Mother’s milk is the most natural nourishment for babies. Breastfed babies experience lasting health benefits including reduced risk of infectious diseases, diabetes, childhood cancers, obesity and asthma. Women who breast feed their children are at a lower risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Cited barriers to breastfeeding include embarrassment and perceived lack of a supportive environment. It takes active involvement of many public and private partners to change individual behaviors and community systems in support of breastfeeding. By working together, child care centers and day care homes can create supportive breastfeeding environments that ultimately reduce the health and economic burden of obesity and chronic diseases. A clear message that the child care setting sees breastfeeding as the normal and accepted way to feed babies and provides a comfortable and welcoming surrounding is an important message for all families, children, staff and visitors who use the facility.
Infant Care Plans should encourage nursing mothers to come and breastfeed and/or express milk comfortably and at their convenience. The resources in this page can be used to plan and implement a breastfeeding friendly child care program. Educate that the only food baby needs for the first six months of life is breast milk!
Partners & Hotlines
Partnerships are crucial to a successful breastfeeding child care environment. Partner organizations may include:
- Baby-Friendly facilities in Texas
- Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
- Mom’s Place
- Lactation Centers/Coalition
- La Leche League
- Mothers’ Milk Bank of Austin
- National Association of the Education of the Young Child (NAEYC) may offer accreditation for implementing a Breastfeeding Friendly child care.
- Texas Lactation Support Hotline (855) 550-6667