The Australian Breastfeeding Association has a dedicated website for its Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace (BFW) accreditation program – http://www.breastfeedingfriendly.com.au/
The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that 118,000 Australian women return to paid work when their child is aged 6 months or younger. Therefore, workplace support is crucial if we are to reach National Health and Medical Research Council recommendations of exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months and World Health Organization recommendations for breastfeeding to continue for 2 years or beyond.
The accreditation program offers resources and a consultancy service for employers which results in employment conditions which make it easier for women to combine breastfeeding and paid work. It aims to remove the workplace as a barrier to the initiation and duration of breastfeeding. For employers, accreditation is a tool to optimise recruitment and retention strategies and it demonstrates a commitment to equal employment opportunity, employee health and well being, workplace diversity and corporate social responsibility.
A list of accredited workplaces can be viewed on the website as well as information for mothers and employers about breastfeeding and paid work.
For more information about returning to work and continuing to breastfeed, you may like to register for the Breastfeeding and Returning to Work Webinar which covers all the information you need to successfully combine breastfeeding/expressing breastmilk and paid work.
© Australian Breastfeeding Association Reviewed July 2013