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    The Virginia Breastfeeding Task Force is a forum open to all to develop and implement effective breastfeeding promotion and support strategies.

    Mission Statement

    • To improve infant and family health by making breastfeeding the cultural norm
    • To create a supportive public environment
    • To improve the rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration in Virginia to meet the National Healthy People 2020 Breastfeeding Objective of :
      • 75% of women breastfeeding at hospital discharge
      • 50% breastfeeding their infants at 6 months and
      • 25% breastfeeding their infants at 1 year of age.
    • To increase public awareness of breastfeeding support networks
    • To advance the "breastfeeding friendly" model of health care delivery and offer professional education to health care providers
    • To increase positive breastfeeding messages in the media and commercial sector
    • To protect the rights and needs of breastfeeding families and to promote breastfeeding as a way to decrease health care costs

    Member Benefits

    • Statewide Networking
    • Resource Sharing
    • Access to Lactation Professionals and Resources
    • Quarterly Meetings
    • Strength in Numbers

    Current Officers ~ November 2012 - November 2013

    Nancy Raines Chair
    Laurel Tharrington Co Chair
    Carol King Treasurer

    Lisa Reagan

    Recording Secretary
    Valerie Lemelin Membership Secretary
    Mercy Robertson Correspondence Secretary


    Upcoming Meetings
    Meetings are held quarterly on the first Thursday of the month (February, May, August and November)

    10:00AM to 2:00PM in Richmond, Virginia and are open to all.



    A Woman's Place
    4121 Cox Road, Suite 110

    Glen Allen, Virginia 23060

    (804) 545-1665 desk

    (804) 545-1935 fax




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