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Minnesota has its first breastfeeding-friendly day cares

This day care in central Minnesota has taken extra steps to be named the state's first breastfeeding-friendly child care provider.

A day care in central Minnesota has earned the title of being the first-ever breastfeeding-friendly child care provider in the state.

The Minnesota Department Health made the announcement earlier this week saying Kind Hearts Day Care in Princeton has taken some extra steps to make it a comfortable and helpful place for mothers and their babies.

The day care has its own written policy about breastfeeding, and it works with staff so that they know the best practices, according to the department. Staff members are also required to get professional training.

On top of that, Kind Hearts offers a lactation room, and follows proper storage and handling guidelines for breast milk.

“Breastfeeding is a natural part of life, and it is the best thing for the child," owner Julie Hume said in a statement." We encourage breastfeeding and give mothers a comfortable place to breastfeed.”

While Kind Hearts is the first to be recognized for its efforts, it's no longer the only breastfeeding-friendly provider in the state. Officials with the Department of Health told KSTP two other centers have gained recognition as well. And a few others are close. You can find the two others here.

According to the Department of Health, studies show that infants who are breastfed are healthier. They get sick less often as kids, and have a lower risk of obesity and disease later in life.

Mothers who breastfeed tend to have a lower risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and osteoporosis. You can learn more about breastfeeding here and here.

The Minnesota Department of Health has a whole list of breastfeeding-friendly maternity centers, workplaces and health departments here.

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