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RAAF breastfeeding changes

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The air force is aspiring to become more welcoming to Australian service women by providing breastfeeding facilities.

Squadron Leader Kelley Stewart of Royal Australian Air Force headquarters says it’s part of the air force’s approach to encouraging and supporting diversity in the workforce.

“We understand that supporting our women with this healthy behaviour when they return from maternity leave is a win-win-win situation for the mother, the baby and for the air force,” she said in a statement on Thursday.

Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace consultant Virginia Millard said workplaces needed to change.

“If we want women to be active participants in the workplace after they have had children, we have to be ready and willing to change the workplace to ensure they can combine their roles as mothers and employees,” she said.