Why be breastfeeding friendly?

Breastfeeding friendly workplaces demonstrate best practice in supporting breastfeeding women's continued participation in the workforce.

As a breastfeeding friendly workplace your organisation will:

  • Be a market leader
  • Increase productivity
  • Significantly reduce parental absenteeism
  • Improve employee morale and loyalty
  • Preserve skills and experience
  • Enhance your public image
  • Be known as an employer of choice

All it takes is some flexible work practices, good communication, a supportive culture and where possible, a little bit of space.

Why achieve Certification?

Certification adds value to meeting legislative obligations through independent endorsement of a high standard of practice.

Complying with the Employment Relations (Breaks, Infant Feeding and Other Matters) Amendment Act can be another time consuming task for your human resources staff. 

Registering for Certification will:

  • Save time
  • Save money
  • Add value
  • Receive external recognition and independent quality assurance

The Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces Certification process provides a step-by-step guide to not only meeting the minimum legislative requirements, but also ensuring you get all the benefits of being breastfeeding friendly.


Through the certification process, the Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces project team can assist employers to introduce and maintain policies and practices which support breastfeeding employees with minimal disruption.

See also Breastfeeding and Work in this section and The Business Case in the Employer's Section.