Breastfeeding at Work

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. 

In Australia, breastfeeding mothers have the right (under law) to breastfeed anywhere. At UNSW, breastfeeding mothers may also choose to access one of the parents' rooms located at our Kensington and Canberra campuses. Women who would prefer to use a parents' room to breastfeed, can find one in the section below.

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.

Staff, students & visitors who wish to use a parents' room, can find one below

Parents' rooms on Kensington campus:
  • Upper campus - Morven Brown parents' room, G51 (Map Ref C20) & Biological Sciences parent's room, G003, Ground Floor (Map Ref E26)
  • Middle campus - Room 1Q09, Level 1, Ainsworth Building (Map Ref J17)
  • Lower campus - Basement, Room B40, Science and Engineering Building (Map Ref E8)
To arrange access (above rooms only):
  • To arrange access to the rooms above, please contact Security Systems on 9385 7978 or Alternatively contact Workplace Diversity on 9385 2732, or email
  • Provide your staff/student zID
  • Note: visitors (as well as staff and students) can request a temporary access pass
The above rooms have restricted access to ensure a breastfeeding mother’s privacy and security. Each room contains a comfy chair, access to a refrigerator, convenient powerpoint, hand washing facilities and a breastpump storage area.
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