Breastfeeding Support Policy

Having policies related to breastfeeding support will ensure that all parties have same understanding of the procedures. It is important that all employees understand and follow the same policies. Having written policies are also helpful when explaining to parents how your center operates. Below you will find resources that will help you set breastfeeding policies in your home or center.

Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Patters Revision: Best Practices

Summary: The USDA has developed new CACFP meal patterns for healthy eating patterns for children and adults in care. Optional best practices were also developed that build on the meal patterns and highlight areas where additional steps can be taken to further improve the nutritional quality of the meals that are served.

Source:  United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Access:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cacfp/CACFP_bestpractices.pdf

Feeding Infants:  A Guide for Use in Child Nutrition Programs

Summary:  The guide presents information on infant development, nutrition for infants, breastfeeding and formula feeding, preventing tooth decay, feeding solid foods, drinking from a cup, choking prevention, sanitary food preparation and safe food handling, commercially prepared and home-prepared baby food. 

Source:  United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Access:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/feeding-infants-guide-use-child-nutrition-programs

 

Infant Meal Pattern for Child and Adult Care Food Program

Summary:  Outlines the food pattern for infants for caregivers of children from birth to aged 11 months. 

Source:  United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Access:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cacfp/CACFP_infantmealpattern.pdf

 

Michigan Breastfeeding Network Toolkit for Child Care Providers

Summary:  This toolkit provides information and training materials to assist child care providers in accommodating the needs of breastfeeding mothers and their infants.

Source:  Michigan Breastfeeding Network

Access:  http://mibreastfeeding.org/toolkits-childcare

 

 

Model Child Care Health Policies

Summary: Section 4 focuses on nutrition and section 5 focuses on screen time and physical activity.

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics

Access: www.ecels-healthychildcarepa.org/publications/manuals-pamphlets-policies/item/download/332_de718b5d0a40682caf26b57e9307bc91

 

New Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Patterns: Infant Meals

Summary:  The USDA recently updated the CACFP food patterns for adults and children so they have access to healthy foods.  The changes to the infant plan include the support of breastfeeding and fruits and vegetable consumption.

Source:  United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Access:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cacfp/CACFP_infantmealstandards.pdf

 

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

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

Access:  http://mihealthtools.org/childcare/resources.asp

 

Proper Handling and Storage of Human Milk

Summary:  This webpage includes safe preparation and storage techniques for nursing mothers and caretakers of breastfed infants and children. This will help mothers maintain the high quality of expressed breast milk and the health of the baby.

Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Access:  http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/recommendations/handling_breastmilk.htm

 

Ten Steps to a Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Center Resource Kit

Summary:  This resource kit for centers to provide a friendly breastfeeding child care center.  It includes resources, worksheets and step by step instructions.

Source:  Department of Human Services of Wisconsin

Access:  https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p0/p00022.pdf