Imagine a world where moms can nurse their children in a clean, quiet space without worrying about finding a place to sit comfortably, or away from ogling or disparaging looks.
Imagine a world where lactating moms can work in places of business that encourage and support expressing milk while in a clean, quiet space, and not in a restroom, free from pressure or feeling their boss wants them to hurry up and get back to work.
Imagine child care programs having the tools and supplies always on hand to support nursing moms and their babies.
Child Care Resources of Rockland, Inc., is working toward these very goals. In February, 2017 we were designated a subcontractor to the Rockland County Department of Health’s Creating Breastfeeding Friendly Communities. The objective of the project, funded by a 5-year, $948,640 grant from New York State, is, “…to establish a breastfeeding friendly care continuum from pregnancy through infancy to increase breastfeeding initiation, exclusivity, and duration…to ensure that women and families receive ongoing high-quality breastfeeding education and support.”
Part of this grant enabled CCRR to create a breastfeeding friendly space in our office for both our employees and the general public. It has also enabled us to focus on guiding and supporting breastfeeding mothers in child care settings. Priscilla Blanco, CCRR’s Program Standards and Support Services Coordinator, is working with ten providers to guide them through the process of becoming “Breastfeeding Friendly” designated sites – the first eight below are almost complete and latter two are in the early stages:
Rosa Garcia, Group Family Child Care
Charmaine Emundson, Charm’s Daycare, Group Family Child Care
Noelia O’Leary, Nelly’s Nest, Family Child Care
Stephanie Acevedo, My Tiny World LLC, Group Family Child Care
Chana Twersky, Kids in Action NY, Group Family Child Care
Clara Ungar, Group Family Child Care
Andrea Bogin, Campus Fun & Learn Child Development Center, Inc., Child Care Center
Maria Ceci, Rockland Worksite Daycare, Child Care Center
Jamie Naddeo, Bright Beginnings of Rockland, Inc. (New City) – Group Family Child Care
Gabrielle Regueiro, Bright Beginnings of Rockland, Inc. (Pomona) – Group Family Child Care
Sites are eligible to receive a FREE two (2) hour training and the necessary items to create a cozy breastfeeding space in their program. Child care programs also may use the designation as a marketing tool - the child care center/home-based child care program will be listed on the NYS DOH website as Breastfeeding Friendly, and the national NACCRRAware Provider profile. In addition, meals containing breastmilk are reimbursed by the federal Children and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
With the positive word-of-mouth and supportive environment, designated Breastfeeding Friendly child care programs provide an encouraging atmosphere for mothers and staff members, alike.
Contact us if you want to work with us to become a breastfeeding friendly child care site so you can say, “Breastfed Babies Are Welcome Here!”