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.
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.