Food and Feeding
As a child care provider, you are one of the most important supports a breastfeeding mother has after she returns to work or school. Your daily support and encouragement make all the difference. Supporting a breastfeeding mother means respecting the effort she puts into providing her own milk for her baby, and making it as easy as possible for her to continue to do so. She may be to overwhelmed to tell you now, but she'll always look back and be thankful for the help you were able to provide.
Once you start to support your breastfeeding mothers, it's easy to make your child care center a breastfeeding friendly employer as well!
Handouts for Child Care Providers
- Breastfeeding Support in the Child Care Setting - A one-page flyer you can post explaining the simple ways a childcare provider can support breastfeeding
- Child Care Provider Sample Policy - A sample policy you can put right into your handbook, outlining the simple steps to being breastfeeding-friendly.
- Human Milk Storage Guidlines - Everything you need to know about safely storing, heating and feeding human milk.
- Caring for Breastfed Babies - Information about helping a breastfed baby adapt to the child care setting, guidelines for bottle-feeding in a way that supports breastfeeding, and ways to offer support and encouragement to breastfeeding mothers