Daily Separations and Reunions

Daily separations and reunions are part of the fabric of relationships. In center-based programs, they provide opportunities to develop a young child's skill at making positive transitions. 

Talking to Your Employer About Breastfeeding

Consider several possible ways to discuss with your employer your intention to breastfeed after returning to work. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers receive guidance on how to inform their employers about the benefits of breastfeeding and to discuss accommodations for expressing milk.

Encouragement: Give a Breastfeeding Mom Your Loving 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.

Breastfeeding for a Head Start

Breastfeeding gives children a true head start! The American Academy of Pediatrics calls breastfeeding "a baby's first immunization." But that's not all. Breastfeeding offers babies exactly what they need for a healthy, sound developmental start. In addition, it is good for mothers, and it supports relationships between mothers and newborns.

Support Your Daughter

This brochure highlights the special role that grandparents play in supporting breastfeeding mothers and families. Expectant grandparents will learn about helpful ways to support their daughter's decision to breastfeed. Grandmothers are encouraged to share their positive experiences of breastfeeding with their daughters.

Involving the Whole Family

The decision to breastfeed is a family decision. Fathers, grandparents, and extended family often provide crucial support to young children and breastfeeding mothers. Different families involve different family members in a baby's care. Talk with families about who will provide support after the baby is born. Remember that all members of the family need information and an opportunity to share their experiences and feelings about breastfeeding.

The Comprehensive Benefits of Breastfeeding

There are many benefits to breastfeeding. Even if you are able to do it for only a short time, your baby's immune system can benefit from breast milk. This information explains the added benefits of breastfeeding for yourself, your baby, and how it influences society.

Embarrassment: Don't Shy Away from Breastfeeding

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.

Breastfeeding: Best For Baby. Best For Mom

All new moms want to provide the best care for their newborn. Breastfeeding is not the only way to feed the baby, but if the mother is successful, the experience is rewarding. These facts explain the benefits of breastfeeding for both the mother and baby. Health managers may use this information to educate expecting mothers about breastfeeding.