Ways to still breastfeed when returning to work

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Find out right here how to still breastfeed when returning to work. You can also encourage your employer to check out our Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace program. This can be done in a few ways, depending on what suits your situation.

Juggling breastf breastfeed when returning to workeeding and work is not easy! Give yourself time to settle in. A one month trial period to work through any difficulties that you or your baby may experience can be useful. Most mothers will question their choice to breastfeed when returning to work in the early days of their return. However, with a determined attitude and support it can be a rewarding experience.

For example, you can:

  • Express your milk when you are away from baby for long periods
  • Go to your baby or have your baby brought to your workplace for feeding
  • Work from home or work shorter shifts
  • Breastfeed when you are not at work and combine breastfeeding with solid foods (depending on the age of the baby)
  • Combine breastmilk feeds with feeds of artificial baby milk

There is more great information and support available about breastfeeding and working from the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

Click on the titles to purchase the ABA’s essential booklets on:

Breastfeeding: women and work
Breastfeeding: expressing and storing breastmilk

For some great hints on coping with breastfeeding and returning to work see the following articles:

You can work and breastfeed
Hints for breastfeeding and working

Breastfeeding helps workers and their workplaces

Helping breastfeeding employees return to work from maternity leave is not only supportive and caring, it makes good business sense.BF-Friendly
Creating a supportive breastfeeding environment can help save costs by keeping workers longer, help them to return to work earlier and reduce recruitment and re-training costs.
Research has also shown that breastfed babies are healthier, so parents and carers require less time off work to care for sick children. Anecdotal evidence suggests benefits such as reduced absenteeism, and minimized disruption to work flow for companies that are supportive of breastfeeding. Maternal employment has been found to have a negative impact on breastfeeding duration, and therefore the health of mothers and babies, so breastfeeding is one of the most important factors that women consider when returning to work.

Is your workplace breastfeeding friendly?

The Australian Breastfeeding Association’s Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace (BFW) program is a not-for-profit consultancy service that provides workplaces with information and expertise to set up systems and processes so they can support employees who wish to combine breastfeeding and paid work. These can include:

  • Policy development
  • Advising on practical help such as lactation breaks
  • Education and information for management and staff on how to support their breastfeeding colleagues.
  • Resources for employees on how to combine breastfeeding and paid work

There are many practical ways that even small workplaces can help mothers. For further information on Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces and tips on talking to your employer about returning to work and breastfeeding visit our Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces website.

Whether you work for a small or a large multi-sited workplace there are many practical ways that your workplace can help breastfeeding employees.

BFW also offers the Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace (BFW) program, which recognises and promotes best practice in meeting the needs of breastfeeding women in paid work. Accreditation includes all of the above tailored to suit individual workplaces. An obligation free quote for the cost of Accreditation can be obtained by filling out an Expression of Interest form.

BFW aims to remove the workplace as a barrier to breastfeeding. Talk to your employer about becoming involved.

Further information

For more information for employers and employees visit:

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