Early Care and Education
Early Care and Education (ECE) programs play an important role in supporting breastfeeding mothers and their infants by welcoming breastfeeding mothers and making sure staff members are trained to handle breast milk and follow mothers’ feeding plans. Increasing access to ECE programs that support breastfeeding families will help women start and continue breastfeeding. ECE providers and teachers influence the lives and health of the families they serve and can be an important source of support for working mothers who want to breastfeed. All ECE programs, including those in personal homes, can lower a breastfeeding mother’s anxiety by allowing her to feed her infant on-site, having a posted breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated, making sure procedures for storing and handling breast milk and feeding breastfed infants are in place, and making sure staff members are well-trained in these procedures.