Breastfeeding Child Care Supportive Practices

The Village Child Development Center in Newton Supports Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding BrochureEarlene Bowen of The Village Child Development Center in Newton used a Breastfeeding Supportive Childcare Practices grant to provide a breastfeeding friendly child care environment. A private breastfeeding room and refrigerated storage provided mothers with a comfortable and soothing environment to breastfeed their infant. Child care center policies were established to follow the 10-Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Centers. Grant funds allowed the center to purchase goodie bags that included breastfeeding information and posters showcasing breastfeeding were hung throughout the center.

  • Teachers and staff use stuffed animals that showed nursing mammals to help normalize the experience of breastfeeding to older children in the center. 
  • A WIC representative was recruited to train the staff on policies and how to accommodate the breastfeeding mother and baby.

The Village Child Development Center continues to provide a breastfeeding friendly child care environment by training staff on policies that promote and support breastfeeding.

San Antonio's My Little Team Texan Helps Families Understand the Importance of Breastfeeding

My Little Team Texan StaffMy Little Team Texan used a Breastfeeding Supportive Childcare Practices (BSC) grant to help families understand the importance of breastfeeding and create an environment that makes it easier for them to provide breastmilk to their children. A breastfeeding room with portable sinks and a small private area was created for mothers to breastfeed more conveniently. A small library was built that includes a variety of resources to educated mothers on breastfeeding as well as children’s books related to breastfeeding. Some of the titles included in the library: Raising Baby Green, Eating Healthy for a Healthy Baby, Breastfeeding Makes My Tummy Yummy, and Mama’s Milk. Finally, a cold storage unit was provided to hold expressed breastmilk.

Education is vital to the services My Little Team Texan provides for families. 
  • Teachers utilize small stuffed animals that show nursing puppies and kitten to help normalize the experience of breastfeeding to older children. 
  • A relationship with a local WIC office was established. The WIC office provided the center with educational materials on the importance of breastfeeding. 
  • Various policies were established that greatly promoted breastfeeding in the childcare center. These policies include:
    • Guidelines on the handling and storage of breastmilk in the facility
    • Providing mothers with materials that convey the importance of breastfeeding
    • Staff training (consultant from a local hospital was hired and Texas A&M website) on how to support mothers when breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Parent My Little Team Texan continues a supportive breastfeeding friendly environment for mothers and education for all members of the breastfeeding family.

Books for the Sibling of a Breastfed Baby:
  • My New Baby by Annie Kubler 
  • We Have a Baby by Cathryn Falwell
  • Mama, Daddy, Baby and Me by Lisa Gewing 
  • Hello Baby! by Lizzy Rockwell

Child Inc. Uses Grants for Breastfeeding Supportive Childcare Practices in Head Start Programs

Breastfeeding Support Jaime Yarrell of Child Inc. used grant funds to establish Breastfeeding Supportive Childcare Practices (BSC) in Head Start programs, to help families understand the benefits of breastfeeding and make it easier for them to provide breast milk to their little ones when returning to work. The Child Inc. Head Start program allows for home-based services for mothers and center-based services for children. Home-based services allow mothers to be educated on parenting and good nutrition. Center-based services include a child development program helping kids to grow up healthy and strong. 

In addition to creating education and outreach initiatives, grant funds made it possible to design and build a comfortable and private area for mothers to breastfeed and/or pump their milk in privacy, if desired. The area is a private room with shelves for storage, changing table, sink with potable water, and appropriate lighting. The room was decorated with pictures, soothing paint color, and a comfortable glider chair.

Changing TableEducation and Outreach
    • Education is a crucial to the services Child Inc. provides to parents, children, staff, and the community. The following list includes initiatives made possible by grant funds:
    • Staff developed, wrote and received approval for a Breastfeeding Center Policy. 
    • Staff trained to know, understand and implement the breastfeeding policy set at the center. 
    • Child care staff provided with accurate and consistent support for breastfeeding families whose babies are in their care.
    • Educational materials, such as posters, WIC educational materials and backpacks with breastfeeding information, are distributed to all family members.
    • Initiatives stress that dads, immediate and extended family members are critical to the success of the breastfed infant.

Child Inc. continues to provide a breastfeeding friendly environment, trained staff and accurate educational materials that support breastfeeding.

Grants Enhance Breastfeeding Education and Facilities at Brighton School in San Antonio


Kim Jefferies and Irma Bustos of Brighton School, Inc. in San Antonio used a $7,500 Breastfeeding Supportive Childcare Practices (BSC) grant to help families understand the importance of breastfeeding and make it easier for them to provide breast milk to their children. A new chair makes breastfeeding easier at Brighton SchoolsIn addition to creating educational and outreach initiatives, grant funds made it possible to design and build a comfortable and private area for mothers to breastfeed and/or pump their milk in privacy, if desired. The area is a private room with built in shelves that have baskets for storage. The shelving unit includes cold storage for breast milk and a portable cold storage in case of an emergency evacuation. The room was decorated with pictures, a comfortable glider chair, and music is available.


Education and Outreach

Outreach and training have become top priorities at Brighton School.  All families are provided important information on the benefits of breastfeeding for both mothers and children. The following is a list of the important initiatives made possible by the grant funds.

  • Partnerships were developed with local organizations in a position to provide breastfeeding training and resources. The partner organizations include WIC, Mom’s Place, The Lactation Center at Methodist Hospital, San Antonio Breastfeeding Coalition, La Leche League of San Antonio (uses the school as a training site), and Baptist Health System Mother’s Milk First Lactation Center
  • Staff and parents were trained on breastfeeding and benefits of breast milk by La Leche League of San Antonio.
  • Books and educational materials that help families understand the importance of breastfeeding and help normalize this natural experience were purchased. Brighton purchased stuffed animals that show nursing puppies, kittens, and piglets are a natural part of life for all mommies and babies. Appropriate posters were purchased and are now on display at Brighton.
  • Brighton sought and earned NAEYC accreditation.
  • Enrollment packets include information about Bright Beginnings.
  • Recently adopted breastfeeding policies include: Mothers are welcome to breastfeed in the center; families receive accurate information about breastfeeding; and child care center staff is trained to provide breastfeeding information and support to help mothers continue to breastfeed when they return to work or school.Educational materials enhance breastfeeding at Brighton Schools


After the grant funds have been utilized, Brighton Schools will continue to provide a welcoming area for breastfeeding mothers. Also, Brighton will maintain its partnerships and NAEYC accreditation, and continue to develop policies that guide staff and families.

Cen-Tex Family Services Supports Breastfeeding Moms and Expands Breastfeeding Education with Grants


Cen-Tex Family Services, Inc. serves 106 infants and children up to 3 years old in Bastrop and Lee Counties. Cen-Tex received Breastfeeding Supportive Child Care Practices grants in 2011 and chose three centers to use the grant funds  — Bastrop Child Development Center, Elgin Child Development Center and Giddings Child Development Center. Because Cen-Tex operates a total of 10 facilities, serving preschool children in a four-county area, the benefits of these grants are expected to reach all 461 families the organization serves.Nursing room at Cen-Tex in Bastrop.


Providing a Comfortable Space for Breastfeeding
At the Bastrop Child Development Center, the funds have been used to create a welcoming and private area where mothers can breastfeed or pump their milk. The area was designed and built specifically for nursing mothers. Cen-Tex also purchased a state-of-the-art chair that supports proper positioning for nursing. Other practical additions include a refrigerated compartment for storing breast milk.


Taking the Message to the Community

Cen-Tex is also using grant funds to expand breastfeeding education in Bastrop and Lee counties while providing more training for the staff members as well as the parents and their older children.


Outreach and training efforts include:

  • Connecting with pediatricians and OB-GYNs in order to place helpful breastfeeding information in their offices
  • Helping to distribute pamphlets and a useful backpack containing a bib and educational materials for parents and grandparents
  • Partnering with WIC and attending the WIC annual conferences on breastfeeding
  • Training staff and parents on breastfeeding support and the benefits of breast milk
  • Purchasing books and educational materials for staff, parents and older children to teach them that breastfeeding is the norm

Making it Sustainable

With any grant project, the ultimate goal is to make improvements that can be sustained long after the funds have been used. The improvements made by Cen-Tex accomplish that goal. The breastfeeding area will benefit nursing mothers for years to come. Also, the training programs, policies and outreach efforts have been established in a way that ensures their continuation.

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