Grand Forks Public Health Department


Nutrition


Grand Forks Public Health Department > Programs & Services > Nutrition > Breastfeeding Resources

Both babies and mothers gain many benefits from breastfeeding.

Why Breastfeeding Makes a Difference

· Breast milk provides infants all the nutrients for optimal physical and mental development.
· Breastfeeding helps develop a strong bond between mom & baby.
· Breast milk helps infants fight infections and develop healthy immune systems.
· Mothers who choose to breastfeed are healthier, with less risk of ovarian and breast cancer.
· Breastfeeding families save money on food and health care costs.


Greater Grand Forks Breastfeeding Coalition

Every community must work together to ensure a child’s right to breast milk and a woman’s right to breastfeed. The Greater Grand Forks Breastfeeding Coalition advocates for promotion of breastfeeding as well as public, workplace, and social support.

Our coalition meets every third Tuesday of the month at noon. Location - 360 Division Avenue, 2nd Floor. One block south of the County Office Building, Grand Forks. For more information or to join our group, call 701-787-8100.


Worksite Lactation Program

In 2010, federal legislation passed requiring businesses to provide lactation support for employees. Investing in worksite lactation programs can yield substantial dividends to companies.

  • Breastfeeding employees miss work less often. One day absences to care for sick children occur more than twice as often for mothers of formula fed infants.
  • Breastfeeding lowers health care costs. That reduction translates into lower medical insurance claims for businesses. Babies who are not breastfed visit the physician more often, spend more days in the hospital, and require more prescriptions than breastfed infants.
  • Companies, large and small, have found lactation programs lower turnover rates, yield additional health care savings, improve productivity and loyalty, and have a positive effect on public relations.

Don’t know where to start? Contact the Grand Forks Public Health Department, 701-787-8100.


Other Resources:
http://www.ndhealth.gov/breastfeeding/
http://www.llli.org/