(currently being edited)

Specific Employer Resources to Accommodate

Break Time and Space By Industry

For example, how to accommodate employees in customer service, restaurants, mills

agriculture and more. Click the link below to see how.


 1. How this Bill will get NH up to date with the rest of the nation

New Hampshire Needs SB 219 to pass for the same reasons that other states already have

laws on the books!

To view state laws: National Conference of State Legislators,

2. How this Bill will help improve the business sector -

NH received several really low scores this year

Highest Rate of Breast Cancer In the US - 1st

(Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

Breastfeeding reduces the risk of some types of breast and ovarian cancer.

The longer you breastfeed, the more you reduce the risk.  

Workplace Policies that Support New Families NH earned a D

(National Partnership for Women & Families)  

Exclusive Breastfeeding at 6 monthsNH at only 27%

(Center for Disease Control and Prevention)  

National Rank for Infrastructure - NH ranked 48th

including basic social services such as schools and hospitals

(CNBC Business Network) 

Workforce - NH ranked 41st

(CNBC Business Network) 

Cost of Doing Business - NH ranked 32nd

(CNBC Business Network)  

Attracting Business - NH ranked 30th

(CNBC Business Network) 

Least affordable childcare - NH ranked 20th

(Childcare Aware America) 

3. How this Bill will improve the NH-Department of Labor Investigations

 The US DOL has come out with a proposal for updating the guidelines -

which were last updated in 1970. The NH DOL can act quicker than the Federl DOL

by enacting this bill into law.

4. How this Bill will update NH as an Equal Employment Opportunity employer

EEOC Enforcement Guidance: Pregnancy and Related Conditions

5. Why breastfeed longer than 1 year? 

breast milk nutrients - year 2

  • In the second year (12-23 months), 448 mL of breastmilk provides:
  • 29% of energy requirements
  • 43% of protein requirements
  • 36% of calcium requirements
  • 75% of vitamin A requirements
  • 76% of folate requirements
  • 94% of vitamin B12 requirements
  • 60% of vitamin C requirements

       – Dewey 2001

6. Define reasonable and adequate

Here is some helpful information regarding questions that may arise

about the terms "adequate" and "reasonable," as they are worded in the bill.

It was prepared by the US Breastfeeding Committee. 

The link below has slides that refer and respond to this specifically.  

Basically what is meant by reasonable and adequate amount of time is:

 that which is reasonable and adequate for the mother to express milk. These words are

intentionally broad so as to encompass the different needs of lactating mothers.

A mother's needs will change over time. Therefore, an employees temporary reasonable

 accommodation requests will also change over time. Example, the mother of a newborn

infant, may need more time during breaks and more frequent breaks than that of a mother

with a 6 months old. A lactating mother of a 6 month old may need breaks and a space,

while the mother of a 2 or 3 year old may only need 1 break -such as a lunch break and a

space to store pumped milk. It all depends on how easy or challenging it is for the mother

 to produce enough milk and how easy or challenging it is for the baby to receive the milk

- either by breast, bottle or other adaptive apparatus.  

7. Why Breastfeed vs. Bottle feed (milk, glucose water or artificial milk/formula

  • skin to skin contact for successful breastfeeding and neurological development
  • artificial milk can cause devastating medical problems -
  • Necrototising Enterocolitis

Talking Points

We hope to change the old-fashioned view held by some, that a model employee

is one that does not get pregnant, does not give birth, does not breast feed, and

does not have child-care responsibilities.

Why is it perfectly acceptable to exploit female sexuality for profit with the display of

breasts, but not okay to allow mothers the right to breastfeed, a natural and beautiful

human act? Elise Stirling

Studies have shown that it costs a company an average of

fifty thousand dollars to replace an employee - from recruiting costs,

training, and loss of productivity.