Will my workplace enable me to continue breastfeeding?
Make it easier to go back to work. Talk to your employer about becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace.
Combining breastfeeding and work
Together these three elements demonstrate to new and existing employees that their workplace and employer is supportive of their potential needs as a breastfeeding employee.
A private, comfortable space to breastfeed or express breastmilk. This is the first requirement to becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace.
Depending on the size of your workplace, the space could be a dedicated breastfeeding/expressing room or a shared with a first aid room/prayer room or meeting room. Smaller work sites or those with a small number of staff may not have a space available at all times. However, they should have a plan for how a space would be provided if needed.
Time during the working day to breastfeed or express.
Your needs as a breastfeeding employee are usually short-term. The second requirement is a Breastfeeding Policy that clearly outlines support for lactation breaks to allow you time to feed or express.
Support from your employer and colleagues. A clear communication strategy and other workplace initiatives will back up the Breastfeeding Policy. Communication is key to building a supportive workplace culture.