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Policies that Support Breastfeeding in Child Care Facilities

August 23, 2017

Helping children get off to a good, healthy start in life is one of the hallmarks of quality child care. It makes sense that quality child care programs would have policies in place that support good infant feeding practices, including breastfeeding.

There are many reasons that child care should support breastfeeding families:

The child care system has the opportunity to support these practices through policies at different levels. Advocates and stakeholders may be interested in developing policies that support breastfeeding and may want to know what options might work for their program, locality, or state.

ChangeLab Solutions and Child Care Aware® of America have developed a reference chart that describes the various types of policies used to support breastfeeding and examples of existing breastfeeding policies. In a perfect world, breastfeeding supportive policies would be woven into all of the policy areas. Policy analysts, advocates, and child care administrators can use the chart to identify areas where they already have policies that support breastfeeding or to identify policy areas where breastfeeding support policies are need.

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Topics: Policy & Advocacy, Health & Safety

Krista Scott

Written by Krista Scott

Krista Scott is an experienced child health expert working at the forefront of policy, advocacy and equity as the current Senior Director for Child Care Health Policy at CCAoA. For over 15 years, Ms. Scott has worked in public health and education, primarily in non-profit and government agencies, where she has honed her expertise in early childhood health, mental health, special education, program development and support and in using policies to strengthen practice. Ms. Scott has her bachelor’s degree in political science and her Master of Social Work with a focus on management and policy.