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McLeod Child Development Center designated as breastfeeding friendly

on Tuesday, 17 March 2020. Posted in Good life, News, Local News

McLeod Child Development Center  designated as breastfeeding friendly
Photo by Sidney Glass Valerie Smith, a teacher at the McLeod Child Development Center, reads a book to the children about ‘My New Baby,’ to normalize breastfeeding and what to expect with a new baby at home.

The McLeod Child Development Center has again earned the South Carolina Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care (BFCC) designation. Originally designated as a BFCC in 2016, McLeod was one of the first two programs in the state to achieve this designation.

The South Carolina Program for Infant/Toddler Care established the BFCC designation to recognize child care programs that promote, protect and support breastfeeding.

“We are pleased to again achieve the breastfeeding friendly child care program designation,” said Kimrey Ann Haughn, director of the McLeod Child Development Center and the driving force behind the effort. “We are committed to the promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding for the child development center’s breastfeeding moms. Our staff work diligently each year to enhance their breastfeeding education and improve their knowledge on ways to incorporate the importance into their everyday work with the child development center’s children.”

The Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care initiative was established to give mothers the support they need at a most critical time during their breastfeeding experience; that time when the baby is placed into child care. Many mothers find this transition to be difficult and discontinue breastfeeding their baby. South Carolina is making important strides to improve breastfeeding rates, especially during the prenatal and postpartum care in the clinical and hospital setting.

The BFCC designation requirements include child care programs establish a policy on the importance of breastfeeding, train teaching staff how to support and promote optimal infant and young child feeding, inform women and families about the importance of breastfeeding, provide learning and play opportunities that normalize breastfeeding for children, ensure all families served are able to properly store and label milk for child care program use, provide a breastfeeding friendly environment, support breastfeeding employees, ensure each infant has a feeding plan that supports best feeding practices, contact and coordinate with local skilled breastfeeding support, and continue updates and learning about the protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding.

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