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World Breastfeeding Week

Take action to support breastfeeding at home, at work and in childcare

August is Minnesota Breastfeeding Month, and August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week

What you can do to support breastfeeding

At home

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Tell her how proud you are of her.

Tell her this when the baby is 1 day old, 4 weeks old, 3 months old, 6 months old, 1 year old, 2 years old, and so on. Breastfeeding doesn't stop being the best thing for baby at a specific age.

Help her get knowledgeable support.

If she is struggling with breastfeeding, unless you have training in lactation, help guide her to someone that does have that training:

Offer to help with everything BUT feeding.

  • Change diapers
  • Burp the baby
  • Do laundry
  • Cook meals
  • Run errands

Source: phdinparenting.com

At work

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Find a solution to give nursing mothers time and space to express milk at work.

  • Explore a variety of permanent, flexible, and even mobile space options to provide privacy.
  • Manage schedules in creative ways so that women can have the time they need to express milk.
  • Supporting nursing mothers at work has been found to bring businesses a positive return on investment.

Have a Breastfeeding Policy.

  • Give all employees access to consistent support.
  • Define the roles and responsibilities for both supervisors and employees.

Apply for Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace recognition.

Source: http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/employer-solutions/index.html

In childcare

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Support mothers in their decision to continue breastfeeding.

  • Talk about why breastfeeding is so good for babies.
  • Tell parents you are happy to care for breastfed babies.
  • Be willing to feed babies their mom’s expressed breast milk.
  • Provide a quiet place for mothers to nurse their babies.
  • Learn about proper breast milk storage and serving methods.

Listen with compassion and honor mothers’ breastfeeding goals.

  • Develop a plan with baby’s parents to feed on demand, including breastfeeding by mom whenever possible.

Include fathers and other supportive relatives or partners in decisions related to the baby’s care.

  • Encourage others to feel good about the role they play in supporting baby’s breastfeeding.

Source: http://www.healthychildcare.org/pdf/BFarticle.pdf

We can help!

WIC, Family Health and Health Promotion have services that support breastfeeding. For more information about these services, contact Public Health at 952-563-8900.