In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, as of Friday March 13th, the NC Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Designation program through the NCDHHS is currently on hiatus. We will be sure to alert folks once the designation has been reinstated.
Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care aligns with what is written in Child Care licensing regulations, so we encourage you to continue your work digitally. Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities of Durham has set up digital folders to help you with your work to become a Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Provider. Please pay particular attention to the “Google Docs” inside of each subfolder.
Please contact us with any feedback or questions.
Where to start:
- Briefly review the Self Assessment (up date with improvement)
- Briefly review the Sample Action Plan
- Briefly review the Action Plan (fill this out as you read through the sections below and return to it at the end)
- Review, print, and familiarize yourself with everything in the folder, which includes:
- a list of the Durham Community breastfeeding resources, and
- information and culturally-appropriate educational materials.
- Update your action plan steps 3, 6, & 9.
- Print the items in this folder, hanging them up in your breastfeeding-friendly space(s).
- Note: Promotional materials displayed cannot promote or advertise formula (be created by a formula company).
- Example Breastfeeding Posters
- Update your action plan steps 6 & 10.
- Take a few minutes to gather all the documentation of your center’s breastfeeding friendly professional development in one location.
- Online Training Options:The recommended online option is CGBI’s Breastfeeding University.
- Completion of the free four online modules will total two hours of cumulative training.
- This might be a great time to have your staff do some online training.
- Update your action plan steps 2 & 10.
- Work on interactive and developmentally appropriate learning opportunities that normalize breastfeeding for children in your program.
- In the digital folder there is a list of activities and materials that normalize breastfeeding (i.e., games, storytelling, books, toys).
- Update your action plan step 4.
- Review your breastfeeding policy, or write one.
- Review your Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Policy, or write one..
- Review or write your Infant feeding plan.
- Review the Milk Storage Guidelines.
- Update your action plan steps 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, & 8
You are almost done!
We thank you for your interest in supporting breastfeeding families in Durham. We are happy to assist in any way you may find helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities–Durham Implementation Team
For help or support email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- More Information: The NC Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Designation home page includes general and relevant information.
- To apply, click on the link above and open the Revised Application.
- Handout: There also is an informational one-pager created by the NC BFCC team that might be helpful.
Coronavirus Information for Child Care
- NC Coronavirus Information for Child Care
- CDC Guidance links for Child Care Programs
- Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs
- Supplemental Guidance For Child Care Programs That Remain Open
- Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility
- Children and COVID-19
- Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Fact Sheets for Administrators, Teachers, and Parents
- CDC COVID-19 Stress and Coping Resources
- ZERO TO THREE
- Considerations for Developmental Needs of Infants and Toddlers in Child Care Programs During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- “Design policies to continue to promote breastfeeding: While restricting the number of people entering child care facilities is important for reducing the risk of virus transmission, policies making exceptions for breastfeeding parents should be put in place and clearly communicated to families.”