ANU gives new commitment to support breastfeeding on campus

11 December 2017

ANU has given a new commitment to improving breastfeeding facilities around campus.

The commitment comes after a new report to the University from the Supporting Breastfeeding at ANU Working Group in support of breastfeeding at ANU.

ANU Pro Vice-Chancellor (University Experience) Professor Richard Baker said the University was committed to providing a family-friendly workplace.

"We want to ensure the University enables all parents to balance work and family commitments, and making sure women can access facilities for breastfeeding is an important part of that commitment," Professor Baker said.

He said ANU had made significant progress in recent years in support of breastfeeding.

The University now has eight parenting rooms with a five-star rating across campus.

The Supporting Breastfeeding at ANU Working Group has also produced materials to help mothers, including a checklist and maps of parenting rooms across campus.

Under the new commitments, ANU will seek breastfeeding accreditation from the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

The University will also develop a full breastfeeding policy across campus and ensure that building facilities consider including parenting facilities.

ANU will ensure that new parents who are returning to work are aware of the flexible working-hours policy.

Professor Baker said ANU wanted to ensure it had a culture across the University in supporting of breastfeeding mothers.