billboard that there are many breastfeeding Moms who need as much help as they can get,’’ says Christine Dodson, co-founder of Mamava.

The State Senate unanimously endorsed the Clark-Bradley reform bill but the House Commerce Committee decided at the 11th hour to hold onto the measure to study it further.

The full House will take an up or down vote on the issue next January.


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