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Create a Comfortable Space for Mother and Child

Child care centers and Breastfeeding room examplehomes across Texas have taken the time and care to design private accommodations where nursing mothers can comfortably breastfeed their babies and/or express milk. These supportive environments provide a convenient space in which breastfeeding is normal and respected. The Toddler’s Den in Fort Worth (shown in photo) provides a beautiful example of a private room with soothing lavender colors and comfortable furniture. Spaces can range from an area sectioned off with a privacy curtain to a designated private room. Accommodations can range from a rocking chair and side table to nursing equipment and refrigerated storage for expressed milk. Sites are encouraged to assess the needs of their nursing mothers, as well as identify available resources, in order to determine what supportive services they can provide.


Common Differences between Breastmilk and Formula
When storing expressed milk Bottle feeding with baby boyand providing it to infants, remember these basic differences between breastmilk and formula. Human milk does not look like formula; it may be a different color and/or consistency. It is normal to be bluish, greenish, or even brownish in color. Frozen milk or milk expressed during the early days of nursing (which still contains colostrum) may look yellowish. Human milk is not homogenized and will naturally separate into layers of milk and cream. This does not mean the milk is spoiled. Just heat and swirl it gently to mix. Babies digest and use human milk completely, so less breast milk than formula may be needed at a feeding. Always remember that a mother’s expressed breastmilk (EBM) should only be used for her baby.

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Mother’s milk is the most natural nourishment for babies. Breastfed babies experience lasting health benefits including reduced risk of infectious diseases, diabetes, childhood cancers, obesity and asthma. Women who breast feed their children are at a lower risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

Cited barriers to breastfeeding include embarrassment and perceived lack of a supportive environment. It takes active involvement of many public and private partners to change individual behaviors and community systems in support of breastfeeding. By working together, child care centers and day care homes can create supportive breastfeeding environments that ultimately reduce the health and economic burden of obesity and chronic diseases. A clear message that the child care setting sees breastfeeding as the normal and accepted way to feed babies and provides a comfortable and welcoming surrounding is an important message for all families, children, staff and visitors who use the facility.
Infant Care Plans should encourage nursing mothers to come and breastfeed and/or express milk comfortably and at their convenience. The resources in this page can be used to plan and implement a breastfeeding friendly child care program. Educate that the only food baby needs for the first six months of life is breast milk!

Partners & Hotlines
Partnerships are crucial to a successful breastfeeding child care environment. Partner organizations may include:
  • Baby-Friendly facilities in Texas
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
  • Mom’s Place
  • Lactation Centers/Coalition
  • La Leche League
  • Mothers’ Milk Bank of Austin
  • National Association of the Education of the Young Child (NAEYC) may offer accreditation for implementing a Breastfeeding Friendly child care.
  • Texas Lactation Support Hotline (855) 550-6667


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The Breastfeeding Supportive Child Care Practices grants increased support for breastfeeding mothers through enhanced child care practices and policies that created a culturally appropriate and breastfeeding friendly environment.

Name

City

Early Beginnings Learning Center

Early, TX

Children’s Connections

Lubbock, TX

AAA Nutrition Services

Dallas, TX

Child, Inc.

Austin, TX

Loving Angels Child Development Center

McAllen, TX

Bibs and Cribs Preschool and Nursery

Houston, TX

Little Pals Playskool

Texarkana, TX

Noah’s Ark Day Care

Del Rio, TX

El Paso Armed Services

El Paso, TX

A Precious 1 Child Care

Midland, TX

A Creative Learning Center

New Braunfels, TX

My Little Team Texas

San Antonio, TX

Kritters @ Kidz Zone Playcare

Lorena, TX

The Village Child Development Center

Newton, TX

The Toddler’s Den

Fort Worth, TX

Brighton School, Inc.

San Antonio, TX

El Paso Human Services, Inc.

El Paso, TX

Cen-Tex Family Services, Inc.

Bastrop, TX



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link to breastfeeding support

Breastfeeding Supportive Child Care Practices

  • Read about successful, breastfeeding friendly CACFP child care facilities in Texas
  • View pictures of accommodations for nursing Moms
Link to breastfeeding report card
Breastfeeding Report Card (CDC)
  • Information on breastfeeding practices and support in all states
  • Can be used to monitor progress, celebrate success and identify potential partnerships
Link to WQisconcome

Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Centers (Wisconsin)

  • A manageable, ten-step process to initiate a breastfeeding friendly child care environment
  • Establish your center as a comfortable and welcoming setting for nursing Moms

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