Creating a Supportive Breastfeeding Area

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The Tempe Christian Preschool in Tempe, Arizona is actively engaged in improving policies and practices to support breastfeeding. The preschool is one of 75 early childcare and education (ECE) facilities participating in the national Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC), a CDC funded effort known as the Empower PLUS+ Program in Arizona. A standard of this program is to provide breastfeeding support for mothers and employees in ECE settings. To do this, Tempe Christian Preschool has created an action plan that promotes safe handling of breast milk for parents and staff and provides a comfortable room for mothers to pump milk or breastfeed. The preschool took the room a step further and created a breastfeeding area complete with a couch, pillows, shelves and a privacy screen. Pastor Tina Wilson, administrator of the preschool, remarked that the room has, “enabled many new moms the opportunity to breastfeed in a safe and comfortable environment.”

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