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Posted on: March 22, 2018

[ARCHIVED] City of Bismarck Public Works Designated as “Infant Friendly”

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The City of Bismarck Public Works department has been recognized as “Infant Friendly,” by the North Dakota Department of Health. The City of Bismarck strives to serve the community and its employees, and is pleased to be part of a program that will provide an important service to our employees and guests.

City of Bismarck Public Works employees refurbished existing locker room space and creatively transformed it into a convenient, private breastfeeding space.

Employers can apply for the “infant friendly” designation if they adopt a worksite policy that includes:

•Flexible work scheduling, including scheduling breaks and permitting work patterns that provide time for expression of breast milk.
•A convenient, sanitary, safe and private location (other than a restroom), allowing privacy for breastfeeding or expressing breast milk.
•A convenient, clean and safe water source with facilities for washing hands and rinsing breast-pumping equipment located near the private location.
•A convenient place for temporarily storing breast milk, such as a refrigerator or cooler.

According to research, breastfeeding also benefits the employer. Such benefits include lower health-care costs because breastfed babies are healthier, lower absenteeism, and lower turnover rates since woman are more likely to return to their previous jobs if the company provides support for breastfeeding mothers. These benefits can provide considerable cost savings to employers.

“We are thankful to be able to offer this private breastfeeding space to our employees and guests, allowing us to gain the "infant-friendly" designation to our workplace, said Michelle Klose, Public Works Utility Operations. “We appreciate their commitment and support of breastfeeding in the workplace,” said Katie Johnke, Nutrition Services Coordinator, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health.”

For more information about the infant friendly designation, contact Katie Johnke, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, 701-355-1555. 

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