Many women who return to work from maternity leave are still breastfeeding. We want to see breastfeeding risk assessments, flexible adjustments to work arrangements, suitable rest facilities to breastfeed or express and dedicated paid breastfeeding breaks. These arrangements are embraced in some schools and colleges, but they are not the norm. Too many breastfeeding women are facing degrading and humiliating treatment at work.
A guide on your rights at work as a breastfeeding mother and recommended actions for you to take to before, during and after your maternity leave.
A sample notice to your employer that you are still breastfeeding asking for safe and appropriate arrangements at work.
A model risk assessment to protect the health and safety of breastfeeding women at work.
A sample notice from a workplace rep seeking appropriate facilities and arrangements to support new mothers who are still breastfeeding.
The aim of this model policy on breastfeeding women at work is to provide a framework that schools can adopt to secure risk assessment, suitable rest facilities, flexible adjustments and breastfeeding breaks for new mothers at work.
NEU reps can use this checklist to support new mothers and make your workplace breastfeeding-ready.
Breastfeeding women at work – a call to action
The NEU is calling on all employers to uphold breastfeeding women’s rights at work.
A campaign poster outlining the NEU’s key demands for breastfeeding women at work.
A checklist on how you can, as a leader, adopt good practice to accommodate, support and retain breastfeeding women at your school or college.