However a mother chooses or is able to feed her child should be supported in the child care setting. Idaho is ranked number one in the United States for mothers breastfeeding their children. Breastfeeding is good for babies and for mothers. It protects babies from illnesses and infections, gives babies the exact nutrients they need to grow and be healthy, protects them from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and babies who are breastfed are less likely to be obese or develop diabetes when older. It is beneficial to mothers because it’s free, it lowers her chances of developing certain cancers, allows her to bond with her baby and keeps her from taking off time from work because her baby is sick less often.
While a large number of mothers start breastfeeding with their new infants, it becomes much harder when they place their babies in a child care setting. To support mothers who would like to continue breastfeeding, the Healthy Initiatives asks child care providers to provide a private space at their facility for a mother to breastfeed her child. The space should be comfortable and allow the mother to have time to nurse away from view from others. This can be done by using a separate room, a screen or curtain, or a private space in the classroom area.