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Paid breastfeeding breaks for States employees

The States' new policy applies for a year from when the child is born. Credit: ITV Channel TV

New mothers who work for Jersey States will get paid breastfeeding breaks, starting in September.

The Social Security Minister wants all employers to provide facilities and time for breastfeeding or expressing milk.

The States' new policy applies for a year from when the child is born.

Currently there are less than 10 requests a year from returning mothers who want to express milk or breastfeed at work, according to the Government of Jersey.

These changes to the Maternity Policy will take effect from 1st September, and all managers will be reminded that facilities for breastfeeding and expressing milk must be provided and accommodated when requested by a returning mother.

This reflects the Government’s commitment to support the UNICEF initiative on breastfeeding.

– Connétable Richard Buchanan, Deputy Chair of the SEB