POSITIVE EXPERIENCE: Tahnee Christensen and her son utilising the workplace facilities.
POSITIVE EXPERIENCE: Tahnee Christensen and her son utilising the workplace facilities.

Coast business gives new option for working mum

FOR many new mums, the decision on when to return to work can be a difficult one.

But this may all be about to change, with a new workplace initiative giving working mums the flexibility to breastfeed in the workplace among other opportunities to help make the transition easier.

Maurice Blackburn Maroochydore has recently taken the initiative on board and become ABA accredited as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace.

One of their solicitors, Tahnee Christensen, has taken up the opportunity and said she really felt like the office went above and beyond for her.

"I came back from maternity leave in September last year,” she said.

"During that time and while I was on leave they made sure I had access to online tools to ensure I kept up to date.

"When I came back to work they had become accredited as a breastfeeding workplace.”

Tahnee said she then went through a vigorous consultation process to ensure everything was in place for her upon her return.

"They made sure they got screens and signs to ensure I could easily feed or express in privacy,” she said.

"Reception knew when I was expressing so no calls would get put through to me at that time.”

Tahnee said prior to returning the prospects of a work/life balance concerned her but this was put to ease once she returned.

"Maurice Blackburn has a large majority of females in their workforce,” she said.

"They sent me many packages on ways they could support me.

"They really facilitated my return to work.”

Tahnee said it was absolutely crucial for workplaces to support women throughout this transition.

"In my circumstance my little boy has recurrent health issues so it's important I breastfeed for as long as possible,” she said.

"It's important mothers going back to work don't feel as though they have to risk the health of their child.

"It shouldn't be a choice.”


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