Breastfeeding is good for business, says ILO expert

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Breastfeeding at work is good for business according to an expert at the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Citing results from research, Laura Adatti, the ILO's maternity protection and work-family specialist says that breastfeeding is not an obstacle to productivity.

She gives the example of the Department of Power and Water in the United States city of Los Angeles where there is a breastfeeding programme to support workers.

According to Ms. Adatti, a few years after the programme was introduced, health-care claims were 35 per cent lower and close to a third of new mothers returned to work sooner than anticipated.

In addition, absenteeism rates were 27 per cent lower among both men and women and 67 per cent of all employees said they planned to stay with the company in the long run.

World Breastfeeding Week is being observed from 1 to 7 August to highlight the importance of breastfeeding for the mother, child, business and society.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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