The World Health Organisation recommends that infants be breastfed exclusively for the first six months of life and continue to be breastfed along with the introduction of complementary foods, for up to two years of age or beyond.


Being a breastfeeding and working parent can have its challenges, but a supportive workplace and having the resources you require can make a big difference. In this section of the website you can find information about breastfeeding and working, along with resources designed to support employees. There are Women's Stories to provide an insight into the types of situations that help, or not, breastfeeding parents returning to work.

There are tips on how to prepare prior to maternity leave/returning to work in the Planning Ahead section, along with tips on conversations to have with your employer in the Negotiating Support section. For information on expressing and storing breastmilk, see the Expressing Breastmilk section


World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (

Australian Breastfeeding Association (

La Leche League (

Jane's Breastfeeding Resources (

Kellymom (


Many of the support systems for breastfeeding mothers are just as valuable for parents returning to work who formula feed their baby and want to maintain the attachment established during maternity leave. You may want to negotiate with your employer to take regular breaks to feed your baby at work or to visit your baby during the day.

Try to have open and honest conversations with your employer about your wishes to continue feeding your baby in person once you return to work. Use the resources in the (employees section) of this website to assist you negotiating with your employer.

Here is a comprehensive guide to feeding formula to your baby if this is what you choose to do: