An Infant Friendly Workplace is a voluntary designation for employers who have a workplace breastfeeding policy, including:
- A dedicated, private space that is not a restroom for pumping breast milk.
- Flexible break/work scheduling for pumping breast milk.
- Access to a nearby sink and refrigerator.
The North Dakota Health and Human Services is here to assist workplaces across North Dakota create a private, comfortable space to achieve the Infant Friendly Workplace designation.
Employer Benefits of an Infant Friendly Workplace
|Reduced Sick Leave||
Breastfed infants have lower risk for common illnesses such as colds and ear infections, reducing sick leave for new mothers.
|Lower Healthcare Insurance Costs||
Healthier infants require fewer medical appointments and prescriptions, leading to lower employer costs.
|Higher Employee Productivity||
A supportive environment for breastfeeding mothers has been shown to increase both morale and productivity.
|Retention of Experienced Employees||
Studies show that businesses with breastfeeding support programs have higher retention rates for new mothers.