BISMARCK – Since 2011, the Department of Health has given the designation of “Infant Friendly” to North Dakota businesses who adopt a policy supporting nursing mothers in the workplace. Since the inception of this program, 73 businesses in North Dakota, representing over 18,000 employees, have been designated Infant Friendly.
Benefits to employers include:
- Reduced staff turnover.
- Reduced sick time.
- Lower insurance and health care costs.
- Higher job productivity, employee satisfaction, and morale.
- Added recruitment incentive for women.
The new Infant Friendly designation of several businesses coincides with Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s proclamation of North Dakota Breastfeeding Week, Monday, August 1, through Sunday, August 7, 2016, which mirrors the annual global celebration that draws attention to the health impacts of breastfeeding for both babies and mothers. The theme this year is “Breastfeeding: A Key to Sustainable Development.”
The following North Dakota employers have been newly designated as Infant Friendly in 2016:
- Bismarck – Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center, BisMan Community Food Co-op
- Fargo– West Acres Mall
- Grand Forks – Grand Forks Park District
The following North Dakota employers, designated in 2011 and 2012, have chosen to continue supporting Infant Friendly by renewing their 3-year designation:
The following North Dakota employers have chosen to continue supporting Infant Friendly:
- Bismarck—Mid Dakota Clinic, Bismarck State College, Bismarck Burleigh Public Health, Center for Tobacco Prevention Policy, Capital Credit Union
- Carrington—Foster County Public Health
- Dickinson— Baker Boy
- Emerado —Ascension Lutheran Church
- Fargo—Gate City Bank
- Grand Forks—Performance Chiropractic, Grand Forks County WIC, Grand Forks County, City of Grand Forks
- Jamestown—Jamestown Regional Medical Center, Central Valley Health District
- Mandan—Custer Health
- Turtle Mountain—Northland Community Health Center
- Valley City— Valley City School District, Valley City State University
- Williston—Upper Missouri District Health Unit
Businesses interested in becoming “Infant Friendly” can find resources for supporting their employees and a simple application online at www.ndhealth.gov/breastfeeding.
For more information about the Infant Friendly Designation or World Breastfeeding Week, contact Mikaela Schlosser, North Dakota Department of Health, at 701.328.4529.