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.

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.

Guidance for child care professionals

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

Pumping and feeding

Paced bottle feeding

Starting solid foods

Education and promotion

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.

Helpful links

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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