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South Africans, Do You Know Your Rights on Breastfeeding?

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Many women return to work while still breastfeeding. After all, breast milk is the best for your baby, as it builds nutritious bodies and brains. However, when returning to work, many women give up breastfeeding, concerned about lack of empathy and privacy from employers.

This doesn’t have to be the case. Did you know South African laws protect your right to breastfeed in the workplace? Here’s everything you need to know!

The Code of Good Practice on the Protection of Employees during Pregnancy and after the Birth of a Child guarantees breaks for breastfeeding moms. This means all women who are returning to work can take up to two 30 minute breaks every day for breastfeeding or expressing purposes until their child is six months old.

Breastfeeding benefits everyone, from baby to business! Breastfed babies are healthier and smarter, while supportive work environments for breastfeeding moms encourage happier and more productive employees.

Breastfeeding provides the best start in life. More needs to be done to promote and support breastfeeding, and it starts with knowing your rights. For more information on your rights to breastfeed in the workplace, visit the department of labour here.

Breastfeeding is the smart choice and an investment in your child’s future. Breastfeed for as long as you are able to and help your child Grow Great!

The information provided here has been adapted from the South African National Department of Health’s Workplace: Breastfeeding Resource Pack.