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WIC Nutrition 10-Steps for a Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Center


Adapted from the Chilean National Board of Nursery Schools'
10 Steps for a Breastfeeding Friendly Nursery

Post in a prominent place in your childcare center or give as a handout to workers.

  1. Integrate the topic of breastfeeding in the annual work plan of the nursery or day-care center at every level.

  2. Train all center staff so that they are able to carry out breastfeeding promotion and support activities.

  3. Inform all families of the children enrolled about the benefits of breastfeeding.

  4. Emphasize educational activities with pregnant women, nursing mothers and the family members of children who may be interested in the topic.

  5. Stimulate participatory learning experiences with the children, related to breastfeeding.

  6. Support the continuation of breastfeeding in the Nursery or Child Care Center.

  7. Promote the maintenance of exclusive breastfeeding until the baby is about six months old.

  8. Avoid the use of pacifiers.

  9. Promote the formation of Breastfeeding Support Groups within the educational community (parents, teachers, administrators, caregivers, etc.)

  10. Coordinate with health centers and other community organizations on joint activities related to breastfeeding/infant nutrition.

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Last updated May 12, 2010