Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Award

Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care aligns with what is written in Child Care licensing regulations. We encourage all childcare programs to become designating Breastfeeding Friendly. There are several options available for child care providers. We would love to assist a few child care programs in Durham in starting the process.  Building Blocks of Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Learning Bursts webinars continue until October, and recordings of the webinars will be available.

Email Breastfeed Durham durham@breastfeedingcommunities.org or text me <919-622-8787> if you’d like to be connected to your local breastfeeding advocate or TA. Breastfeed 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. 

Where to start: 

Community 

  • 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. 

Environment:  

  • 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.  

Professional Development

  • 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 or Building Blocks of Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare.
    • 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. 

Curriculum:  

  • 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. 

 Policy  

  • 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: durham@breastfeedingcommunities.org

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