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Breastfeeding in the Workplace and The Law

MATERNITY PROTECTION (PROTECTION OF MOTHERS WHO ARE BREASTFEEDING) REGULATIONS 2004. S.I. No. 654 of 2004 . MATERNITY PROTECTION (PROTECTION OF MOTHERS WHO ARE BREASTFEEDING) REGULATIONS 2004. I, MICHAEL McDOWELL, T.D., Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 15B (inserted by section 9 of the Maternity Protection (Amendment) Act 2004 (No. 28 of 2004)) of the Maternity Protection Act 1994 (No. 34 of 1994) and the Equality and Law Reform (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order ( S.I. No. 297 of 1997 ) (as adapted by the Justice (Alteration...

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Breastfeeding in Public and The Law

  What laws protect breastfeeding mothers and how do they work? The Equal Status Act (2000) protects people from discrimination and harassment (including sexual harassment) in the use of and access to a wide range of services including shops and restaurants. Protection for mothers breastfeeding in public is provided under two of the nine discriminatory grounds covered by the Act: The Gender and Family Status grounds This Act helps mothers to breastfeed comfortably in public places by protecting them from being discriminated against or harassed because they are breastfeeding. (Discrimination is less favourable treatment, for example, asking someone to leave a premises because they are breastfeeding.)...

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Breastfeeding in public

Breastfeeding in public: Why do it? Babies eat little and often. For the same reasons adults and children need to eat in public, so do babies! Why not? In lots of countries nobody bats an eyelid. Unfortunately here in Ireland we have lost our breastfeeding culture, unlike Scandinavian countries like Norway that have a breastfeeding rate of 99%. Mothers who choose not to breastfeed in public tend to breastfeed for shorter periods; generally well shy of the WHO and HSE recommendation of two years and beyond. What laws protect breastfeeding mothers and how do they work? The Equal Status...

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Breastfeeding Tips: By Mums, For Mums…

  1. Support is the key to successful breastfeeding, having a support network in place before baby arrives really helps. Hook up with your local La Leche League or Cuidiú group before the big day comes along.  Even seeing other mothers breastfeeding can be a huge benefit. 2. Have confidence in yourself and your body’s ability to fully sustain your new arrival – Your body has grown this baby for 9 months, it is now well able to feed it! 3. Breastfed babies grow as nature intends them to grow – once your baby latched on well and feeding well, has...

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Breastfeeding and Back To Work

Breastfeeding and Back To Work Under Section 9 of the Maternity Protection (Amendment) Act 2004 certain women in employment who are breastfeeding are entitled to take time off work each day in order to breastfeed. The provision applies to all women in employment who have given birth within the previous 6 months (26 weeks). Breastfeeding at Work and the law Ireland Breastfeeding and Work HSE discusses the practicalities of breastfeeding and returning to work An Article from the Dr. Sears Website about tips for mothers returning to the workplace while breastfeeding 20 Tips for Breastfeeding at Work A Kellymom article...

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