Supporting breastfeeding in the workplace
Returning to work after the birth of a baby is a big change. Many parents find it challenging to manage the competing demands of work and family. Return to work plans often affect decisions about feeding.
Combining breastfeeding and work is possible with planning and the right support. Workplaces can do their part to support mums who want to keep breastfeeding by becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace.
What is a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace?
A Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace provides:
- a comfortable, private and clean space to breastfeed or express breastmilk
- flexibility and time during the day to breastfeed or express breastmilk
- support from managers and colleagues
For more information on creating a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace, visit the Australian Breastfeeding Association's Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace website
Being breastfeeding-friendly makes good business sense
Providing a breastfeeding-friendly work environment has benefits for your organisation.
- Demonstrates your commitment to a family-friendly workplace
- Helps with retention of skilled employees
- Supports a quicker return to work by employees after maternity leave
- Shows your commitment to gender equality and diversity in the workplace
- Reduces lost work time due to infant illness
Planning to keep breastfeeding when you return to work?
With some planning by both you and your employer, you can be supported to continue to breastfeed your baby after you return to work.
Mothers returning to work before 6 months breastfeed 1.9 months less on average than they had intended
Are you a parent needing help?
Click here to visit the Australian Breastfeeding Association website for information and support