Tools For Child Care Providers
Because most employer mothers return to work in their babies' first year of life, providers of child care have a critical role to play in supporting employed mothers who breastfeed. The documents and links found on this page provide information and training materials to assist child care providers in accommodating the needs of breastfeeding mothers and their infants.
Breastfeeding mothers who want to continue breastfeeding while their infants are in child care face many challenges. A caregiver who is knowledgeable about proper handling, storage and feeding of breast milk and supportive of breastfeeding can help give mothers and children a significant health advantage.
- 10 Steps to Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Centers (Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services)
- How to Become a Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace in a Child Care Setting (Barbara Robertson/Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor)
- How to Support Breastfeeding Mothers & Families (Indiana Perinatal Network)
Assessment & Action Plans, from Michigan Healthy Child Care
Michigan Healthy Child Care features the online Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC), best practice feedback reports, interactive action planning tools and other resources to support Michigan child care providers as they improve nutrition and physical activity environments.
Child Care Assessment & Action Plan: Child care providers who use this tool, which is based on NAP SACC and the Let's Move Child Care Checklist, get a snapshot of their nutrition and physical activity environments - including breastfeeding support. They can then identify the best course of action to reach their goals. Preview the assessment elements and action plan.
Handling and Storing Breast Milk
- Proper Handling and Storage of Human Milk (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Safely Pumping and Storing Breastmilk (Handout)
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