Child Care Providers
Child care centers play an important role in supporting and promoting breastfeeding. Simple steps can be taken to give all families (and center staff) the support they need.
Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care Centers Project/Toolkit
In collaboration with Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, local breastfeeding coalitions, and Volunteers of America/Partnerships in Child Care, the LBC has developed a Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Initiative to encourage and improve support for breastfeeding in Louisiana child care centers. This toolkit is designed for Child Care Health Consultants (or Lactation Consultants) to educate child care providers on best practices for supporting breastfeeding and handling breast milk.
(*Note: Louisiana DHH-approved Child Care Health Consultants should use the program’s certificates, evaluation forms, and sign-in sheets.)
To download the entire toolkit, including the Presenter/Trainer Materials and Participant Handouts, click here.
This webinar is for Child Care Health Consultants and lactation consultants to learn how to use the toolkit and materials to educate child care providers on best practices for supporting breastfeeding and handling breast milk. To view the “Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care Centers” webinar recording, click here.
This project and toolkit have been adapted from the “Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Initiative” of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute /UNC Gillings School of Public Health and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Ten Steps to Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Centers Resource Kit. Additionally, this project has been supported so far by grants from the Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital Foundation, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Healthy People 2020 initiative.
Louisiana Child Care Health Consultant Program
For more information about Louisiana’s Child Care Health Consultant Program or becoming a Child Care Health Consultant, click here.
Key Breastfeeding Resources for Child Care Centers
Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute- Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Project
Let’s Move! Child Care Checklist: Recommendations for Preschoolers, Infants and Toddlers- Includes Recommendations for Infant Feeding at Child Care on page 18.
National Standards for Infant Feeding- Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs - contains practical intervention strategies to prevent excessive weight gain in young children. The standards detail opportunities for providers to work with families beginning on day one of an infant’s enrollment.
Resources for Child Care Providers- Excellent listing of resources and model programs from the USDA
Ten Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Centers: Resource Kit- Wisconsin Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Program
United States Breastfeeding Committee Publication: Breastfeeding and Child Care (2002)
WIC Nutrition How to Support a Breastfeeding Mother: A Guide for the Child Care Center- Texas Department of State Health Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- What to do if an Infant or Child is Mistakenly Fed Another Woman’s Breast Milk (Human Milk Errors)
Human Milk Banking Association of North America- 2011 Best Practice for Expressing, Storing and Handling Human Milk in Hospitals, Homes and Child Care Settings, 3rd Ed. 2011
National Child Care Resources
Child Care Aware of America’s ‘In the States’ map - is the one-stop resource for state-by-state child care information. The map features each state’s 2012 Fact Sheet, including state demographics, the price of child care, child care supply and demand, and other data related to child care. View Louisiana’s fact sheet and other data here.
The Healthy Child Care America Campaign – The national AAP section’s website provides a wealth of information for parents, early education professionals, and child care health consultants.
The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education – Includes a downloadable version of the Caring for Our Children Manual and provides a link to states’ licensing regulations.
Protecting Children in Child Care During Emergencies - This resource from the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) and Save the Children makes specific recommendations and establishes guidelines for incorporating disaster preparedness into state child care regulations.
Local and Statewide Child Care Resources
Louisiana Breastfeeding Laws Relevant to Child Care Centers
La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 46. 1409 B 5 prohibits any child care facility from discriminating against breastfed babies. (HB 233) The law leaves enforcement to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.
La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 51. 2247.1 (2001) states that a mother may breastfeed her baby in any place of public accommodation, resort, or amusement, and clarifies that breastfeeding is not a violation of law, including obscenity laws. (2001 HB 377) The law leaves enforcement to the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights.
To learn about other Louisiana laws related to breastfeeding, visit our Louisiana Laws page.