Are working mothers guaranteed paid options to facilitate exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months?



 

This map shows whether mothers are guaranteed leave and/or breaks that support breastfeeding an infant for at least the 6 months recommended by the World Health Organization.

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  • Paid leave for mothers includes both paid maternity leave, which is leave reserved for mothers of infants, and paid parental leave, which is leave for either parent of an infant, that can be taken by women.
  • No, none means that women are not entitled to at least 6 months of paid maternal leave or paid breastfeeding breaks at work. Women may be entitled to shorter periods of paid maternal leave or paid breastfeeding breaks, but these are too short to support the WHO recommendation of at least 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding.
  • Either maternal leave or breastfeeding breaks only means that women are either guaranteed at least 6 months of paid breastfeeding breaks, but no or less than 6 months of paid maternal leave or that women are guaranteed at least 6 months of paid maternal leave, but no or less than 6 months of paid breastfeeding breaks.
  • Both means that women are guaranteed paid maternal leave for at least 6 months and paid breastfeeding breaks for at least 6 months. This allows women who choose to return to work before the duration of their maternal leave entitlement expires to continue breastfeeding their infant.