Expressing breaks

Employers are required by law to provide somewhere for breastfeeding mothers to ‘rest’, but they are not obliged to provide facilities for expressing and storing milk. My employer was excellent at accommodating my request for a longer break in order to express, and I felt supported in my choice to do so. It should be mandatory for employers to provide space and time specifically for mothers to express milk for their babies, without a limit on the age of the baby.

Why the contribution is important

Providing mothers with breaks and expressing facilities benefits babies and mothers, the mother feels supported and cared about by her employer. In turn, this creates a feeling of goodwill towards the employer from the mother which benefits the employer.

by LibraryMum on March 19, 2018 at 07:25PM

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Average score : 5.0
Based on : 4 votes


  • Posted by mumofonepointfive March 20, 2018 at 13:15

    My employer (private sector) was supportive in principle of me needing to express upon my return to work. In reality the space available to do so was adequate but storage facilities were less than ideal. It was possible for me to express at work, but not a particularly comfortable experience. I completely agree that the right to express at work needs specific protection at law.
  • Posted by NomesE March 22, 2018 at 19:47

    My employer was happy for me to express at work but she said it had to be in my break time and wasn't willing to extend my break. As a teacher this was really tricky as pupils often want to see you at lunch and as we have half an hour it didn't leave much time to eat lunch and express.
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