The Strategic Effort to Ensure Successful Breastfeeding Practice in the Workplace: An Indonesian Expert Opinion

Ray Wagiu Basrowi1, 2, *, Febriansyah Darus3, I Gusti Ayu Nyoman Partiwi4, 5, Luciana B. Sutanto6, Astrid Sulistomo1, Dewi Sumaryani Soemarko1, Erika Wasito2, Tonny Sundjaya2, Dessy Pratiwi2
1 Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
2 Medical Scientific Affairs Department, Danone Specialized Nutrition Indonesia, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
3 Department of Obstetric Gynecology, Presidential Hospital, Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD), Jakarta, Indonesia
4 Bunda Mother and Child Hospital (RSIA Bunda), Jakarta, Indonesia
5 Indonesia Pediatric Society (IDAI), Jakarta, Indonesia
6 Indonesia Nutrition Association, Jakarta, Indonesia

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Breastfeeding has benefits for both the child and the mother. However, breastfeeding can be a challenge for working mothers due to inadequate time and space for expressing breastmilk, employer perceptions of reduced productivity, regulations prohibiting children in the workplace, and the lack of childcare close to the workplace.


The experts from different backgrounds were invited to provide their views on this matter. This report summarizes the discussion of multidisciplinary experts on the recommendations about breastfeeding practices for mothers and the workplace.


Improving education and knowledge, implementing a lactation promotion model, seeking information, and making plans and arrangements are recommended for successful breastfeeding practices.


The aspects of the lactation promotion model can be the key to successful breastfeeding for working mothers.

Keywords: Breastfeeding, Workplace, Expert consensus, Working mothers, Multidisciplinary experts, Lack of childcare.