Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation Program
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Interested in your child care center or family child care home becoming designated as a Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Program?
- Free Marketing. Designated child care centers and family child care homes are promoted on the North Carolina Division of Public Health website and their designation status is listed as a “Special Feature” on the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education facility profile. Awarded child care programs will also receive a certificate to display.
- Meet Families’ Needs. More than 80% of mothers in North Carolina start breastfeeding, which means that families are looking for child care program who support breastfeeding.
- Reduced Absences. Children who are breastfed are sick less, which means more consistent attendance at your child care program and fewer missed work days for parents.
Cost Savings. For child care programs participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), when a mother breastfeeds her child on-site or a child is fed expressed breast milk at a child care center or family child care home, that equals one reimbursable meal that can be claimed.
- Breastmilk is Milk: Children can continue to receive breastmilk after age 1. NC Child Care Rules allow continued provision of breast milk as part of a complete meal. Learn more here.
- Employee Retention. When breastfeeding is supported by both the employer and the child care provider, parents are more likely to return to work and remain in the workforce. This means continued enrollment for child care programs.
- Health Benefits for Moms, Children, and the Community. Mothers who breastfeed are less likely to have breast and ovarian cancer, type II diabetes, and postpartum depression. Breastfed children are less likely to be obese, have type II diabetes, asthma, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding here.
|Application Received||Review Period||Award Notification|
|April 1st to September 30th||October 1st to November 30th||By December 31st|
|October 1st to March 31st||April 1st to May 31st||By June 30th|
- Want to review the application and prepare your responses? A printable copy of the online application is available here.
- Written Policy
- Community Connections
- Professional Development
When a mother breastfeeds her child on-site or a child is fed expressed breast milk at a child care center or family child care home participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), that feeding equals one reimbursable meal that can be claimed. View the meal patterns page to learn more.
CACFP protects, promotes, and supports breastfeeding families!
Last Modified: 08-15-2021