Breastfeed and the workplace
However, the Code of Good Practice fails to address a few important points such as whether:
- breaks for expressing will be paid or unpaid;
- the time period how long an employer should allow the employee to take these breaks to express breastmilk; and
- whether the employer should make provision for the storing and refrigeration of expressed breastmilk.
It is important that the employer and employee are on the same page. Communication plays a vital role and employers must take care to consult with employees regarding the above and agree on the way forward. Culture, gender, values, beliefs, etc. of all parties should also be taken into consideration in the communication process to ensure effective communication.
The Code of Good Practice serves as a guideline for employers to follow. However, by creating a supportive environment for breastfeeding mothers in the workplace, the employer promotes the health of employees and their babies.
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