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.
Every program is guided by the Head Start Program Performance Standards, but your program’s written policies document your plan and procedures for how those Standards are implemented in your community. While developing a policy around breastfeeding should not be the first step in developing a welcoming environment for breastfeeding, you may find it to be an important step to clarify your approach. The policy below is reprinted from the Columbia University Head Start and Early Head Start program. It is offered as an example, and should be adapted to the needs and resources of your community. Sample Policy and Procedures Related to Breastfeeding Promotion and Support