Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work

Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work

I returned to work part-time when my babies were only 6 months old.  I did lots of pumping during coffee breaks and made quick trips to the babysitter’s at lunch hour to breastfeed. Fortunately, I had a supportive workplace. My manager made sure I knew that my union had negotiated an extra 15 minute break for breastfeeding moms. Not all working moms have such an understanding manager!   — Jana


The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action would like every employed mother to have this kind of support. They are using World Breastfeeding Week to call for global action in supporting women to combine breastfeeding and work.

“Whether a woman is working in the formal, non-formal or home setting, it is necessary that she is empowered in claiming her and her baby’s right to breastfeed.” (Read the document in full here.)


Learn about the government policies already in place in Canada and the USA:

Pregnancy Parenting and the Workplace (Canada)

Support for Breastfeeding in the Workplace (USA)

Breastfeeding Laws (USA)

As World Breastfeeding Week draws to a close, take a few minutes to tell us how you combined breastfeeding and work.



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Cindy and Jana are Registered Nurses and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants who have assisted over 20,000 families.


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