Fargo Cass Public Health is recognizing National Breastfeeding Month throughout August by spotlighting the importance of breastfeeding. World Breastfeeding Week also takes place August 1-7, with the theme of “Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding.”
“Breastfeeding truly is a great way to give your baby a strong foundation – from helping develop a strong immune system to providing valuable bonding time,” says Michelle Draxten, Fargo Cass Public Health Breastfeeding Coordinator.
Fargo Cass Public Health offers a Back to Work Mom (#B2Wmom) program that sends breastfeeding tips and support to pregnant women and new moms via text messages. “We send helpful tips and resources to new moms who are getting comfortable breastfeeding. We are a source of support for breastfeeding families,” says Draxten.
The #B2Wmom program also offers a class that focuses on how to successfully transition back to work and continue breastfeeding. The class is free and open to anyone.
Employers also have an opportunity to support breastfeeding by applying to become an Infant Friendly business. There are currently 48 businesses designated as Infant Friendly in Cass County. “The benefits of becoming Infant Friendly are shared between the business and its employees,” says Draxten. “It’s a great way to reinforce a company’s culture and retain employees by helping new moms find balance between going back to work and caring for their infants. Studies show breastfed babies are less likely to be sick, so their moms are less likely to miss work. It’s truly a win-win for employers and employees.” Grants are available for businesses in Cass County, North Dakota to assist in creating a space to support new mothers who are breastfeeding. Visit the ‘Create Space’ page our website to learn more.
To enroll to receive text messages, sign up for a B2Wmom class, get resources, or apply for the Infant Friendly business designation, visit FMbreastfeeding.com, email MDraxtenFargoND [dot] gov
, or call 701.476.6677. You can also like and follow the Fargo Cass Public Health Facebook and Instagram pages by searching @FargoCassPublicHealth.