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  • Under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld), workplaces must ensure that they do not discriminate against people on the basis of parental status, family responsibilities or breastfeeding status. The employee is entitled to access a suitable place to breastfeed or express

  • We call it a family room – so as well as breast feeding, you could bring a (mildly) ill child in briefly if you need to complete something urgent. A desk, a comfy chair, a small bed, and a first aid kit. And it’s got blinds so you can’t see in.

  • It has been a while since I worked a payed job but even 30 yrs ago there was a room made available for a fellow worker. It was an investigation room and had a chair and a sink.

  • I wish it did. My work place isnt very pregnancy/mum friendly. I would love to work for s company who understood how important this is

  • No breastfeeding room at my workplace, but there is a breastfeeding policy that allows lactating mothers to have 2 paid 30 minute lactation breaks up until the child reaches 2 years of age. I take my breaks at the start and at the end of my shift effectively working an hour less but getting paid the same.

  • No, but our union is working on getting one. My workplace isn’t child friendly but people visiting often have babies

  • Nope, I’m not allowed to take my daughter to work with me so it wouldn’t be necessary. When I express I have to go into a back office and close the door.

  • No we have a tea room which is private and also a private back area which can be enclosed with a door

  • Nope and they never will. They went very flexible even though we have 4 new mums

  • We don’t have one but as I was the first person in over 3 years to get pregnant it possibly isn’t needed. There are just under 300 staff.

  • My uni did, it was just an Alicia red room with a sink. Another workplace didn’t but they always let me know which closed office was free to use. Always ask they’ll provide something

  • None of the organisations I’ve worked for do. In the past I left work in lunch breaks just so I could breast feed. It’d be great if they could be more accommodating but there was at least one workplace I rather would not have anyway.

  • Even some Public Hospitals don’t have breastfeeding rooms. The staff do so in the staff room. There is oftem a slow turnover of patients in cubicle because of the treatment needed and if accident victims come in there is often no empty cubicles
    Even if Mums consider the room inadequate at least they have one, especially in older buildings.

  • My workplace say they support this in a large organisation, however we don’t really hear much about it and how it will be supported.

  • Glad to read that the sick bay room is renamed the Mothers Room. :)

  • Mine does! It was the “sick bay” room before which had a bed if tiu wanted to lie down.. Now it has a fridge so Mamas can store breast milk and has been renamed Mothers Room :)

  • The breast feeding rooms I have seen have always been grossly inadequate and unpleasant.

  • I have never, ever been employed by a Company that provides a breastfeeding room including companies owned by women who had babies whilst working.
    I believe forward thinking companies that like to attract women to their workplace like Blackmores do provide a crèche so they MAY provide a breastfeeding room.

  • No, none of the places I have ever worked in have :(

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