Supporting employees to breastfeed can have benefits for your employer too, such as:
- reduced staff absence due to child sickness as breastfed babies recover quicker from illnesses
- happier employees with higher moral and loyalty to their employer after having a baby
- improved recruitment from those potential employees who see them as a considerate employer
- more employees returning after leave which lowers their recruitment and training costs.
You can let your employer know in writing that you’ll be breastfeeding when you return to work. Employers have an obligation to create a plan to support you to do that including a specific risk assessment.
Employers should provide a private, healthy and safe environment for breastfeeding mothers to express and store milk, although they are not legally obligated to do so. However, the Health and Safety Executive does state that toilets are not a suitable place to express.
Maternity Action has some useful information about negotiating with your employer when you return to work.