What is the Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Program?? Click here for more information.
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