North Carolina’s 10 Steps to Support Breastfeeding

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health (DPH) launched its first North Carolina Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designations in January 2015, awarding the distinction to eight child care facilities. Child care facilities earn 1 gold-starred building block designation for every two steps implemented from The Ten Steps to Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care.

The ten steps are:

  1. Make a commitment to the importance of breastfeeding, especially exclusive breastfeeding, and share this commitment with fellow staff.
  2. Train all staff in the skills to support and promote optimal infant and young child feeding.
  3. Inform women and families about the importance of breastfeeding.
  4. Provide learning and play opportunities that normalize breastfeeding for children.
  5. Ensure that all families we serve are able to properly store and label milk for child care facility use.
  6. Provide a breastfeeding-friendly environment.
  7. Support breastfeeding employees.
  8. Ensure that each infant has a feeding plan that supports best feeding practices.
  9. Contact and coordinate with local skilled breastfeeding support and actively refer.
  10. Continue updates and learning about the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding.

Participating child care centers may receive up to a 5-starred building block rating. The selected centers (who are also part of the Child and Adult Care Food Program — CACFP) and their designations are:

  • Abundant Life Children’s Center in Sanford, 5 gold-starred building block
  • Kids’ Academy, Lumberton, 2 gold-starred building block
  • University Child Care Center, Chapel Hill, 2 gold-starred building block
  • Amy’s Ark Home Day Care, Robbinsville, 1 gold-starred building block
  • Eliada Child Development, Asheville, 1 gold-starred building block
  • Emily’s Family Day Care, Robbinsville, 1 gold-starred building block
  • Onslow County Child Development Center, Jacksonville, 1 gold-starred building block

These facilities are to be commended for their efforts to promote, protect and support breastfeeding for the families they serve.

Learn more about the North Carolina Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation, including an informational webinar and online application. »

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