Breastfeeding Information for Childcare Providers

Most children attend some form of childcare before they are in kindergarten. Children often spend upwards of eight hours a day in the childcare setting. Therefore, childcare providers are extremely important in supporting breastfeeding.

What you should do

Tell moms about the benefits of breastfeeding

Breast milk:

  • Contains nutrients that reduce infections and food allergies.
  • Protects against asthma and diabetes.
  • Enhances brain development.
  • May protect against obesity


  • Helps mothers recover from pregnancy and get back into shape more quickly.
  • Protects against some type of cancer.
  • Saves time and money.

Support breastfeeding mothers in the childcare setting

  • Offer moms a comfortable place to pump breast milk or breast feed her baby when she visits.
  • Feed a baby infant formula only if her mom requests it.
  • Encourage moms to provide a back-up supply of frozen or refrigerated pumped breast milk in case the baby needs to eat more often than usual.
  • Share information about other places in the community that can answer her questions and concerns about breastfeeding.