Expert Comment On Breastfeeding In The Workplace

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Expert comment on breastfeeding in the workplace –


The problems faced by women trying to combine work with breastfeeding have

been highlighted by the case of a NSW police employee who was allegedly forced

to work overtime for every minute she spent expressing breastmilk.


The Public Service Association has launched action in the industrial court today

after claiming the woman was one of thousands of new mothers in the public

service denied proper facilities for breastfeeding.


How well do Australian workplaces deal with employees who are breastfeeding?


What does the research show about the benefits to business of supporting

breastfeeding mothers who return to work?


How can supporting breastfeeding in the workplace assist a company’s bottom

line?


RMIT University’s Dr Jennifer James is an expert on breastfeeding and human

lactation.


Dr James has frequently commented on strategies to support breastfeeding and

infant nutrition.


She is a Lecturer and Course Coordinator in the Department of Nursing and

Midwifery at RMIT, where she teaches and coordinates the Graduate Certificate in

Midwifery, Graduate Diploma in Midwifery, Masters of Midwifery and the Graduate

Certificate in Professional Lactation Consultancy. 


Dr James has acted as the consumer representative on the Advisory Panel on the

Marketing in Australia of Infant Formula (APMAIF) and has extensive clinical

experience.


She is currently Vice-President of the Australian Lactation Consultants'

Association.

 

Dr James is available for interview.


For interviews: RMIT University’s Dr Jennifer James, 0411 409 375.


For general media enquiries: RMIT University Communications, Gosia

Kaszubska, (03) 9925 3176 or 0417 510 735.

10 September, 2009






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