How to Participate
The Portage County Breastfeeding Coalition is offering the opportunity for childcare providers to participate in trainings on become Breastfeeding Friendly. Foundations for healthy eating start at birth. Breastfeeding can provide long lasting health benefits for babies and their mothers and greatly impacts a child care program and the community. Breastfeeding provides protection from infections and lowers the baby’s risk of SIDS and obesity. Often times, breastfed babies spit-up less, are sick less often, and have less issues with constipation and diarrhea– happy, healthier babies! The program entails an initial training on breastfeeding basics with all staff in the center, followed by a pre-assessment of the Center’s current status with the 10 steps, guidance on creating an action plan to meet all 10 steps, a post-assessment, and, after all 10 steps are met, awarding the Center as Breastfeeding Friendly. The Center is then listed with Childcare Resource and Referral as “breastfeeding friendly.” Childcare centers have an opportunity to support breastfeeding mothers and make the separation of mom and baby a smoother transition. Being a supportive center will allow mom to focus on spending time with baby when at home, as opposed to worrying about leaving baby or deciding whether or not to continue breastfeeding. With more women in the workforce now, many are choosing to work and breastfeed. Being a breastfeeding friendly childcare center will be more marketable to the majority of women returning to work and breastfeeding after having a baby.
How can my center participate?
If your childcare center is seeking Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Center certification, contact Lora Harris RN, IBCLC at Ministry St. Michael’s Hospital at 715.346.5332 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a pre-assessment prior to watching the online modules.
Breastfeeding Friendly Certified Childcare Providers in Portage County:
- Happy Hearts Day Care
- Jennifer Osowski
- Katie Feltz
10 Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Center Toolkit:
Online Module Training
10 Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Online Modules
All Center Staff should complete the online modules