The New Zealand workforce is changing. The number of women in paid work continues to increase, women are increasingly returning to work following parental leave and many employees have family responsibilities.

Ministry of Health recommends exclusively breastfeeding babies until 6 months of age. Research shows that women are more likely to continue breastfeeding for a longer period if they receive support from their employer.

See the following sections for examples of how to support breastfeeding using a multi-level approach.