State and regional variation in regulations related to feeding infants in child care

Sara Neelon, Elsie M. Taveras, Angie L. Cradock, Elizabeth M. Walker, Meghan M. Slining, Matthew W. Gillman

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to compare state and regional variation in infant feeding regulations for child care facilities and to compare these regulations to national standards. METHODS: We reviewed regulations for child care for all US states and Washington, DC, and examined patterns according to type of facility and geographic region. We compared state regulations with national standards for feeding infants in child care. The standards included were: (1) infants are fed according to a feeding plan from a parent or physician; (2) breastfeeding is supported by the child care facility; (3) no solid food is given before 6 months of age; (4) infants are fed on demand; (5) infants are fed by a consistent caregiver; (6) infants are held while feeding; (7) infants cannot carry or sleep with a bottle; (8) caregivers cannot feed >1 infant at a time; (9) no cow's milk is given to children

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPediatrics
Volume124
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Breastfeeding
  • Child care
  • Infant feeding
  • Nutrition
  • Policies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Neelon, S., Taveras, E. M., Cradock, A. L., Walker, E. M., Slining, M. M., & Gillman, M. W. (2009). State and regional variation in regulations related to feeding infants in child care. Pediatrics, 124(1). https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2008-3668