Breastfeeding on campus

Breastfeeding / expressing facilities at Macquarie
Breastfeeding / expressing breaks for staff
Come Back Packs for staff
Breastfeeding and Returning to Work webinar
Further support and information
Your feedback

Breastfeeding / expressing facilities at Macquarie University

Whilst mothers can breastfeed anywhere on campus, Macquarie University provides dedicated parents rooms for the comfort of breastfeeding employees, students and visitors. These rooms can be used both by parents, including those who are expressing or breastfeeding on campus, and as first aid rooms.

Room Description Access
E8A 107 
First Aid / Parents Room
  • baby change table
  • a glider chair suitable for breastfeeding and a foot stool for extra comfort,
  • a table on which to place expressing equipment,
  • access to a power point for expressing equipment,
  • hot/cold running water, soap and paper towels,
  • a bar fridge for storing expressed milk
  • a microwave

The room is unlocked when not in use from Monday to Friday.

Please contact Campus Security Control Room on 9850 7112 to request access on weekends.

X5B 109
First Aid / Parents Room
  • a glider chair suitable for breastfeeding and a foot stool for extra comfort,
  • a table on which to place expressing equipment,
  • access to a power point for expressing equipment,
  • hot/cold running water, soap and paper towels,
  • a bar fridge for storing expressed milk

The room is unlocked when not in use from Monday to Friday.

Please contact Campus Security Control Room on 9850 7112 to request access on weekends.

Library First Aid/ Baby Change Room
(Level  4)
  • baby change table
  • a chair suitable for breastfeeding
  • a table on which to place expressing equipment,
  • access to a power point for expressing equipment,
  • hot/cold running water, soap and paper towels,
  • a fridge for storing expressed milk
Please ask a Library staff member for access to the room.

Mothers whose children are enrolled in Macquarie University's on-campus childcare centres (Banksia, Gumnut and Mia Mia) can breastfeed at the childcare facilities.

Women's Room can also be used for breastfeeding/expressing on campus.

Storing expressed breast milk

Breastfeeding mothers may elect to express breast milk while on campus and then take it home for their child. As other staff or students may also be expressing breast milk, it is important all milk is appropriately labeled and stored.

With these considerations in mind, all staff or students storing expressed breast milk in one of the University's parents room should:

  • Place a label with full name, date and phone number on each container used for expressed breast milk (labels are provided in each parents room).
  • Store the breast milk in a separate lidded plastic container within the fridge (a large lunchbox is suitable).
  • Remove any expressed breast milk from the fridges when leaving the campus for the day.
  • Be mindful of milk storage times and conditions. These are available on the Australian Breastfeeding Association website: www.breastfeeding.asn.au
  • Be considerate of others and leave the room in a clean and tidy state.
  • Report any problems or faults to the Equity and Diversity Unit on 9850 6488 as soon as they are noticed.

Note any breast milk that is left in the fridge overnight without a clear label will be disposed of. 

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Breastfeeding / expressing breaks for staff

Support for female staff with family responsibilities is enshrined in both Academic and Professional Staff Enterprise Agreements and Parental/Partner's Leave Policy, which provide access to paid parental leave, flexible work arrangements and breastfeeding breaks on return from parental leave.

The Parental/Partner's Leave Policy gives all nursing mothers access to additional paid breaks for expressing and storing breast milk and to breastfeed if the child is in nearby care.

Employees wishing to utilise lactation breaks should:

  • discuss and agree with their manager the duration and timing of breastfeeding/expressing breaks before the first lactation break is taken;
  • take both the organisational and personal needs into account, with a focus on minimizing disruption in the workplace, when determining the timing of breastfeeding/expressing breaks; and
  • notify their manager if their breastfeeding/expressing needs change, or cease, so any agreement (work plan) can be amended as required as the needs of the organisation change.

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Come Back Packs for staff

Are you a Macquarie staff member planning your parental leave or returning to work after parental leave? Contact the Equity and Diversity Unit to get your free Come Back Pack. It includes:

  • Breastfeeding, Women and Work booklet,
  • Tip cards - set of 4
    • 7 Helpful Hints for learning to breastfeed
    • 7 Suggestions for breastfeeding your baby - anywhere, anytime
    • 7 Helpful hints for solving breastfeeding problems
    • 7 Important facts for fathers about breastfeeding
  • Pamphlets and Brochures
    • Breastfeeding Confidence (while stocks last)
    • Alcohol and Breastfeeding: A guide for mothers
    • Online Breastfeeding Cafe Caregivers Guide to the Breastfed Baby
    • Suggestions on using an Electric Breast Pump
  • Other inclusions
    • Australian Breastfeeding Association's brochures (when available)
      • 7 day Breastfeeding Helpline fridge magnet
      • Electric Breast Pump Hire
      • Australian Breastfeeding Association Booklet titles
      • Breastfeeding Education Classes (when available)
    • Back copy of Australian Breastfeeding Association's bi-monthly magazine, Essence

To request a Come Back Pack, contact Svetlana Martynovich in the Equity and Diversity Unit on 9850 6844 or svetlana.martynovich@mq.edu.au

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Breastfeeding and Returning to Work Webinar

A webinar for mothers who want to return to work and continue to breastfeed or express breastmilk for their baby. Presented by experienced consultants from the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)'s Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces team, the webinar provides information and practical skills to assist you to successfully combine breastfeeding / expressing breastmilk and paid work. Register here.

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Further support and information

If you have any questions regarding breastfeeding facilities at Macquarie University, please contact Svetlana Martynovich in the Equity and Diversity Unit on 9850 6844 or svetlana.martynovich@mq.edu.au.

The Australian Breastfeeding Association has trained Breastfeeding Counsellors who are available to assist women with their breastfeeding concerns, and questions about how to combine breastfeeding and returning to work. They can be contacted on the toll-free number:

breastfeeding helpline 1800 mum 2 mum 1800 686 268

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Let us know your feedback

In an effort to ensure the rooms, facilities and provisions for breastfeeding mothers at Macquarie University continue to meet a high standard, we invite your feedback. Please take a moment to complete this anonymous survey.

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Contact us

Svetlana Martynovich
Equity and Diversity Unit
Level 4, Building C5C

Ph: +61 (0)2 9850 6844
F: +61 (0)2 9850 9343
E:svetlana.martynovich@mq.edu.au