Message from Dr. Sophie Peterson, Board Chair (Sophie@breastfeedingnm.org)
In 2020, NMBTF is ringing in the new decade with exciting new projects. Whether you are a long-time NMBTF member or new to our website and work, welcome! We look forward to engaging with you this year.
This year’s conference topic, Bridging the Gap Between Birth and Home, is near and dear to my heart because it highlights the importance of holistic postpartum care—a key area that has been overlooked in our healthcare system. NMBTF is focusing on this topic to advocate for mothers, parents, and babies during a time that can be challenging, fragile, and crucial to the well-being of the family. Breastfeeding is a key component of that well-being, as part of a larger, more intricate puzzle.
In partnership with the Department of Health, we are introducing the NM Breastfeeding Friendly Clinic Initiative (BFFCI) supporting clinics with breastfeeding trainings and practices that mirror Baby-Friendly guidelines and gold standards supported by the ABM, ACOG, and AAP. We will, of course, continue our strong work with the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, celebrating New Mexico for one of the highest rates in the country of infants born in Baby-Friendly hospitals.
Also, we will host our first annual “!Vivan Las Mamas!” fundraising gala on Mother’s day weekend, Friday, May 8th, so bring your “Mamas” and all of your friends to this incredible event at the Flamenco Tablao, Hotel Albuquerque, celebrating the wonderful work we all do for New Mexico families. Watch for your invitation.
We have added Continuing Medical Education for physicians to our long list of credits available for conference participation and continue to add to our Clinical and Community tracks for the conference to meet the diverse needs of our membership. We are discussing a series of physician education Journal Club events throughout the state, so stay tuned for an event in your community.
2020 will be one of our most exciting years yet! I sincerely thank each of you for your continued efforts to ensure breastfeeding is the cultural norm in your communities and throughout our amazing state.
Sophie Peterson, MD, FACOG
Board Chair, NM Breastfeeding Task Force
The New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force Board of Directors promotes the vision and mission of the Task Force. The board meets quarterly, the morning prior to the statewide quarterly membership meeting. In addition, periodic conference calls are sometimes held.
Board members will serve for three years with the last year acting as the support for newly elected officers. Each person elected shall hold only one office at a time. Each person can serve two consecutive terms in the same office.
Officers will submit written quarterly reports. Board members shall perform the duties assigned to them in the bylaws or other duties as applicable.
Board members are elected at the March quarterly meeting by the membership of the NMBTF.
If interested in serving on the board, contact the Board Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.