This map tells us whether women are guaranteed the right to breaks for breastfeeding upon their return to work after childbirth, requiring workplaces to provide at least unpaid time for a mother to feed her infant or express milk.
- Breastfeeding breaks are commonly guaranteed for a set length of time determined either by a number of months after returning to work or by a child’s age. For comparability, we show the length as the child’s age. If legislation specifies a length of time permitted to breastfeed after the mother returns to work and the mother is also entitled to paid maternal leave, the age shown is the sum of post-birth paid maternal leave and the breastfeeding break entitlement. For example, if a mother is entitled to 3 months of post-birth paid maternity leave and 4 months of breastfeeding breaks once she returns to work (7 months total), we show that she is entitled to breastfeeding breaks until the child is 6-11.9 months old.
- The World Health Organization recommends at least 6 months of breastfeeding.