Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care

2 Clock Hours / 0.2 CEUs / $18.00

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Course Description

Created for all child care providers who work with parents of infants, this course describes the importance of breastfeeding, ways to support breastfeeding mothers, and how to store and handle breast milk. Learn how to create a comfortable environment for breastfeeding mothers, share your support policy with families and staff, and understand laws regarding breastfeeding.

See the learning outcomes and topics below for more information on what is covered in this course.

This course is also offered in Spanish

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Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care
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Course formats

This course is offered in both our coursebook (with required online component/testing) and our fully online format. The online format of this course includes audio narration in most course sections. Click here to learn more about Care Courses' training formats.

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Acceptance information

This course is accepted for child care professional development training requirements in most states and for the CDA credential and for CDA renewal training requirements.

  • Maryland: This course is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education for the breastfeeding support requirement.
  • In Oklahoma: This course is approved for the Infant/Toddler Certificate of Achievement.

Learning outcomes

After completing Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care, you will be able to list and explain the benefits of breastfeeding for both the child and the mother; explain ways to support the needs of breastfed infants and safe handling and storage procedures for breast milk; describe and apply the four goals that breastfeeding support policies should address to create a welcoming environment for breastfeeding families; and identify and summarize strategies that can be used to create and implement a breastfeeding-friendly program.

Topics covered

  • benefits of breastfeeding
  • advantages of human milk over other foods
  • benefits of breastfeeding for children with special needs
  • hints for bottle-feeding the breastfed baby
  • supporting families who are breastfeeding and families who are not breastfeeding
  • safe handling guidelines for breast milk
  • safe storage guidelines for breast milk
  • individualized plans for infants who are breastfeeding
  • components of a breastfeeding-friendly program
  • select state regulations regarding breastfeeding
  • includes self-appraisal questionnaire for evaluating your program's breastfeeding policies

Want to learn more about how to safely handle breast milk in a childcare facility? Read our blog How to Store and Handle Breast Milk


Must be able to fluently read and write English.

Instructional methodology

Read written material, view videos, listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods

Multiple choice quiz and written assignments.

What our students are saying about Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care

"I absolutely loved this Supporting Breastfeeding course! I enjoyed the videos and audio. It helped to reinforce important points that I'd read or was reading." - Gwynn Oak, Maryland

"Care Courses are forever my go-to courses to take for continuing education. I thoroughly enjoyed the format [Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care and Early Childhood Stress], your customer support is magnificent, and it felt as though someone was within arms reach while taking the courses and tests. You have created a wonderful program! Thank you for being here for all of us!" - Ferndale, Washington

"Everything went great! I ordered a lot of your courses [Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care, Toilet Learning, Block Play, Music and Movement, Understanding and Managing Allergies] for my childcare teachers and we all enjoyed the courses we took. I loved the new set up of the website, so much easier to navigate and the course content was very informative and helpful. We have been using your courses for many years and will continue to do so in the future. Keep adding new content!! Thank you again!." - Baltimore, Maryland

"I really enjoyed the course [Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care] and the design as well with how you formatted the information. The course was very user friendly as far as navigation." - Baltimore, Maryland

"I was absolutely thrilled with the course [Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care]! Thank you! Loved the outline of everything!" - Greensboro, Maryland

"Honestly, I thoroughly enjoyed and was impressed by this training [Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care]. As a breastfeeding Mom there were even things in this course I wasn't aware of. - New Windsor, Maryland

“I loved the online parts [of Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care] with the videos. They really helped solidify what I read in the text book. Also, having the "Notebook Assignment" was very cool. I loved how that really helped me think about how I was going to apply this new information. It helped me broaden my perspective so now, when I give tours, I am able to talk about these things more openly and understand how important it is to families.” - Gwynn Oak, Maryland

Completion deadline

This training expires 12 months from the date of purchase. Courses must be successfully completed by their expiration date in order for the student to receive a certificate.

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