Breastfeeding at Work

UNSW is an accredited Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace

UNSW recognises the importance and benefits of breastfeeding, and understands that many women will return to work while they continue to breastfeed.

The University is a an accredited 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. 

UNSW is committed to providing employees with flexibility to take lactation breaks during their workday. These can be negotiated between the employee and their manager.

Find a parents' room

Parents' rooms on Kensington campus:
  • Upper campus - Room LG52, Lower Ground Floor, Morven Brown Building (Map Ref. C20)
  • Middle campus - Room 1Q09, Level 1, Ainsworth Building (Map Ref. K17)
To arrange access (above rooms only):
  • Call Workplace Diversity - ph. 9385 8354 or 9385 2732
  • Provide your staff / student zID
These rooms have restricted access for privacy and security purposes.
Parent spaces at UNSW Canberra:
  • A parents' room is located on the top floor of the Academy Library (Map Ref. 13) | Learn more
  • A parent-friendly space is also available on Level 2 of the Administration Building

Support for breastfeeding mothers

The National Breastfeeding Helpline:
  • Provides free phone counselling
  • Is available 7 days a week
  • Is staffed by trained, volunteer counsellors who answer calls on a roster system in their own homes
Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) website
The ABA website has news and information on breastfeeding, flexible work, links to useful resources and much more.

Women's room on Kensington campus:

Information for partners

The ABA website provides useful information for partners, including:
  • The benefits of breastfeeding
  • Things partners need to consider
  • The different ways partners can provide support