Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Award

Are you interested in working towards a Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare designation? The Local Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation is a pilot project that includes Orange County. Childcare programs can start completing the form now, or you can contact us with questions or for technical assistance – Email: orangenc@breastfeedingcommunities.org or Text: 919-624-0230.

Breastfeed Orange NC aligns with the NC Child Care licensing regulations, and we encourage you to continue your work. Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities of Durham and Orange County have set up digital folders to help you with your work to become a  Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care provider. Please pay particular attention to the “Google Docs” inside of each subfolder. 

The NC Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Designation program through the NCDHHS currently is on hiatus.  We will be sure to alert childcare providers when the designation has been reinstated.

Please contact us with any feedback or questions. We look forward to celebrating your work as a Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare.

Where to start: 

Briefly review:

Community 

Environment:  

  • Print the items in this folder, hanging them up in your breastfeeding-friendly space(s).  
    • Note: Promotional  materials displayed cannot promote or advertise formula (be created by a formula company).
  • Update your action plan steps 6 & 10.  

Professional Development

  • Gather all your breastfeeding friendly professional development documentation (e.g., trainings, workshops) into one location.
  • Online Training Options:The recommended online option is CGBI’s Breastfeeding University.
    • Completion of the free four online modules will total two hours of cumulative training. 
    • This might be a great time to have your staff do some online training. 
  • Update your action plan steps 2 & 10. 

Curriculum:  

  • Work on interactive and developmentally appropriate learning opportunities that normalize breastfeeding for children in your program.  
    • In the digital folder, there is a list of activities and materials that normalize breastfeeding (i.e., games, storytelling, books, toys).
  • Update your action plan step 4. 

 Policy  

  • Review your breastfeeding policy, or write one.
  • Review your Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Policy, or write one. 
  • Review/write your Infant feeding plan or use these from NC DHHS Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE).
  • Review the Milk Storage Guidelines. 
  • Update your action plan steps 1,  3, 5, 6, 7, & 8  

You are almost done!   

We thank you for your interest in supporting breastfeeding families in our community! We are happy to assist in any way you may find helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact us (orangenc@breastfeedingcommunities.org).

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