Action 16. Ensure that all child care providers accommodate the needs of breastfeeding mothers and infants
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- Promote adoption of the breastfeeding standards in Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care
- Key Website Features: News Room, Advocacy HQ, and Coalitions Directory
- Learning Community: Chil Care Learning Community
- Webinar & Conference Archives: Child Care
- Publication: Workplace Accommodations to Support and Protect Breastfeeding
- Position Statement: Lactation Accommodations in the Workplace
Action Activities: ASPHN facilitates 7 states in a 2016 Pediatric Obesity Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN): An Obesity Prevention and Treatment Quality
Improvement State Collaborative that focuses on reducing obesity through childcare interventions. A number of the states are including breastfeeding in their work.
Supporting Link: http://www.asphn.org/resource_read.php?resource_id=661
Action Activities: The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI) contributed materials to and participated in editing of Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care. CGBI has also developed a program to support breastfeeding in the child care setting.
Action Activities: CDC has and Early Care and Education (ECE) work group that works through grants to states and organizations to help implement strategies supportive of breastfeeding, nutrition and physical activity.
Action Activities: The Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau has released its third edition of the Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care.
Supporting Link: http://cfoc.nrckids.org/
Action Activities: The Human Milk Banking Association of North America has released its book titled Best Practice for Expressing, Storing and Handling Human Milk in Hospitals, Homes, and Child Care Settings.
Supporting Link: https://www.hmbana.org/publications
Action Activities: ICEA provides breastfeeding information on the web site for resources for both parents and profession as well as a regularly updated facebook page and blog with current, evidence-based information
Supporting Link: http://icea.org
Action Activities: We frequently support parents who struggle against outdated policies surrounding breastmilk handling at the Child Development Centers or Family Child Care providers on military installations. We advocate for policy change and proper interpretation of policies to promote safe and supportive breastmilk handling.
Supporting Link: http://www.mom2momglobal.org
Action Activities: Develop education and award to child care facilities who become breastfeeding friendly.
Supporting Link: http://flbreastfeeding.org/child_care.htm
Action Activities: The KBC provides a two hour training for child care providers to support the breastfeeding mother and family. The training is approved for continuing education for providers by the Kansas Dept. of Health & Environment Child Care Licensing Division. Partners include KS Child Care Training Opportunities (KCCTO), Child Care Aware of Kansas and KDHE. Additional resources for providers and families are available on the website at http://ksbreastfeeding.org/cause/child-care-provider-education/ .
The KBC also collaborated with Child Care Aware of Kansas (CCAK) to create a "Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Provider" designation available to both home and center-based providers. CCAK administers the designation program and the KBC provides the training curriculum and technical assistance.
Supporting Link: http://ksbreastfeeding.com/cause/child-care-provider-education/
Action Activities: The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition maintains a list of breastfeeding support resources for child care providers and parents and promotes the Minnesota Department of Health initiative to recognize breastfeeding friendly child care providers.
Supporting Link: http://mnbreastfeedingcoalition.org/child-care/
Action Activities: NH has a Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care recognition program available to all NH licensed child care centers that meet a specific list of criteria. The award is representative of child care centers that have chosen to provide an environment that is supportive to both their staff and breastfeeding families. The award criteria and requirements are supportive of the Surgeon General's Call to Action to support breastfeeding in childcare settings.
Action Activities: The New York State Child and Adult Care Food Program (a nutrition education and meal reimbursement program for day care centers and home-based childcare centers) created online training for day care homes and centers to become Breastfeeding Friendly. They created a Breastfeeding Friendly Designation Program in 2005, and currently have 713 day care homes and 116 day centers throughout the state that are designated. (as of 10/2016)
Action Activities: WBC helps to facilitate a statewide recognition program for breastfeeding friendly child care providers that includes training, technical assistance, and assessments. The program is implemented locally through partnerships between coalitions and Child Care Resource & Referral agencies.