At Sycamore Tree Child Care Center, breastfeeding is welcome.
More and more mothers today choose to give their infants the healthiest start to life possible by breastfeeding. Thanks for abundant research, all major health organizations promote breastfeeding as the perfect for of infant nutrition, and call on local communities to provide the support new mothers need to be successful. The breastfeeding rates in Wisconsin are increasing, and new mothers are seeking out childcare options that support their efforts.
At Sycamore Tree we’ve established an environment for mothers to breastfeed their babies.
- A supportive breastfeeding policy and all our staff members are aware and support this policy.
- Training for staff in proper handling and storage of human milk
- A positive message about breastfeeding
- A place for mothers to breastfeed or pump their milk for infants in privacy.
- A refrigerator for mothers to store their pumped milk.
- An environment where mothers who choose breastfeeding feel supported in their decision to breastfeed.
Taking Care of Breastfed Babies
Many mothers want to continue breastfeeding after they return to work or school. They feel good knowing their milk helps keep their babies healthy, and they savor the special closeness they feel with their babies, especially when they must be away all day.
When babies are healthy, everyone benefits. At Sycamore Tree Child Care, we want to assist breastfeeding mothers in making the transition back to work or school as easy as possible.
Here’s an example of how we’ll make this transition easy for mothers.
- We’ll provide a comfortable place for mother’s to breastfeed.
- We will encourage mothers to come and breastfeed comfortably at their convenience.
- We will work with family members to develop the baby’s individual breastfeeding support plan. Identify who is to do what and when. Those plans can be updated regularly.
- We will always follow appropriate procedures for handling human milk — Mother’s work hard to express milk, and special care is taken so it is not wasted.
Helping breastfeed babies adjust to the childcare setting
Being separated from “Mommy” can be difficult and there’s an adjustment period for any child or infant. Holding and cuddling is important for baby’s development and can be the secret to a peaceful and enriching childcare experience. Giving baby a blanket that has been in contact with the mother’s skin may also comfort the baby.
What is breast milk like?
Breast milk has many healthy ingredients not found in infant formula, such as protective antibodies to fight disease. It even has specific antibodies to germs and viruses the baby’s family has been exposed to. Human milk is priceless and cannot be bought in any store. It should be handled with care so it will not be wasted.
Breast milk looks different from formula or whole milk. It is thinner and sometimes has a slightly bluish tint. The fatty part of the milk separates and rises to the top. To blend together, gently rotate the bottle or container back and forth. Because of the unique composition of human milk, breastfed babies usually have soft and/or runny stools. This is normal.
Handling human milk
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control, breastmilk should be given the same care and respect as storing and handling other foods and nutritional supplements. The milk can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer along with other foods.
- Breastmilk should be stored in small containers labeled with the baby’s name and the date the milk was collected, and if previously frozen, the date the milk was thawed.
- Thaw breast milk in the refrigerator or under running water. Warm breast milk under warm running water or in a pan of warm water (not hot) water. Never microwave breast milk. Microwaving destroys antibodies in human milk and can create hot spots that could scald the baby’s mouth.
Feeding the breastfed baby
- Breast milk is digested more easily than formula, so breastfed babies usually get hungry every 1/5 to 3 hours.
- Start by feeding the baby a small amount of breast milk and add more as needed.
- Hold baby closely, facing the caregiver. Some breastfed babies need more time to get used to an artificial nipple. Look for hunger cues (mouth movements, rooting, sucking on hands) and offer a feeding then.
- Feed the baby slowly.
- Orthodontic nipples may work better for breastfed babies. The holes in the nipple should be pointed toward the roof of the baby’s mouth and the nipple should be placed all the way into the baby’s mouth so that baby’s lips are folded away from the nipple. Never force-feed any-baby.
Ways to offer loving support
Breastfeeding is natural, but not always easy. Working moms have competing demands that can affect their milk supply. Our support here at Sycamore Tree to understand these demands will help to make your baby’s transition smooth.
- We will ask mothers what to feed her baby. Many mothers want their babies to be fed only breast milk; others may chose to provide a combination of both breast milk and formula.
- We are ready with referrals of consultants should mothers need additional resources and helpful people in the community who can help with breastfeeding.
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