Should Breastfeeding Mums Get Paid Breaks At Work?

25 February 2015

Breastfeeding Mum

Here's one to put the cat among the pigeons.

Should breastfeeding mothers get paid breaks to enable them to feel their babies whilst they're at work?

That's the subject of a Parliamentary report, published this week, which outlined that mothers need greater support in the workplace in order to ensure that more mothers opt to breastfeed their babies.

So, in the interests of child health, do you think it's a good idea to 'pay' breastfeeding mums in this way? Also mentioned in the report is that mothers who are breastfeeding their babies should have access to adequate facilities for both breastfeeding a baby and storing breastmilk whilst at work.

Speaking personally, I can't quite wrap my head around how this would work, although I don't think it's any bad thing to say that workplaces should be more welcoming of returning mums. But is the person caring for the baby expected to bring the baby to the mother's place of work for every feed? It seems like a logistical nightmare - and yet that shouldn't be a reason not to make better provision for returning mothers in the workplace.

And is it really the case that a paid break at work is going to persuade more mothers to breastfeed than would otherwise do so? I doubt it.

Also, what about bottle-feeding mums? Shouldn't they also be afforded the same treatment? Why should a breast-feeding mother get breaks to feed her baby but a bottle-feeding mum not?

Critics of the plan have said that allowing mothers breaks of up to two hours per day to feed their babies will cost businesses greatly.

What's your view? 

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