Your breastfeeding journey at work

Just because you have returned to work does not mean you have to put an end to your breastfeeding journey. 

To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, Affinity Education Group is proud to introduce one of our outstanding new Assisting Educators, Alexandra Evans. This young mother walked into Tadpoles Early Learning Cashmere in Queensland looking to put her daughter Mila into care so she could return to work. Eager and interested in a career in early childhood and concerned about having to end her breastfeeding journey, she asked Centre Manager Sarah Burgess about what it takes to join the industry and how her team helps young mothers continue to breastfeed. 

It was then that Sarah saw an excellent opportunity to not only add to her staff of passionate educators, but also to create a warm and inviting space for women to continue their breastfeeding journey within the Cashmere centre. Reaching out, Sarah offered Alexandra a placement within the team and welcomed her to continue breastfeeding Mila while on staff.

Alexandra now works flexible hours, starting around 8am in the morning and finishing by 4:30 four days a week in the Nursery Room where she is able to take care of her daughter Mila and continue her breastfeeding journey.

“I am offered constant support from my team to be with Mila, and have been given this amazing opportunity to continue my breastfeeding journey with her,” Alexandra says.

“I am so lucky to work with another educator who has already been on this journey and we are able to work together to make other parents feel comfortable to also continue their journey with their children.”

“When we see a new mother come to our centre we encourage them to continue breastfeeding. They can either store their expressed milk here at the centre for their child, or they are welcome to visit as many times as they need to feed throughout the day.”



 

“I heard of so many women feeling uncomfortable and judged feeding their babies once they returned to work and put their child in care, with some even having to feed in the car. I make sure our mothers feel welcome to feed at the centre at all times.”

Alexandra says above all she values the opportunity she has been given to support other mothers to continue their breastfeeding journey even when they go back to work, as well as her chance to shine in her career alongside her daughter’s care.

All mothers of young children at our centres are encouraged to work with their management team to find a routine that benefits the centre, the mother and her child.

To find out how you might start your early childhood education journey visit our careers page or contact our friendly People and Culture team.