Advantages of being an accredited organisation

The Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Program aims to remove the workplace as a barrier to breastfeeding. An increasing number of women return to work within the first year of their baby’s life: 22% within the first 6 months, 44% within 12 months.  With the right support, breastfeeding employees can successfully combine breastfeeding and paid work.

  • Demonstrates your commitment to gender equality and workplace diversity: By offering breastfeeding support in the workplace you are promoting gender equality within your workplace and enhancing your status as a socially responsible employer. Gaining accreditation from the ABA as a breastfeeding-friendly workplace reflects a commitment to the equal and full participation in the workforce of pregnant, potentially pregnant and breastfeeding employees.
  • Optimises recruitment and retention strategies: Promoting your status as an accredited breastfeeding-friendly workplace in recruitment advertising gives employees and potential candidates confidence about the quality of breastfeeding support provided in the workplace. Creating a supportive breastfeeding environment can deliver significant cost savings associated with improved retention rates, earlier return to work, duration of service and reduced recruitment and re-training costs.
  • Builds your reputation as a family-friendly employer: Formalising workplace policies through the accreditation process indicates a commitment to creating a workplace culture supportive of breastfeeding. It demonstrates transparency of process and shows you are serious about helping women balance work and family commitments. Typically, this is reciprocated through increased employee loyalty and motivation, resulting in improved productivity.
  • Enhances cost savings associated with a healthier, happier workforce: Research shows breastfed babies are healthier, so parents and carers require less time off work to care for sick children.  Anecdotal evidence also suggests bottom-line benefits from reduced absenteeism, and minimising disruption to work flow.

Becoming an accredited Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace

Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace is a not-for-profit initiative and relies on accreditation fees for its ongoing sustainability. 

The BFW program combines 50 years of ABA’s breastfeeding support with BFW’s many years of practical experience working with large and small organisations.

To prepare for assessment and achieve accreditation promptly, we suggest that you utilise the BFW toolkits, templates and other resources to ensure an efficient and cost effective process, to establish workplace facilities and practices that support the breastfeeding employee. 

To request a quote for your workplace accreditation assessment complete the Expression of Interest form.

Getting workplace approval to apply for BFW accreditation

If you are preparing a submission to gain approval from your workplace management to achieve Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Accreditation the following resources may be useful.