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