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Return to work and breastfeeding: The role of the employer

Did you know that workplaces have a responsibility to support employees who continue breastfeeding their children after they return to work? The Ontario Human Rights Commission protects a woman’s right to breastfeed anytime, anywhere and this protection includes the right to accommodation in the work place so that breastfeeding can continue after she returns to work. [PF1] 1,2

Project Health has created an easy to use toolkit to help employers fulfill this responsibility and it includes:

  • Simple actions and activities
  • Sample checklists to help assess what can be done at the workplace to support breastfeeding employees
  • Tips for developing a breastfeeding accommodation policy
  • Tips for managers and supervisors
  • Employee resources

To access this toolkit, please visit Creating a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Strategy.3

If you would like more information on breastfeeding in the workplace, please visit our Project Health website, or contact Project Health at or call 519-575-4400 (TTY 519-575-4608).


1.  Ontario Human Rights Commission. Pregnancy and breastfeeding (brochure) [Internet]. [Place unknown]; 2012. [cited 2016 May 9].  Available from

2.  Ontario Human Rights Commission. Duty to accommodate [Internet]. [Place unknown]; 2014. [cited 2016 May 9].  Available from

3.  Region of Waterloo. Creating a breastfeeding friendly workplace strategy:  A toolkit for employers [Internet].  Waterloo:  ON; 2015. [cited 2016 May 10]. Available from