Breastfeeding-Friendly Childcare

For Providers:

Sample Breastfeeding-Friendly Childcare Policy

Sample Infant Feeding Plan

Sample Breastfeeding-Friendly Assessment Tool

Become designated as a YMCA “Wellness Champion”!

Visit the YMCA Childcare Resource Service website to learn more

Building Blocks to Breastfeeding-Friendly

Breastfeeding-Friendly Flyer for Providers

For Parents:

Tips for Choosing Breastfeeding-Friendly Childcare

“Many mothers have to be away from their babies because of work or school. This can make
it harder to continue breastfeeding. Choosing a child care provider who is supportive of
breastfeeding is an important part of making it easier to be away from your baby.”

Breastfeeding-Friendly San Diego Flyer for Parents

Take this checklist with you, and ask the childcare center:

  1. Do they support your desire to continue feeding your baby your milk?
  2. Is there a place where you can comfortably sit and nurse your baby?
  3. Does the staff feed babies when they are hungry, rather than on a strict schedule?
  4. Are they willing to hold off feeding right before you pick up your baby?
  5. Does the center have a refrigerator for storing milk?
  6. Are you welcome to visit and breastfeed your baby at any time?

Source: North Carolina Breastfeeding-Friendly Childcare program:

Visit the YMCA Child Care Resource Services website for a list of current YMCA Child Care Wellness Champions: or call: 1-800-481-2151 or 619-521-3070

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YMCA Wellness Champions must have a breastfeeding policy that includes:

  • Coordinate child care feeding schedules with the mother’s schedule
  • Accept expressed breast milk and use within 48 hours of being expressed
  • Store breast milk in the refrigerator in a bottle labeled with the baby’s name and date the milk was expressed
  • Provide mothers who want to breastfeed a clean, private location in the facility
  • Never deny children entry into the facility because they are breastfeeding

The SDCBC will begin to award a “Breastfeeding Champion Family Child Care Provider” soon…

NOMINATE a Family Child CareProvider that meets or exceeds the YMCA Wellness Champion criteria for Breastfeeding

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