Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Centers

The Virginia Department of Health strives to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding throughout the Commonwealth by providing women with education and the opportunity to make informed choices. Through supportive community partnerships, each mother’s breastfeeding goals can be realized. Childcare centers are one such partnership. By working together, we have the ability to normalize breastfeeding, provide for generations of healthier citizens, and reduce the economic burden of chronic and acute illnesses. Won’t you join us in supporting breastfeeding in childcare centers?

10 Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Centers Resource Kit- Published 2008
This resource kit provides resources for child care centers including self-appraisal questionnaire, action plans, and education resources.

Breastfeeding Friendly Early Care Standards Toolkit- Published 2020
This new toolkit provides guidance and resources on the five breastfeeding friendly standards. Early care sites who meet these standards are encouraged to apply to Virginia's Breastfeeding Friendly Early Care Recognition Program.