Breastfeeding Support

Supporting breastfeeding mothers can help them breastfeed as long as possible. Knowing how to store and serve breast milk is important for safety of the milk. Below you will find resources that will help you reach best practices for supporting breastfeeding mothers.


Best Practices

The resources in this category are the same for all of the following best practices.


  • “Display in several areas all of the following types of culturally appropriate breastfeeding support materials: pictures, posters, brochures, other print/media resources. Do not include those from commercial entities, such as infant formula manufacturers.”
  • “Ensure that feeding plans filled out by parents/guardians and/or healthcare providers are posted, regularly updated, and daily reports are made to parents.”
  • “Include explicit support for breastfeeding in the feeding plan completed by the parents/caregivers. Plan includes age-appropriate introduction of solid food, feeding in response to baby’s cues, and invitations to the mother to nurse her baby onsite.”
  • “Provide a designated area for mothers to breastfeed their infants, other than a bathroom, that is always available, has appropriate seating, is shielded from view and free from intrusion, and has an electrical outlet.”
  • “Provide learning and play materials which normalize breastfeeding in all areas where children spend most of their time, including books that contain pictures of breastfeeding and baby dolls that are nursing.”


Breastfeeding Essentials Webpage

Summary: This site has many resources for breastfeeding including tips for mothers, child care professionals, and communities.    
Source:  Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment  

The Nemours Foundation Website

Summary:  Click on the Support Breastfeeding Circle to get information about how to support breast feeding in a day care setting as well as tips for setting up a breastfeeding area.
Source:  The Nemours Foundation

Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) Manuals

Summary:  This manual provides the best practice recommendations for each question on the self-assessment. The manuals also include the rationale behind each recommendation, challenges to implementing recommendations, and tips for changing current practice.
Source:  Michigan Healthy Child Care


Ten Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Centers Resource Kit

Summary: A resource kit to promote breastfeeding in child care centers.
Source:  Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services


Toolkit for Child Care Providers

Summary: Tools for promoting breastfeeding for child care providers are included such as external toolkits and training materials for child care providers.     
Source:  Michigan Breastfeeding Network   

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