Breastfeeding resources are important to have on hand for parents, as well as to educate your staff. Here are tips on handling expressed milk as well as resources for parents.
How to Handle and Store Expressed Milk:
- Follow food safety guidelines.
- Expressed milk, infant formula and baby food should never be heated in a microwave.
- Freshly expressed milk can sit safely at room temperature for up to eight hours, but should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer as soon as possible.
- Label all containers (child’s name, date).
- Organize containers. Group by child, with the newest milk in back.
Fathers Can Support Breastfeeding (PDF): This USDA pamphlet educates fathers on how they can be supportive of breastfeeding and how they can bond with baby as well.
Florida Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Facility Education: The Florida Department of Health implemented a CACFP Breastfeeding Friendly initiative that recognizes childcare centers and family childcare homes with standards and policies supporting breastfeeding. The Department, in partnership with the Florida Breastfeeding Coalition, developed a live webinar and online training module (available in English and Spanish) to assist all child care facilities with creating and maintaining an environment that promotes and normalizes breastfeeding.
A Guide to Pumping Milk (PDF): This guide from La Leche League describes different types of pumps, and how to make pumping as comfortable, effective and stress-free as possible.
Kansas Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Provider Education: The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition developed trainings for childcare providers that weave together information about breastfeeding and state licensing regulations that pertain to breast milk.
Taking Steps to Healthy Success — Breastfeeding Support: Better Kid Care, through PennState Extension, provides a list of tools and information about breastfeeding support. Resources include off-the-shelf toolkits and guides, videos and trainings, printable and family resources, and self-assessment tools.