PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: Human Milk Storage Guidelines in Childcare Settings
The Child Care Sanitation Rules are open for public comment through Monday, March 4th.
Rule changes affect how human milk is stored and handled in child care settings for families statewide.
Feel free to share these links. Potential concerns from parents/providers:
- human milk may not be allowed to return to the communal fridge after being offered (and parents may not have provided a cooler w/ ice pack for storage),
- human milk may be discarded without parent/guardian permission,
- storage guidelines in the rules do not align with expert guidelines, and
- human milk receptacles opened for temperature testing without parent notification/consent.
Go to this link and advance to the rules beginning at .2801.
Add comments to the section: 15A NCAC 18A .2804 FOOD SUPPLIES
Here is the link (also snipped below the section related to human milk provision) to the NC Sanitation Rules for Child Care: https://ncchildcare.ncdhhs.gov/Portals/0/documents/pdf/S/Section_2800_Sanitation_of_Child_Care_Centers.pdf
The national health and safety performance standards and guidelines for early care programs are put forth in Caring for Our Children, 4th Edition (C4OC4) – here is the link: http://nrckids.org/files/CFOC4%20pdf-%20FINAL.pdf
Pages 203-204 reference storage of breast milk, and include the table below – please note, and as you know, this is slightly different than the CDC/ABM guidelines, although C4OC4 references and includes the link to CDC guidelines: