Infant Friendly Workplace Program




The North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program announces the availability of funds to support the Infant Friendly Workplace Designation. The primary focus of the funding is to assist workplaces with creating a private environment of space for breastfeeding employees. Workplaces may request up to $500 in federal MCH funds to assist with creating the private environment.

Funds will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 87% of babies start out breastfeeding. However, this rate decreases significantly after their mothers return to work. Approximately 77% of mothers with young children (birth to age 5) work, which is the fastest-growing segment of the North Dakota workforce.

With most North Dakota mothers returning to work after having a baby, businesses have a unique opportunity to provide an Infant Friendly Workplace. The Infant Friendly Workplace Designation was established in 2009 by the North Dakota state legislature and provides assistance and recognition for businesses who have breastfeeding support policies for mothers returning to work.

Businesses who support breastfeeding mothers may experience many benefits, including retaining experienced employees, higher productivity and loyalty, and fewer employee absences to care for sick children.


Funds may be used to create a private environment which may include a chair, side table, partition, refrigeration, door lock, room aesthetics and signage for private environment.

Funds may not be used for (1) purchase and improvement of land, construction or permanent improvement of buildings or purchase of major medical equipment; (2) matching other federal grants; or (3) providing funds for research or training to any entity other than a public or private non-profit entity.

MCH prohibits exclusion from participation, denial of benefits or discrimination in any program or activity funded in whole or in part with MCH monies on the basis of race, color or national origin, sex, age, religion or handicapping conditions.


  • 8/1/2024

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June 13, 2024