By Angela Dorizas
The Queensland Government has introduced a new breastfeeding policy for its public service, providing paid lactation breaks and a private, clean breastfeeding space for working mothers.
Premier Anna Bligh said the new policy, developed in conjunction with Queensland Health and the Public Service Commission, would apply to all government employees.
“This policy is about giving new mums some assurance and dignity in Queensland Government workplaces and allowing them to continue to care for their precious new babies,” Ms Bligh said.
“What is also irrefutable – particularly for working mums who these days are returning to their employment only a handful of months after giving birth – is that breastfeeding can be extremely inconvenient in the workplace.
“Under this new policy, our government commits to fostering a supporting work environment for employees who choose to breastfeed by providing private and clean and hygienic spaces that are signed and able to be locked and where mums can either feed their children or express milk.”
Ms Bligh said where possible lactation breaks of up to one hour would be provided and if more time was required flexible work or leave arrangements would be implemented.
The implementation of the new policy coincided with World Breastfeeding Week, held from 1-7 August.
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