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:
- A clear written policy supporting breastfeeding for both families and staff.
- A clean, designated area (other than a bathroom) for staff, families, and visitors to breastfeed and/or express milk.
- Breastfeeding mothers are encouraged to breastfeed or express milk on site for their children. Likewise, staff are given appropriate breaks to express milk and/or breastfeed their children.
- Staff and families receive accurate printed materials and information about breastfeeding, including a list of community resources.
- Staff 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.
To learn more about best practices, view the Systems Changer’s Guide here.
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