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The Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care designation is designed to support childcare providers in offering critical support for breastfeeding mothers, who often return to work during their baby’s first year of life with limited or no support.
Breastfeeding Welcome Here
Breastfeeding mothers need the community's support. The First Food, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Breastfeeding Coalition, recognizes businesses that support breastfeeding families through the “Breastfeeding Welcomed Here” campaign. This campaign aims for businesses to:
Demonstrate their support for breastfeeding
Make a commitment through a pledge
Display the Breastfeeding Welcomed Here window decal visibly.
This decal will help moms identify public locations where they can breastfeed comfortably and encourage the perception that breastfeeding is normal, accepted, and welcomed. By taking the “Breastfeeding Welcomed Here” pledge your business agrees to provide an environment where breastfeeding mothers are able to sit anywhere and enjoy a welcoming attitude from staff, management, and other patrons while breastfeeding.
Library Story Kits
Libraries play an important role in the community and provide a supportive and welcoming environment for families to learn and grow. The Breastfeeding Library Story Kits were designed as a resource for libraries to incorporate breastfeeding materials into their physical environment as a way to normalize breastfeeding and as a resource for growing families. The story kits are available for checkout by parents of young children, teachers, and care providers to enhance story or reading time. The kits include books, resources, as well as activities designed for use with young children.
A hospital-based quality improvement initiative that aims to improve the protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding for all Pennsylvania infants, mothers, and families.
83 of the 88 Pennsylvania birthing facilities participate in this initiative through the completion of the nationallyrecognized, evidence-based “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.” Hospitals can apply for the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding one step at a time.
The BEST Plus program aims to provide guidance on how to create a breastfeeding-friendly medical home for mothers and their families. It expands on EPIC BEST to include all office staff who might come in contact with breastfeeding mothers and their families. Practices receive guidance towards becoming a Community-Based Breastfeeding Friendly Practice.
Practices that participate in BEST Plus receive ongoing support for PAAAP staff and their Breastfeeding Medical Advisors and Lactation Consultants. BEST Plus also offers additional education opportunities.
The EPIC (Educating Practices/ Physicians in their Communities) – BEST (Breastfeeding Education, Support, and Training) program is a statewide education program for healthcare providers that encourages office-based change to promote breastfeeding best practices and policies.
EPIC – BEST presentations can be scheduled on site at practices, at grand rounds, monthly meetings, staff meetings, and is available online.