The La Leche League is an international, nonprofit organization that supports and promotes breastfeeding through mother-to-mother support and education. The website offers families and staff a directory of local La Leche group meetings and leaders, a hotline number for breastfeeding questions, and a variety of written resources.
Breastfeeding in public is one of the most common concerns breastfeeding women share. Pregnant and breastfeeding women receive helpful suggestions on ways to help ease their concerns about breastfeeding in public. Women are encouraged to share their feelings and concerns with family, friends, and other women with breastfeeding experience.
How do you create a program that welcomes and supports breastfeeding?
This sample policy and procedures that promote breastfeeding offers an example to other programs looking to create their own procedures. Program administrators may consider this information as they develop their own breastfeeding–welcoming policies.
International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) will help your program include lactation services to breastfeeding mothers. Find an IBCLC professional in your area.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement provides pediatricians and other health care professionals with guidelines and recommendations on the benefits of breastfeeding for infants, mothers, and the community. This is useful for program staff working with expecting and new mothers.
While breastfeeding provides the most complete nutrition for infants, it is not advised in certain situations. Staff, expecting, and breastfeeding mothers may find this information useful and are encouraged to ask health care providers about breastfeeding in special circumstances.
Head Start staff have a unique opportunity to engage pregnant women and families in discussions around breastfeeding in a culturally responsive and respectful manner. Health and nutrition coordinators, program administrators, and staff receive several open-ended questions to begin conversations with breastfeeding families. Staff members are encouraged to connect women and families with community resources to provide breastfeeding support.
To support breastfeeding mothers and infants, family and friends can provide emotional support and offer to help with household tasks. Staff and families receive useful information on how to work together to support and encourage breastfeeding mothers.