Today ends the World Breastfeeding Week – it is celebrated in more than 170 countries to encourage the practice and improve the health of babies.
Marking the occasion, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) highlights the importance of allowing breastfeeding at the workplace.
Allowing breastfeeding at work is good for mothers and their infants, and it’s good for employers, the ILO said.
“The right to continue breastfeeding – upon return to work from maternity leave – is important for the health of the mother and especially for that of her child,” said Manuela Tomei, who heads the ILO Labour Protection Department.
“Employers who give mothers the time to breastfeed, and designate a place where they can do so in hygienic conditions, benefit in terms of increased productivity as a result of lower parental absence on account of improved child health, a higher rate of return to work and enhanced employee morale,” Tomei said.
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