As from today, women in Australia can take paid 'breastfeeding breaks' from work to nurse their babies.
The ruling, which was announced to coincide with the country's Breastfeeding Week, was made by the Premier of Queensland, Anna Bligh, and includes a swathe of policies to make it workable.Ms Bligh asserted that it was 'irrefutable' that breastfeeding could be 'extremely inconvenient in the workplace'. She added that she understood that whilst many mums chose not to breastfeed, for those who did decide to, there should be support from employers.
Under the new legislation, the Government has pledged to provide private, clean and hygienic spaces that are clearly signposted and lockable, and can be used either for mums to feed in, or to express their milk.
Ms Bligh said: "We will provide lactation breaks during work hours for mums who want to express milk in a private area by offering flexible options for working hours and by providing refrigeration. Where possible these lactation breaks of up to one hour of paid time are to be provided, and where employees require more time, flexible work or leave arrangements can be implemented."
So is Australia leading the way with what should be every woman's right - paid time out to feed her child? Or is breastfeeding a personal decision that should not have implications in the workplace?
What do you think? Would you support a call for 'breastfeeding breaks' in the UK?
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