Currently, the Head Start Program Performance Standards require breastfeeding education for expectant families and accommodations for breastfeeding children. Breastfeeding provides a true head start for the children that Head Start programs serve. Research shows that breastfeeding has important long-term impacts on the health and development of children and the health and well-being of mothers. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and many other health organizations recommend that babies breastfeed exclusively for the first six months.
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.
PDF poster featuring the international symbol for Breastfeeding Welcome Here.
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.
The I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL) tool is filled with quick and easy ideas for integrating movement, nutrition, and healthy habits into everyday life. It is available in two formats: one for staff that visit families in the home and parents, and one for classroom teachers and other caregivers.
To create a positive breastfeeding experience, fathers are encouraged to learn about breastfeeding and assume responsibility for household chores to help breastfeeding mothers. Staff, pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and families may use this information on how fathers can support breastfeeding mothers and participate in activities to promote parent-child bonding.
As you know, personal experiences and issues impact your work with children and families. It is important to identify your ow n feelings and thoughts about breastfeeding so that you can educate and support families in making the choices that are best for them. Consider the questions on this sheet on your own.
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.
Returning to work or school while continuing to breastfeed can be challenging for new mothers. Breastfeeding mothers and families may receive useful information and strategies from this brochure to help them continue breastfeeding around their busy schedules.
Mother's Milk: Welcoming and Supporting Breastfeeding in Your Program: Applying the Information and Resources
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