"This World Breastfeeding Week, WABA calls for concerted global action to support women to combine breastfeeding and work. Whether a woman is working in the formal, non-formal or home setting, it is necessary that she is empowered in claiming her and her baby’s right to breastfeed." ~World Breastfeeding Week
Breastfeeding is hard and exhausting. Breastfeeding is beautiful and intimate. Breastfeeding is nutrients, fats and antibodies. Breastfeeding is essential.
Breastfeeding is all of these things and working mom's all over the world strive to balance pumping, meetings, nursing, storing, cleaning, pumping, nursing, commuting and the list goes on.
I think, sometimes, as child care providers it is hard to imagine what purpose a breastfeeding space has for a nursing/pumping working mom. It's not like mom is going to run to the providers care to nurse throughout the workday BUT having a place to plan on nursing during drop off and pick up can make an enormous impact mom's scheduling for pumpings and feedings, especially for those moms who's infants eat in closer intervals.
A private place, for mom to nurse, so she doesn't feel like she is intruding on your care environment and nursing is a welcome thing to do when she arrives in the child care provider's environment could make the difference between her lasting 6 months pumping/breastfeeding and the recommended full year!
If mom can bank on this time, that is 2 less pumpings each day, and 2 more feedings a day that the infant gets to nurse directly from the breast. If you add it up that is possibly 520 nursing meals that the infant receives directly from mom. That is precious and wanted time and nutrients for the baby.
This is a gift the child care provider is giving both of them.
Resources for child care providers support breastfeeding moms in child care environments.
- Infant Feeding Practices which includes many Breastfeeding in Child Care Resources from Team Nutrition, CACFP Healthy Meals Resource System
- Ten Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Centers from state of Wisconsin
- Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers and Infants in Child Care from Extension
- Breastfeeding Promotion Guidelines from the New York State Department of Health
- Supporting Breastfeeding in Your Program from NAEYC
- Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers and Children from State of Texas Licensing
Pictures of Nursing Areas
These are examples of nursing areas in different places. We want to see the perfect ones for child care environments. Share Yours with Us! Email me: email@example.com