Setting up a breastfeeding and expressing room in your organisation

Setting up a breastfeeding and expressing room in your organisation is a comprehensive toolkit that has been developed by the Australian Breastfeeding Association, offering a range of practical solutions to many frequently asked questions from organisations that are implementing a breastfeeding/expressing room for their employees. 

The ABA is ideally placed to provide the information you are looking for when setting up a breastfeeding/expressing room. Our experience and knowledge in this area is well founded and tested by many organisations through our Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace accreditation program. We combine our expertise in breastfeeding knowledge, education and support, with many years experience in helping organisations facilitate their breastfeeding employees' return to work.

Setting up a breastfeeding and expressing room in your organisation will walk you through the process of setting up a breastfeeding/expressing room from start to finish. It also offers practical solutions to common questions, such as:
  • Do we need to provide a dedicated room or is a dual use room acceptable?
  • How big should the room be?
  • What furniture should be in the room?
  • Do we need to provide a room at every work-site?
...and many more.
  • Purpose of the toolkit
  • What is the BFW program?
  • Public health recommendations on breastfeeding
  • The business case for workplace support for breastfeeding
  • Why have a breastfeeding/expressing space?
  • Legislation
  • When should a space be available?
The breastfeeding space
  • Setting up a breastfeeding/expressing room in your workplace
  • Who will use the room?
  • What is not suitable?
Steps to identifying a suitable room
  • Step one: Obtaining an understanding of the requirements for a breastfeeding/expressing space in a workplace
  • Step two: Identifying potential breastfeeding/expressing spaces.
  • Step three: Use the provided checklist to determine what changes or additions are necessary
  • Step four: Troubleshooting and FAQ
  • Step five: Putting the room into use

Next steps

  • What happens after you set up your breastfeeding/expressing room?


  • Checklists and other useful documents are provided in the Appendices

Electronic templates

  • A range of electronic templates are provided on CD with the toolkit

Setting up a breastfeeding and expressing room in your organisation is available to purchase individually, or is available as a set of three with the other BFW toolkits:
Together, all three toolkits prepare an organisation to apply for Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace accreditation

Purchase all three toolkits at the same time to save $100 on the total cost, and also receive a sturdy work file to keep them together along with additional ABA resources for free.  Additionally, apply for an BFW accreditation audit within 12 months of purchasing the set of three toolkits and your organisation will receive a discount on your accreditation audit fee.

For prices and to order, please download the toolkit order form below...
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