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Breastfeeding

For most women and most babies, breastfeeding is ideal and provides many benefits.

Benefits for Babies

Research suggests that babies who are breastfed exclusively (without supplementary formula) have many health advantages, including:

  • Ideal nutrition (vitamins, protein, and fat)
  • Easier digestion than formula
  • Antibodies that help to protect against viruses and bacteria
  • Reduced risk of developing allergies and asthma
  • Fewer ear infections

Benefits for Mothers

Mothers who breastfeed also enjoy benefits because breastfeeding:

  • Burns calories, helping moms to return to pre-pregnancy weight
  • Releases oxytocin (a hormone that encourages the uterus to shrink and can reduce bleeding after delivery)
  • Decreases a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and osteoporosis later in life
  • Saves time and money since it eliminates the need to purchase and prepare formula

Tips to Successful Breastfeeding

Be a Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Provider

Child care providers can make a big difference in helping a new mother breastfeed successfully. Being breastfeeding-friendly can increase the number of children who are breastfed, which leads to healthier babies.

Gold-Certified Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Centers in Boulder County

We are recognizing and promoting child care centers that have made breastfeeding support a priority. To receive the Gold-Certified Breastfeeding-Friendly designation, centers must:

  • Meet 9 of 10 criteria for silver status or all 10 criteria to achieve gold status.
  • Meet with Child Health Promotion (CHP) staff to complete a pre-assessment and develop an action plan based on the assessment results.
  • Attend one (1) two hour training session.
  • Complete the post-assessment and conduct an on-site review with CHP staff to establish the 9-10 criteria were met.
    Facility Phone Address
    Aspen Center for Child Care
    (OUR Center)
    303-772-4320 501 5th Ave.
    Longmont
    Back to Basics 720-491-3267 647 17th Ave.
    Longmont
    Boulder Day Nursery 303-928-2285 1518 Spruce St.
    Boulder
    BVSD Teen Parenting Center 720-561-5724 6600 Arapahoe Ave.
    Boulder
    Cottage School North 303-546-6814 1301 North St.
    Boulder
    Junior Jets Child Development Center 720-652-6626 2175 17th Ave.
    Boulder
    Primrose School 303-774-1919 1335 Dry Creek Dr.
    Longmont

    Be a Breastfeeding-Friendly Employer

    Breastfeeding moms face logistical obstacles to being successful. As an employer, you have the opportunity to be supportive and help your staff provide the ideal nutrition for their babies. Breastfeeding-friendly employers have healthier workforces and overall better morale.

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Contacts

Child Health Promotion (CHP) Program

303-413-7500
Submit a question

www.BoulderCountyCHP.org

Boulder

3482 Broadway
Map and directions

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