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 programs provide support and encouragement for breastfeeding, it may make it easier for families 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 programs find it challenging to provide such support.
In 2021, Buncombe Partnership for Children, Breastfeed Durham, Orange County Smart Start, Wake County Smart Start, Child Care Services Association, and CGBI are partnering to offer monthly professional development opportunities on Building Blocks of Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care. These 1-hr learning bursts provide NC DCDEE Contact Hour credit.
The National Collaborative for Advancing Breastfeeding in Child Care- NCABC