NTUC U Family calls for office building owners and employers to provide suitable nursing rooms spaces at workplaces that are shielded from view and free from intrusion and also to render reasonable break time for female employees to express their breast milk.
Map of Public Nursing Rooms in Singapore
Based on internal findings done by NTUC U Family, there are currently 109 public nursing rooms available across the island as at March 2013. Most of which are located in shopping malls, hospitals, hotels and tourist attractions. There is a lack of public lactation facilities in Singapore for example the Central Business District (CBD) area, Changi Business Park and One North Business Park.
Design Guidelines for Workplace Lactation Rooms
The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) introduced design guidelines for lactation rooms in workplaces in its Code on Accessibility for the Built Environment 2013. Recommendations on what lactation rooms in workplaces should be equipped with and an example of a lactation room design at the workplace can be found in the code.
Please clickHERE to read more about the design guidelines for lactation rooms.
Funding for Public Lactation Facilities in Office Buildings
The WorkPro Work-Life Grant provides funding and incentives for organisations to create and sustain a more supportive environment for Singaporeans to form and raise families. Employers can be co-funded up to 50% (capped at $20,000) for selected employee support schemes such as building lactation facilities.
Office building owners, management corporation and developers can also tap on the Work-Life Grant for building lactation facilities in office buildings.