What are the health and safety requirements for breastfeeding employees?
Employers must identify, assess and control hazards for breastfeeding employees and their children. This will include consideration of any environmental contaminants that might be a source of harm.
In some situations, suitable alternative work may be appropriate until breastfeeding ceases.
When a baby or young child is brought into the workplace for breastfeeding, it is good employment practice to enable the mother to do so in an appropriate space (provided the workplace is safe for children). Not all workplaces are appropriate for infants, however, due to occupational health and safety concerns. If there is any doubt, advice may need to be sought from an appropriate occupational health and safety professional or the woman's lead maternity carer.
For information on employment rights Infant feeding - an overview on the Department of Labour website.
Date Modified: Wednesday, 13 June 2012
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