ccainfantfeedingsml ChildcareAlive! Infant Feeding Resources

Best Practice: Provide breast milk to infants of mothers who wish to breastfeed. Welcome mothers to nurse throughout the day and support parents’ decision with infant feeding.
The best source of nutrition for infants until 6 months of age is breast milk. Research shows that breast milk improves infants’ immune systems and decreases the risk for obesity as they grow. You, as a child care provider, can help mothers continue to provide breast milk as long as possible by making your program breast-feeding friendly.

Helpful Websites and Resources
Let’s Move! Child Care Resource Center for Infant Feeding
Benefits of breastfeeding promotion, handling and storage recommendations, and a variety of other resources.
10 Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Centers
Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Scroll to Appendices to find list of appropriate books, links for posters, brochures, dvds, and toys.
Feeding the Breastfed Infant
Publication from USDA Team Nutrition program specifically for child care centers, highlighting best feeding practices, how to support breastfeeding mothers, and proper handling/storage.
Breastmilk Storage Guidelines
Guidelines for the safe handling and storage of human milk from the CDC.
Breastfeeding Welcome Here Poster
8.5”x11” poster you can post in your child care program
Sample Policies - Breastfeeding
From Loving Support and the Vermont Department of Health