Returning to work

The Department of Health and World Health Organisation recommend that mothers should be supported to breastfeed and that baby should receive no other food or drink for the first 6 months of life other than breastmilk.

If you are returning to work and still breastfeeding you are entitled to be supported by your employer.

Employees - what you must do:

  • Provide written notification before you return to work that you are breastfeeding and that you wish to continue to do so
  • State whether your baby will be coming to you at work, you will go to your baby or you intend to express your milk and your baby will not come onto the premises
  • Meet and put a plan in place with your line manager

Employers - what you must do:

  • Conduct a risk assessment
  • Provide a suitable environment for the breastfeeding mother to nurse and/or express.  The room should preferably have a comfortable chair and should be clean and private.  Toilets are not suitable for this purpose.
  • It is recommended that you provide a place for breastfeeding mothers to store expressed milk
  • You should be prepared to be flexible with respect to working patterns when a breastfeeding mother returns to work.  Time off to feed and express milk should be agreed at the return to work discussion

Employers, for further information read the ACAS guide "Accommodating breastfeeding employees in the workplace"


Cheshire East Residents only:

Cherubs Helpline     (9am - 5pm Mon - Fri):  03001234579

Leighton Hospital Crewe: 01270 612287

Macclesfield District General Hospital: 01625 661153



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