Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare

Information and resources on how to find childcare that supports breastfeeding mothers.

When child care programs become strong partners and advocates in encouraging and supporting mothers to continue to breastfeed, the benefits to families are great. Child care programs also benefit from the improved health status of the children in their care. Knowing that you support and encourage breastfeeding mothers and babies could lead to families choosing your program over others—and could make a key difference in a mother’s decision to breastfeed her baby.

More and more women are choosing to breastfeed their baby and that is great news. A federal law passed in 2010, Break Time for Nursing Mothers, makes it easier for women to return to work and continue breastfeeding their baby. But as more nursing women return to work, more babies will need supportive child care.

When child care programs become strong partners and advocates in encouraging and supporting mothers to continue to breastfeed, the benefits to families are great. Child care programs also benefit from the improved health status of the children in their care. Knowing that you support and encourage breastfeeding mothers and babies could lead to families choosing your program over others—and could make a key difference in a mother’s decision to breastfeed her baby.

More information can be found on the New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force website.

Award Eligibility

All NH licensed child care programs are eligible to apply for the Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Award. See the NH Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Award Application and Checklist for details.

Online Training

Free online breastfeeding training for child care providers. This training will provide you with the education and tools that will assist you in establishing best practice policies and procedures in your child care center to fully support breastfeeding mothers and their infants.

This online training provides 1.5 professional development hours.

First time users log in here to begin the course:

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Returning users log in here to complete the course:
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Detailed instructions on registering and/or returning to finish the online course

 

How to Apply or Ask Questions

Questions and completed applications can be emailed, faxed or mailed to:

Attention: Kristina Thompson, IBCLC
NH Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health Services
29 Hazen Drive Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-4545
Fax: (603) 271-4779

Kristina.Thompson@dhhs.nh.gov