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Fargo Cass Public Health Announces Mini-Grant Opportunity to Support Worksite Breastfeeding

08/23/2017

Fargo Cass Public Health is excited to continue its support of breastfeeding in the workplace and has funding up to $500 available for worksites in Cass County to achieve the Infant-Friendly Worksite Designation.

Supporting breastfeeding employees has many business benefits. Fargo Cass Public Health is excited to continue its support of breastfeeding in the workplace and has funding up to $500 available for worksites in Cass County to achieve the Infant-Friendly Worksite Designation.

The Infant-Friendly Worksite Designation is a free recognition program through the state of North Dakota for businesses that support their breastfeeding employees. These businesses have a breastfeeding policy that includes:

  • Flexible scheduling to allow for expression of milk/nursing,
  • Providing a private, clean space (not a toilet stall or restrooms) for pumping/nursing,
  • Access to a clean water source for washing hands and breast pump equipment, and
  • Providing refrigeration for temporary storage of breast milk.

The key focus of the funds is to assist worksites in overcoming the most commonly reported barrier to supporting their breastfeeding employees: adequate space that is private and comfortable. Funds can be used to purchase a chair, small table, door lock, refrigerator, soft lighting, and more. Fargo Cass Public Health staff are also available to assist businesses in identifying a space, as well as policy development and implementation.

Businesses who receive funding are then encouraged to apply for the Infant-Friendly Worksite Designation.  The application is free and available online. Being designated reflects a business’s commitment to supporting breastfeeding employees and their families. These businesses can also use “Infant-Friendly” on any promotional or recruitment materials.  Read more about the business benefits in this post.

Applications for funds to support breastfeeding in the workplace are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Funds are limited and must be spent by September 30, so apply today!

Join these local businesses who are currently designated as Infant-Friendly:

  • Apex Physical Therapy & Wellness Center
  • Cass County Government
  • City of Fargo
  • City of West Fargo
  • CoreLink Administrative Solutions
  • Courts Plus Community Fitness Center
  • Dakota Medical Foundation
  • Discovery Benefits
  • Eide Bailly LLP
  • Elim Care Center
  • Fargo Jet Center
  • Fargo Park District
  • Fargo VA Health Care System
  • Gate City Bank
  • Hornbacher’s
  • Lillestol Research LLC
  • ManorCare Health Services
  • North Dakota State University
  • Prairie Roots Food Co-op
  • Preference Employment Solutions
  • SpartanNash
  • Sundog
  • TMI Hospitality
  • Town & Country Credit Union
  • Tronsgard & Sullivan Dental
  • Weather Modification Inc
  • West Acres Mall
  • WEX Health
  • YMCA Early Learning Center South
  • YWCA Cass Clay

Support your breastfeeding employees and their families — become a designated Infant-Friendly Worksite. Apply here to become a designated Infant-Friendly Worksite.

Contact Michelle Draxten by email or call 701.476.6677 with any questions or to receive a grant application.