Integrating breastfeeding support into your workplace culture makes good business sense. Benefits include increasing retention rates, lowering absenteeism, reducing recruitment costs and retaining valuable corporate knowledge. Ensuring your organisation meets best practice in the area of breastfeeding support identifies your workplace as being committed to creating a family-friendly environment. Show your employees that you value them by ensuring they have the best opportunity to successfully combine breastfeeding and work.
The Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Program is an initiative of the Australian Breastfeeding Association, Australia’s leading source of breastfeeding information, education and support for over 50 years. We have been working with organisations to support women in combining breastfeeding and work for many years. During this time we have worked with hundreds of organisations bringing together our expertise with practical experience in helping organisations facilitate their breastfeeding employees’ return to work.
Creating a supportive environment for breastfeeding employees is simple when you have the right tools. Let us show you how to provide the space, time and support to make your workplace a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace.
Congratulations to Isabella Plains Early Childhood School!
The Isabella Plains Early Childhood School (IPECS) is one of a handful of schools to hold accreditation as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace; it's also the first in Canberra. With a team that is 98% female, the principal at IPECS recognised the value of an initiative that supports staff to balance work and family commitments when returning to the classroom. Teachers at the specialised early childhood campus now have the elements in place to confidently make use of the paid lactation breaks protected in their Enterprise Agreement.
The Australian Sports Commission gives their employees a head start
The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has given their employees a head start when it comes to combining breastfeeding and work. Driven by a desire to support staff at all stages of their career, the ASC has put in place a flexible Breastfeeding Policy to cover the Australian Institute of Sport and smaller sites around the country. By incorporating breastfeeding friendly practices into their corporate strategy they are providing guidance and leadership for Australian sporting organisations.
The key elements of support that you require are:
Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Accreditation ensures the space, time and support is in place for you.
While many employers would like to provide breastfeeding support they are often unsure how to do so. Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Accreditation enables them to do so quickly and simply.
Workplaces are most likely to adopt breastfeeding friendly practices when the need is identified from within.
By encouraging your workplace to seek Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Accreditation, you are helping to make your workplace a better environment for all mothers.
All the information and practical resources your organisation needs to become an accredited Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace are included in the BFW Toolkits.
BFW accreditation is awarded by the ABA to organisations that provide three simple criteria to support their breastfeeding employees in the workforce – space, time, and support. Follow the toolkits, and take the guesswork out of your workplace becoming accreditation-ready.