CGBI: Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care

The Carolina Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care (BFCC) Initiative promotes widespread implementation of breastfeeding support in child care settings. Breastfeeding provides the healthiest start in life for infants, but children who are routinely cared for by someone other than their parents are less likely to be breastfed. When child care centers provide support and encouragement for breastfeeding families, it may make it easier for mothers to continue breastfeeding, thus continuing to provide the optimal nurturing and nutrition for babies. Although child care standards and best practices emphasize the importance of breastfeeding support, many child care centers and providers find it challenging to provide such support.