Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed a baby and has important health benefits for both the mother and the baby. Breast milk contains optimally balanced nutrition for the growth and development of the baby.
How much Breastfeeding is adequate?
As a global public health recommendation, infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development, and health.
WHO and UNICEF recommend:
Despite knowing all these, a woman returning to work has several challenges and they must be tackled differently.
What should a new Working Mother know?
Women must realize that they have to be determined not to give up breastfeeding when they get back to work and that they can successfully combine breastfeeding with their work.
Support and encouragement to working mothers and raising awareness of breastfeeding are necessary.
A woman can discuss with her employer in advance, maybe in writing also, so that they can together make preparations.
A working woman has several options on this front. She can
How can employers support Breastfeeding?
Proposals should be made for employers to make workplaces mother-friendly and their help and support to the employed woman to continue breastfeeding are needed. There should be policies for mothers who are returning to work to make it easier for them to breastfeed and to deal with the career demand at the same time.
Employers can have a system to support breastfeeding that includes:
Supporting breastfeeding has business benefits too. These include:
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