PABC members work with families, employers and child care centers to support breastfeeding mothers who are returning to work. The efforts of employers and child care workers are necessary to make it possible for mothers to meet their breastfeeding goals. Breastfeeding support strategies are fairly simple and typically are not costly, but may require some ingenuity to implement known in each specific situation.
The Texas Department of State Health Services offers “Supporting the Breastfeeding Mother” a pamphlet that provides continuing education to childcare center employees and owners on supporting breastfeeding mothers whose babies are in their care. You can download the pamphlet using the link above.
The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute’s Department of Maternal and Child Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers a nice tool for parents and caregivers to use to clarify feeding plans for infants in child care. The information you provide on this form will help you and your childcare center to develop an Infant Feeding Plan that best meets your child’s needs.
Integrating breastfeeding into child care settings promotes good health for the baby and mother, saves money, and contributes to the overall wellbeing of a community. It is not just a parent issue, a child care issue, or a health and nutrition issue, but ultimately an important public health issue that affects everyone.
The Office on Women’s Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services supports nursing moms at work by offering “Employer Solutions,” an online resource which provides businesses with cost-effective tips and solutions that support nursing moms in any industry setting.