Why Child Care?
Child care providers play a critical role in supporting breastfeeding families – especially in the contexts of employment, incarceration, child custody, and other separation of mothers and children. Supporting breastfeeding not only helps to market child care centers to families but also promotes communities as breastfeeding-friendly places. Breastfeeding support benefits providers, families, and the communities in which they reside.
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USDA and Michigan Department of Education make it easy to support breastfeeding in the childcare setting.
In support of the breastfeeding success in the child care setting, we advocate for the following:
- All centers should adopt a clear written policy supporting breastfeeding for both families and staff.
- All centers should provide a clean, designated area (other than a bathroom) for staff, families, and visitors to breastfeed and/or express milk.
- All centers should encourage breastfeeding mothers to breastfeed or express milk on site for their children. Likewise, staff should be granted appropriate break time to express milk and/or breastfeed their children.
- Staff and families should receive accurate printed materials and information about breastfeeding, including a list of community resources.
- Staff should receive training on breastfeeding, including the health benefits, importance of exclusive breastfeeding, and supportive practices, including safe storage and handling of breast milk.
- Under federal law, it should be illegal for a child care provider to discriminate against a breastfeeding family and accommodations for breastfeeding should be protected by the law.
To view the full policy position, download the position paper here.
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Interested in joining the movement?
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