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Breastfeeding at study or work leaflet

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Published by the Department of Health and the Baby Friendly Initiative, this leaflet provides mothers with information about continuing to breastfeed when going back to work or study.

Going back to study or work may be the first time you have been separated from your baby for long periods. Continuing to breastfeed helps to keep the close relationship you’ve built up, providing your baby with extra comfort and security for as long as you both want.

You don’t need to stop breastfeeding just because you’re returning to study or work. Many women find ways to continue breastfeeding their baby – and employers have certain obligations towards breastfeeding women.

The last section in this leaflet sets out how employers can make it easier for you to do so – show this leaflet to your employer.

For free printed copies please contact the Department of Health orderline. Please note that printed copies are not available from Unicef UK.

Visit ACAS to find out more about pregnancy and maternity rights, as well as breastfeeding at work.

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