Learn about support for breastfeeding at work

17 Aug 2023

UNSW recognises the importance and benefits of breastfeeding at work.

Supportive workplaces are essential in ensuring parents are not only able to transition smoothly back to work but have access to facilities and breaks they need.

UNSW understands that many parents will return to work while they continue to breastfeed. UNSW also supports parents in the LGBTIQ+ community in breastfeeding, chest feeding and human milk feeding their children.

Returning to work from parental leave can be challenging. UNSW aims to support parents during this time by providing private facilities for them to breastfeed or express milk, and for them to be supported by a flexible and understanding working environment. 

Australian federal law refers to breastfeeding as a right, not a privilege. This means it is unlawful to discriminate against a person because they are breastfeeding. 

Parents’ rooms at Kensington and Canberra

A person who is breastfeeding may do so anywhere they like. At UNSW, a person who is breastfeeding may also choose to visit one of the parents' rooms located at our Kensington and Canberra campuses. These rooms are open to students, staff and visitors.

Find out where and how to access parents’ rooms on the UNSW Kensington and Canberra campuses.

UNSW has Best Practice accreditation

The University is accredited as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace, and UNSW's Breastfeeding Guidelines seek to accommodate the needs of employees within the context of the needs of the University and individual work units.  

The Breastfeeding Guidelines outline UNSW’s commitment to providing employees flexibility to take lactation breaks during their workday. You can negotiate them with your manager. Learn more about Flexible Work.

Learn more about how UNSW supports parents on the EDI website, and join the Parents & Families Network on Teams to stay up to date with resources, seminars, grants and other opportunities.