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Culture and Working with Parents

Developing Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare - A research study and recommendations arising from the research

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breastfeeding1Report to the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust, April 2003.

The project consisted of two stages. Stage One, which was prepared by Judith Galtry and Marcia Annandale, examined ways in which New Zealand workplaces might become more breastfeeding-friendly and was aimed at employers.

Stage Two (this report) consisted of a small-scale, exploratory study examining support for breastfeeding within two New Zealand childcare centres and outlining a set of preliminary, draft guidelines for “breastfeeding-friendly” childcare.

Stage One of this project contains material that is also relevant to the issue of breastfeeding-friendly childcare. It has a series of sections examining: the international legislative background, including New Zealand's international treaty obligations with implications for the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding; the national legislative and policy framework, including parental leave legislation, human rights law and equal employment opportunities considerations; as well as practical considerations for employers with regard to establishing breastfeeding-friendly workplaces.

The objectives of the second stage of the project (the focus of this report) were:

  1. To present case studies of two New Zealand childcare centres seeking to improve support for breastfeeding and identifying possible barriers and solutions. 
  2. To produce a set of draft guidelines for early childhood services and childcare centre administrators on the benefits and practicalities of supporting mothers in paid employment or studying, taking into consideration the national and international literature in this area. The purpose of the objective was to help to advance the goal of equal employment opportunity for women in New Zealand.

To read a copy of the full report and guidelines for early childhood services click on the report link here Breastfeeding report  

 

Further information 

ECE breastfeeding-friendly checklist - assess your service and see what you need to do to improve it for breastfeeding support

 

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