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How Breastfeeding Friendly is Your Early Childhood Service?

breastfeeding www.childforum.comDr Sarah Alexander
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Early childhood services can be places that support breastfeeding, and the attitude of staff and teachers and what they do makes a big difference as to whether a mother continues with breastfeeding. Often there is not time enough time to discuss questions such as whether there is a risk of babies being given the wrong bottle, whether it is okay for mums to breastfeed older children, or what to do if another parent protests about a mum breastfeeding or expressing milk at the centre.  

This article contains: 

  • some practical strategies for both families and teachers and caregivers,
  • a link to a video about breastfeeding in an early childhood centre context in NZ, and
  • an overview of research and what science has to say about the value of breastfeeding.


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