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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.
We are delighted to announce we have had two new local governments become accredited Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces.
In May the City of Tea Tree Gully became the first South Australian local government to become accredited. Local governments have a variety of work spaces from council offices, community spaces and leisure centres, health care centres, work depots, seniors facilities and many more. As BFW accreditation covers all work sites it is a fabulous achievement for local governments to become breastfeeding friendly. It is a practical demonstration not only to valued employees but also to their wider rate-payers and community that breastfeeding is important not just for the mother and child, but also the work place and for our communities.
We also give our congratulations to the City of Maroondah on achieving Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Accreditation. Lead by Vicki Middleton, city staff have put in place suitable facilities for employees to breastfeed and/or express and implemented internal policies, procedures and communication strategies that provide supportive workplace practices for breastfeeding employees. This raft of measures ensures that employees can continue to meet the needs of their infants after their maternity leave and return to work. Congratulations to the City of Maroondah who are leading the way in creating breastfeeding friendly workplaces and communities.