Support for breastfeeding

We support all mothers on their decision to breastfeed or bottle feed their babies. For employees who are breastfeeding, returning to work can limit the length of time that breastfeeding is possible.

Breastfeeding and work

You can bring your baby to work to breastfeed. If possible, arrange for the baby’s carer to bring the baby to you at work. For more information, refer to children on campus.

Support we offer

Our support for breastfeeding at work can benefit employees and their work teams by:

  • giving the employee more flexibility on how long to breastfeed their child
  • supporting a successful return to work after parental leave
  • reducing absenteeism
  • encouraging positive working relations
  • reinforcing our commitment to work/life balance.

Your options

You have several options to allow you to breastfeed your baby, including:

  • delaying your return to work until your baby can go without breastfeeds during your work time
  • returning to work part-time for a temporary period while still breastfeeding
  • using onsite childcare so you can breastfeed your baby at work
  • having the baby’s carer bring him/her to work for breastfeeds
  • expressing breast milk at work.

Under work health and safety legislation, a breastfeeding mother is entitled to a safe workplace that does not place her or her baby in danger. If you think there might be a risk, you may want to consult your health care provider or early childhood nurse. Please discuss any changes that need to be made with your manager.

Parenting and family rooms

You can access parenting rooms on some campuses. If you don't have a room close by, you should discuss your needs with your manager to find a suitable alternative.

Albury-Wodonga

Location and roomBaby change facilitySuitable for breastfeeding/expressing
Murray Children’s Centre: Building 711, Room 113 Yes Yes
Learning Commons: Building 753, Room 119 Yes Yes - Glass walls with approximately 90% frosted markings. Fridge available

Bathurst

Location and roomBaby change facilitySuitable for breastfeeding/expressing
Parent’s Room: Building 1413 Yes Yes
Learning Commons: Building 1412, Rooms 311/312 Yes Yes - Fridge in Learning Commons kitchen
Mitchell Early Learning Centre: Building 1438 Yes - Only for children using the centre Yes - Only for children using the centre

Dubbo

Location and roomBaby change facilitySuitable for breastfeeding/expressing
Parent’s Room: Building 901, Room 306 Yes Yes - Fridge in Learning Commons kitchen

Orange

Location and roomBaby change facilitySuitable for breastfeeding/expressing
Learning Commons: Building 1005, Room 232 No - Change table available in room 202 The room has no privacy. Fridge in Learning Commons kitchen.

Wagga Wagga

Location and roomBaby change facilitySuitable for breastfeeding/expressing
Learning Commons: Building 13, Room 138 Yes Incomplete privacy. Fridge in Learning Commons kitchen.
Parent’s Room; Graham Building 229 Yes Yes - Fridge available
CSU-Riverina Children’s Centre: Building 461 Yes - Only for children using the centre Yes - Only for children using the centre

Preparing to come back to work

As soon as you know what you need, it's a good idea to make childcare arrangements on campus (if available). Places are highly sought-after, so it's best to make these arrangements as soon as you know you're pregnant. This will make it easier for you to breastfeed your child at work instead of expressing.

Plan in advance how you'd like to come back to work and continue to breastfeed. We suggest you talk with your healthcare provider and explore the options.

Lactation breaks

We provide reasonable flexibility for lactation breaks during the work day, taking into account the operational requirements of the area. This could include:

  • flexible starting and finishing times
  • use of accrued flexi-leave
  • time off for you to express breast milk or breastfeed your baby on campus
  • allowing lunch and/or other breaks to coincide with feeding times and/or be extended
  • a short period of time to return home for purposes of feeding.

A combination of breaks in paid time and flexi-time can be negotiated with your supervisor, using any of the options above.

The International Labour Organisation recommends two thirty-minute breaks in an eight-hour shift for breastfeeding mothers on top of normal breaks. However, the number of breaks required will vary depending on the age and needs of the individual child.

Negotiating breastfeeding breaks

Contact your manager as soon as you're certain of your intentions to continue breastfeeding when you return to work. In this discussion, you should explore:

  • suitable space for you to breastfeed and/or express
  • arrangements regarding lactation breaks.

These arrangements should be reviewed regularly as your baby’s needs change and to take account of the operational requirements of the area.

Concerns

If you're concerned about breastfeeding at work, you can contact the HR Service Centre to be referred to the most appropriate person to address your concern.

In the event of any discrepancy between this website and the Enterprise Agreement or relevant Policy/Procedure/Guidelines, the terms of the Agreement or Policy/Procedure/Guidelines will prevail.

More information

In the first instance, you should seek information from your health care provider or early childhood nurse.

Australian Breastfeeding Association

Access a wealth of information on breastfeeding and the National Breastfeeding Helpline.

Breastfeeding Policy

The policy outlines our approach to breastfeeding on CSU campuses.