Supporting breastfeeding mothers

The University supports staff and students to balance work and study with family and caring responsibilities.

As part of this commitment, the ANU campus is a breastfeeding-friendly space and mothers have access to breastfeeding facilities in various locations across campus. Please refer to the Campus Map in the related resources.

The Work, study and family responsibility policy sets out a range of things to consider in order to ensure inclusion of staff and students with family responsibilities.

In addition, the Breastfeeding procedure refers to a range of flexible work arrangements for staff that may be negotiated to support breastfeeding mothers in their return to work.

Local areas can also contribute to supporting breastfeeding mothers by either designating facilities in their area or providing access to a private place to breastfeed or express milk. The Breastfeeding procedure contains guidance on what to include in rooms designated for breastfeeding. There is also guidance available from the Australian Breastfeeding association (see related links).

Discrimination against breastfeeding women in employment or education is unlawful as a form of sex discrimination under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Commonwealth) and the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT).

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