Breastfeeding-friendly child care professionals

Child care professionals with breastfeeding knowledge and supportive practices can increase the length of time babies are breastfed, leading to better health for moms and babies.
Breastfeeding in Child Care Toolkit
Toolkit resources
Toolkit training for partners


Toolkit training for child care providers

  • Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care - interactive online breastfeeding training module available for:
    • Child care professionals - PDIS (Professional Development Information System) - Colorado Shines training site for early childhood professionals. Search “breastfeeding” in the Course Catalog.
    • CO.TRAIN - Colorado’s Learning Management System. Search “breastfeeding” or course ID 1079357.
Find a breastfeeding friendly child care professional.
Breastfeeding information for child care professionals
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
    • Breastfeeding - national guidelines and recommendations, handling and storage, policies, FAQs and more.
    • Healthy Childcare – information on infant feeding and diapering.
  • Office on Women’s Health (OWH) - general breastfeeding information, pumping tips and employer information, including the Business Case for Breastfeeding toolkit.  Call the OWH Helpline at 1-800-994-9662 or visit.
  • Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine - helpful information and protocols on breast milk benefits, storage, and more.
National standards on quality health and safety practices and policies for child care professionals:
Handouts for families
Communicating with families
Baby behavior
Pumping breast milk, breast massage, hand expression
Starting solid foods
Breastfeeding posters
Breastfeeding toys and books
  • Toys and activities.
    • Nursing Nana (dog and puppies), Nursing Nuna (pig and piglets), Nursing Nina (cat and kittens) – Manhattan Toy.
    • Videos and Breastfeeding coloring books – Noodle Soup, Inc. and others.
  • Books.
    • My New Baby – by Rachel Fuller.
    • If My Mom Were a Platypus: Mammal Babies and Their Mothers – by Dia L. Michels.
    • Mama’s Milk – by Michael Elsohn Ross. (Available in Spanish.)
    • Supermom and The World is Full of Babies! – by Mick Manning.
    • What Baby Needs and Baby on the Way – by William Sears MD and Martha Sears RN.
    • We Like to Nurse – by Chia Martin.
    • Best Milk – by Kate Carothers.
Breastfeeding in the workplace
Policies, information, lactation space ideas, etc. for employers.
Additional breastfeeding training options
Additional resources