Bismarck and Mandan YMCAs recognized as 'Infant-Friendly'

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The YMCA locations in Bismarck and Mandan are the latest to be named "infant-friendly" by the North Dakota Department of Health.

The Y partnered with Bismarck-Burleigh public health to create four designated areas for breastfeeding mothers. The spaces includes a sink to wash hands and rinsing breast-pumping equipment and a cooler to temporarily storing breast milk. Katie Johnke with BPHH says dedicated spaces improve more than comfort.

“It needs to be a space that's not a bathroom and have that private, clean space is a huge win. It improves the health of the employees as well,” said Johnke, who is a Nutrition Services Coordinator with BBPH.

“If they're comfortable to use a more private space, that's there for them. If they would like to continue or express milk in other areas, that's ok too. We just want to show them we support them,” said YMCA Human Resouces Director Raquel Nachatilo.

Businesses interested becoming "infant-friendly" can find more information at www.bismarcknd.gov/publichealth.