Child Care Providers

Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care

Breastfed babies and their moms experience lasting health benefits. Early child care providers are in a unique position to help mothers and families meet their personal breastfeeding goals.  Providing a breastfeeding friendly environment in the child care setting can encourage moms to continue breastfeeding after returning to work or school.  A center that is breastfeeding friendly:

  • Provides an atmosphere that welcomes and promotes breastfeeding as a normal method of feeding infants
  • Helps mothers continue to breastfeed when they return to work or school
  • Makes breastfeeding resources available to parents
  • Feeds infants on cue and coordinates feeding times with parent’s schedule
  • Trains staff so they are able to support breastfeeding parents
  • Has a written breastfeeding policy

The first step is to create a policy within your child care center.  Please review the resources below.

Additional Resources

The Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Childcare Food Programs (CCFP) has a two-year designation program to recognize centers that participate in the CCFP and meet the six standards listed above as a Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Center.  Download the application here .

A sample breastfeeding friendly child care center policy can be obtained here. Feel free to make changes for use in your child care center.

A list of benefits of becoming a breastfeeding friendly child care center can be found here.

An information sheet with breastmilk storage information and feeding tips can be found here.

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