Here are just a few of the reasons why charging more for serving breastmilk is absurd:
It's safe and requires no special storage. The Centers on Disease Control (CDC) states that breastmilk is not considered a hazardous bodily fluid (something requiring "universal precautions" in health care-speak). As such, it requires no separate storage, protection, or handling by a child care provider.
It's easy. Breastmilk is no more complicated to serve than formula, and does not require mixing and measuring as formula does.
It saves them money. Babies receiving pumped milk are less likely to be sick, which means less disease spread among children in the center, and less absences for both babies and staff. This reduces a center's cost of operation.
Babies are happier and less messy at day care. Breastmilk is more easily digested than formula, so breastfed babies are less fussy, spit up less frequently, and have less diarrhea - all things you want to avoid if you are a day care provider.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Daycare Charges More for Breastmilk
Although most daycare centers are supportive of breastfeeding, the Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog reports that at least one has been charging parents extra to feed babies the real thing:
All good points. I had always wondered whether breastmilk was considered a hazardous bodily fluid.