“In 2009, half of all mothers with children under the age of one year were employed, and thus supportive child care is essential for breastfeeding mothers. Before the child is born, parents can visit child care facilities to determine whether the staff and facility can provide the type of child care that helps a mother to provide breast milk to her baby even if she is separated from the baby because of work. By telling these important people she wants to breastfeed and by discussing ways they can be supportive, an expectant mother is taking a proactive role in ensuring that she and her baby have an environment that gives breastfeeding the best possible start.” The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding
“Ten Steps to Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Centers
- Designate an individual or group who is responsible for development and implementation of the 10 steps.
- Establish a supportive breastfeeding policy and require that all staff be aware of and follow the policy.
- Establish a supportive worksite policy for staff members who are breastfeeding.
- Train all staff so that they are able to carry out breastfeeding promotion and support activities.
- Create a culturally appropriate breastfeeding friendly environment.
- Inform expectant and new families and visitors about your center’s breastfeeding friendly policies.
- Stimulate participatory learning experiences with the children related to breastfeeding.
- Provide a comfortable place for mothers to breastfeed or pump their milk in privacy, if desired Educate families and staff that a mother may breastfeed her child wherever they have a legal right to be.
- Establish and maintain connections with local breastfeeding coalition or community breastfeeding resources.
- Maintain an updated resource of community breastfeeding services and resources in an accessible area for families.”
Excerpted from: Ten Steps to Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Centers Resource Kit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p0/p00022.pdf
Is your Child Care Center breastfeeding friendly? If not, encourage them to follow the Ten Steps to Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Centers. Let’s make Texas breastfeeding friendly, y’all!