Breastfeeding support in the workplace is crucial for the well-being of both staff and their children. After the birth of a child, women may need to nurse their children for periods generally ranging from six months to two years after the birth. As the needs of each mother vary, it is appropriate for businesses to establish a positive culture around nursing to facilitate conversations between employer and employee. Employers play a critical role in supporting families and enabling women to continue breastfeeding for as long as they choose.
Employers are responsible for ensuring all employees, including nursing women, are safe in the workplace and free from environmental hazards. Providing a separate room for breastfeeding can be vital in protecting nursing women in the workplace. Businesses should seek to provide a breastfeeding room which is clean, comfortable and private. As a best practice guide, the room should include:
Businesses should maintain open lines of consultation with mothers to ensure the breastfeeding facilities are fit for purpose. Businesses should also seek to establish a breastfeeding and nursing policy that is readily accessible to improve transparency and awareness of the support available to employees.