Breastfeeding-friendly child care professionals

Child care professionals with breastfeeding knowledge and supportive practices can increase the length of time babies are breastfed, leading to better health for moms and babies.

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Toolkit training

For partners

 

For child care providers
  • Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care - interactive online breastfeeding training module available for:

    • Child care professionals - PDIS (Professional Development Information System) - Colorado Shines training site for early childhood professionals. Search “breastfeeding” in the Course Catalog.

    • CO.TRAIN - Colorado’s Learning Management System. Search “breastfeeding” or course ID 1079357.

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Guidance for child care professionals

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Breastfeeding information for child care professionals

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    • Breastfeeding - national guidelines and recommendations, handling and storage, policies, FAQs and more.

    • Healthy Childcare – information on infant feeding and diapering.

  • Office on Women’s Health (OWH) - general breastfeeding information, pumping tips and employer information, including the Business Case for Breastfeeding toolkit. Call the OWH Helpline at 1-800-994-9662 or visit.

  • Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine - helpful information and protocols on breast milk benefits, storage, and more.

National standards on quality health and safety practices and policies for child care professionals:

Handouts for families

 

Communicating with families

 

Baby behavior

Additional breastfeeding training options

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Pumping and feeding

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Paced bottle feeding

Starting solid foods

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Education and promotion

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Breastfeeding posters

Breastfeeding toys and books

  • Toys and activities.

    • Nursing Nana (dog and puppies), Nursing Nuna (pig and piglets), Nursing Nina (cat and kittens) – Manhattan Toy.

    • Videos and Breastfeeding coloring books – Noodle Soup, Inc. and others.

  • Books.

    • My New Baby – by Rachel Fuller.

    • If My Mom Were a Platypus: Mammal Babies and Their Mothers – by Dia L. Michels.

    • Mama’s Milk – by Michael Elsohn Ross. (Available in Spanish.)

    • Supermom and The World is Full of Babies! – by Mick Manning.

    • What Baby Needs and Baby on the Way – by William Sears MD and Martha Sears RN.

    • We Like to Nurse – by Chia Martin.

    • Best Milk – by Kate Carothers.

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Helpful links

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Colorado breastfeeding friendly recognition programs

Find a breastfeeding friendly child care professional.

 

Breastfeeding in the workplace

Policies, information, lactation space ideas, etc. for employers.

 

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