Women don’t have to stop breastfeeding just because they are returning to work.Many women have successfully continued to breastfeed and work. It may take some planning ahead, and a supportive employer can make all the difference.By law, as far as is reasonable, employers are required to:
- Give women unpaid breaks to breastfeed their baby or express milk at work
- Provide women with facilities to do this.
Under the Human Rights Act, it is illegal for someone to stop women breastfeeding in public.Public places include:
- The place where you work or study
- Public transport
- Parks and reserves
- Restaurants and shops
- Government departments
For more information on the Human Rights Act and breastfeeding click here »Women’s Health Action has developed a dedicated Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces website www.bfw.org.nz »It provides Information for women returning to work including information on expressing and storing breast-milk, women’s stories and guidance on negotiating with their employers. The website also provides information for employers including the business benefits of being breastfeeding friendly and information regarding legislation. It also addresses some common employer concerns associated with implementing breastfeeding friendly policies and practice.Employers and employer organisations seeking support to implement breastfeeding friendly workplaces can contact Women’s Health Action at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 09 5205295.