Alanna Kane is the Head of Finance and Operations at Powernet Group, an accredited Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace. She shares how the accreditation has sparked the conversation around breastfeeding mothers returning to work and how this fits into the organisation’s core value of family.
‘Working in a male-dominated industry that struggles to attract female talent, [being accredited] can be a real differentiator in terms of letting prospective employees know how family-friendly and supportive we are in enabling them to continue their breastfeeding journey with very few barriers.’
‘Just prior to being approached about becoming accredited, I had finished breastfeeding my second child. Whilst only in the office one day per week when my son was 8 weeks old, I had needed to express in the ladies’ bathroom on a very uncomfortable plastic chair. The thought around having to express or breastfeed at work had never really entered my mind prior to this, but this experience really made it hit home how much our organisation was not set up for an employee to be able to breastfeed or express comfortably whilst in the office.’
‘By becoming BFW-accredited, it meant we had to provide both a comfortable and private setting for women to breastfeed or express and those settings would need to be permanently maintained.’