Wood County Breastfeeding Coalition
What is the Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Provider Program?

The Wood County Breastfeeding Coalition, along with the Wood County Chronic Disease Coalition, received a grant to implement the Ten Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Centers (created by Wisconsin) to childcare providers in Wood County.   Foundations for healthy eating start at birth. Breastfeeding can provide long lasting health benefits for babies and their mothers and greatly impacts your child care program and the community. Breastfeeding provides protection from infections and lowers the baby’s risk of SIDS and obesity. Often times, breastfed babies spit-up less, are sick less often, and have less issues with constipation and diarrhea– happy, healthier babies!

The program entails an initial training on breastfeeding basics with all staff in the center, followed by a pre-assessment of the Center's current status with the 10 steps, guidance on creating an action plan to meet all 10 steps, a post-assessment, and, after all 10 steps are met, awarding the Center as Breastfeeding Friendly.  The Center is then listed with Child Care Resource & Referral as "breastfeeding friendly."

Childcare centers have an opportunity to support breastfeeding mothers and make the separation of mom and baby a smoother transition.  Being a supportive center will allow mom to focus on spending time with baby when at home, as opposed to worrying about leaving baby or deciding whether or not to continue breastfeeding. 

With more women in the workforce now, many are choosing to work and breastfeed.  Being a breastfeeding friendly childcare center will be more marketable to the majority of women returning to work and breastfeeding after having a baby. 


Link to the 10 Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Center Toolkit

Spanish Version: 10 Steps Spanish Version

Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Provider

All new hires must be trained on the 10 Steps within 6 months of hire.

Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Centers must receive continuing education on breastfeeding at least once a year. 

Online Module Training

How to Complete Online Modules & Get Education Hours 

All Center Staff should complete the following steps in order:

1. Complete and save the 10 Steps Pre-Test 

2. View the 11 video modules and 10 Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care PowerPoint training

3. Review Furnishing a Lactation Room document

4. Review Sample Policies

5. Complete and save the 10 Steps Post-Test

6. E-mail completed Registry form to afrance@co.wood.wi.us 


10 Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Online Modules 
**These modules are currently being updated**

Introduction (10:35)

Step 1 (3:10)

Step 2 (1:02)

Step 3 (1:40)

Step 4 (16:00)

Step 5 (1:41)

Step 6 (1:47)

Step 7 (1:43)

Step 8 (1:51)

Step 9 (0:56)

Step 10  (1:39)



Registry Form
(this form must be turned in for CEHs)




Pre & Post Test Answers
Action Plan Template
Furnishing a Lactation Room
Sample Policy for Childcare
Sample Policy for Employees
Ten Steps Overview
Go NAPSACC Assessment Tool

Wood County Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Centers

Ann Bluhm's Inhome Daycare—Marshfield
Bizzy Bee's Childcare—Nekoosa
Bows and Britches- Marshfield

Building Blocks - Wisconsin Rapids
Chakh ha Chee Head Start—Nekoosa
Country Tots Child Development Center—Wisc Rapids
Karen's Daycare—Wisc Rapids
Happy Days—Wisc Rapids
Playtime Day Care—Wisc Rapids
St Lawrence Early Childhood Center—Wisc Rapids
Bright Horizons—Marshfield
Head Start (all centers) 
Bows n Britches - Marshfield

How Can My Center Participate?

Contact Amber at the Wood County Health Department!

(715) 421-8911



Interested in Recognizing Childcare Providers in Your Area??

Fill out this agreement and return it to wbcbreastfeedingfriendly@gmail.com 

You will then have access to a username and password for all materials to recognize a childcare provider.