Employers under pressure to offer breastfeeding breaks at work

Employers are to be petitioned to offer to breastfeeding breaks for new mothers during the working day.

The official launch of the Breastfeeding Manifesto will take place on Wednesday, when campaigners will request that the government introduces legislation to protect mothers who breastfeed babies in public and at work.

Number four of the manifesto’s seven objectives is: ‘Work with employers to create a supportive environment for breastfeeding mothers.’ The document states that guidelines currently do not provide sufficient protection for women returning to work who would like to continue to breastfeed and calls on the government to legislate for breastfeeding breaks in line with some other European countries.

The Breastfeeding Manifesto aims to improve awareness of the health benefits of breastfeeding.The intention is to ensure that its principles are reflected in government policy and legislation in the UK.

The manifesto has already received support from 180 members of parliament and numerous unions and royal colleges among other organisations.†