Breastfeeding Friendly Schools – Education, Worksite Support, Mother Support
In a systematic review of school-based interventions aimed at modifying knowledge, attitudes, social norms and intentions to breastfeed, researchers concluded that “Overall, these studies demonstrated positive effects on perceptions and attitudes toward breastfeeding and increased behavioral intention of breastfeeding later in life. School-based breastfeeding promotion programs hold promise for increasing knowledge of breastfeeding and support for breastfeeding, promoting positive attitudes, creating a culture where breastfeeding is the norm, and increasing future intentions to breastfeed.”
Free breastfeeding curricula for grades K-12
- New York State’s “Breastfeeding: First Step to Good Health” curriculum for grades K-12
- Marion County, Indiana’s “Life’s Best Beginnings” curriculum for high school students
- Ontario Public Health Association’s “Breastfeeding Information and Activity Kit for Secondary School Teachers”
HB 786 passed in 2015 and effective Sept. 1, 2015 requires all public employers in Texas, including school districts, public colleges, local governments and state agencies, to provide basic accommodations to employees who pump breastmilk at work. Private businesses are not covered by HB 786, but they are covered by federal law requiring all employers to provide breastfeeding accommodations to employees who are paid hourly. Companies with less than 50 employees can apply for an exemption.
Samples of School Lactation Policies
- California School Board Association Sample Policy – Lactation Accommodation
- University of Northern Colorado – Breastfeeding and Lactation Support Policy
- Davis School District Policy and Procedures – Break Time for Nursing Mothers
- Breastfeeding Best Practices in Higher Education by Michele Vancour and Michele Griswold
There are reports of moms being asked to stop breastfeeding, go to a restroom to breastfeed, or go to a private room to breastfeed when they are visiting a school for a conference, program, or to pick up their school-age child. Some schools have developed breastfeeding friendly school policies.
Sample of mother support policy
- Stepney Primary School – Breastfeeding Friendly School Policy
Do the schools or colleges in your area have breastfeeding friendly policies? If not, suggest they develop a policy to educate children about breastfeeding and to support breastfeeding staff and breastfeeding mothers visiting the school. Let’s make Texas schools breastfeeding friendly, y’all!