- Carolina Ten Steps to Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care
- Replication and Scale-up of Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care
- National Collaborative for Advancing Breastfeeding in Child Care (NCABC)
- Findings from the Infant Feeding Practices Study
Breastfeeding provides the healthiest start in life for infants, but children who are routinely cared for by someone other than their parents are less likely to be breastfed. When child care centers provide support and encouragement for breastfeeding families, it may make it easier for mothers to continue breastfeeding, thus continuing to provide the optimal nurturing and nutrition for babies. Although child care standards and best practices emphasize the importance of breastfeeding support, many child care centers and providers find it challenging to provide such support.