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Lactation Feeding Friendly Child Care (LFE) (HI16)

We recognize that one of the barriers that families face when they return to work is how to continue to provide human milk to their child. Understanding the value of human milk for young children, we have created a program to recognize child care facilities that have taken specific steps to make their program a lactation feeding friendly environment (LFE).​

We are offering a lactation and feeding-friendly child care environment course as a continued education option to promote inclusivity and support for parents who wish to continue breastfeeding, ensuring that child care providers are knowledgeable and equipped to create a comfortable and accommodating environment for breastfeeding and bottle-feeding infants. By offering this course, we aim to empower child care providers with the necessary skills and understanding to meet the unique needs of lactating parents and their babies, fostering a nurturing and inclusive child care setting.

This program and course have been developed by the Snohomish County Health Department in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington, and with the participation of King County Public Health.​

In-Service Hours/STA...: 2.0

  • Class Notice - Important Course Information
  • Helpful Hints
  • Introduction to Lactation and Feeding Friendly Child Care
  • Lactation Friendly Child Care Pre-test
  • LFE Course Resources
  • Lactation Friendly Child Care Introduction
  • Becoming a LFE Certified Child Care Program
  • Benefits of Lactation and Human Milk
  • CACFP Trainer's Tool: Supporting Breastfeeding Families in Child Care
  • Promoting Lactation and Supporting Nursing Families
  • Feeding Cues Mini Quiz
  • Safe Storage and Handling
  • Storage and Handling Mini Quiz
  • Paced Bottle Feeding Video
  • Paced Bottle Feeding Mini Quiz
  • Creating a LFE Program Policy
  • LFE policy
  • Creating a Space for Expressing and Feeding Human Milk
  • Policy Mini Quiz
  • Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention lactation
  • Final Exam
  • Resources for Continued Support
  • Resources that Support Lactation
Completion rules
  • You must complete the units "MERIT EVALUATION"
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever