Building Blocks to Breastfeeding-Friendly Childcare

What is BFSD?

This short video walks will guide you through the process to becoming a recognized Breastfeeding-Friendly San Diego childcare partner !

Building Block 1: Create a Breastfeeding-Friendly Environment

  • Breastfeeding families are encouraged to breastfeed onsite
  • Families and employees are provided a non-restroom space to breastfeed or pump


Setting Up a Breastfeeding Space in Childcare (English/Spanish) PDF

Lactation Room Options PDF

AIA Lactation Room Design PDF

Building Block 2: Provide Employee Training to Support Breastfeeding

  • Train all employees on breastfeeding-friendly practices
  • Trainings include: benefits of breastfeeding, handling and storing breast milk, paced bottle feeding, creating a breastfeeding-friendly environment, policy/ procedure development, and parent engagement and support

Building Block 3: Implement Proper Storage, Handling, and Feeding of Breast Milk

  • Provide refrigerator and freezer space for storage of breast milk
  • Instruct breastfeeding families on how to properly label and store breast milk
  • Provide an individual feeding plan for all infants under 18 months


Infant Feeding Plan (Eng/Span) PDF

Guidelines for Storing Breastmilk Refrigerator Magnet (Eng/Span) PDF

Child and Adult Food Program Infant Meal Pattern (Eng/Span) PDF

California Infant Feeding Guide (Spanish) PDF

California Infant Feeding Guide (English) PDF

Building Block 4: Adopt Written Policies Supporting Breastfeeding Families and Employees

  • Adopt a written policy and communicate it to both breastfeeding families and employees
  • Provide appropriate break time for employees to pump or breastfeed


Breastfeeding-Friendly Childcare Policy (Eng/Span) PDF

Sample Lactation Accommodation Policy for Employers PDF

Building Block 5: Offer Breastfeeding Resources to Families and Employees

  • Provide breastfeeding resources for families
  • Provide breastfeeding resources for employees

Six Key Laws for Parents (Eng/Span) PDF

Infant Feeding Cues (Eng/Span) PDF

WIC- Let Your Baby Set the Pace for Bottle Feeding PDF

Breastfeeding and Returning to Work or School (WIC-Spanish) PDF

Breastfeeding and Returning to Work or School (WIC-English) PDF

Ready to become a recognized Breastfeeding-Friendly San Diego childcare partner?

Visit the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition to complete your nomination!


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