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Having a workplace that allows breastfeeding to continue after a new mum has returned to work can benefit employers and employees. 

Employers can support breastfeeding employees by providing four simple things: good communication, time, space and support.


Why breastfeeding and the workplace?

  • Mothers who are able to continue breastfeeding after they return to work are more likely to return to the same employer, saving significant costs in recruitment and training.

  • The Human Rights Act (1993) allows for preferential treatment based on pregnancy and/or childbirth


How can workplaces help?

Under the ‘Employment Relations (Breaks, Infant Feeding, and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2008’, employers must ensure that, so far as is reasonable and practicable in the circumstances:

  • Appropriate facilities are provided in the workplace for an employee who is breastfeeding and who wishes to breastfeed in the workplace.

  • Appropriate breaks are provided to an employee who is breastfeeding and wishes to breastfeed during a work period. 


For more information about breastfeeding in the workplace, visit our WorkWell website where you can access free resources, tools and assistance.

If your business would like to become Breastfeeding Friendly for customers, click here.

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