Are mothers guaranteed breastfeeding breaks at work in your country?
The benefits of breastfeeding for the health of mothers and infants are well documented. For infants, being breastfed reduces the leading infectious risks, including diarrheal disease, respiratory illness, and meningitis, among others; markedly reduces the risk of malnutrition; and promotes neurocognitive development. For working mothers, the return to work can be a significant barrier to continuing to breastfeed. Any business that can afford to provide workers with even unpaid breaks for meals can afford to provide breaks so that a nursing mother can continue breastfeeding her child. Only 136 countries guarantee women the right to breastfeed while they are at work, requiring workplaces to provide at least unpaid time for a mother to feed her infant or express milk; 112 of these countries guarantee these breaks for at least a year.