Five reasons your maternity leave policy should support breastfeeding employees

Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 03 Dec. 2014

Tags: maternity leave policy, breastfeeding employees, supporting breastfeeding employees, maternity leave


You already have a maternity policy in place to help you deal with every maternity leave issue.

Already it’s made it possible to avoid legal disputes because your employees know what you do and don’t allow when it comes to maternity leave.

But have you thought about tweaking your policy so it supports breastfeeding employees too?

Well, you should.

If you don’t, you could end up putting their health at risk and they court take you to court for this. Or worse, your company could experience high turnover rates. This will affect productivity and your recruitment costs will increase.

If you’re not convinced, keep reading to discover five good reasons your maternity leave policy should support breastfeeding employees.



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Here’s why your maternity leave policy should support breastfeeding employees

 
#1: Having a maternity leave policy that supports breastfeeding employees will help you protect their health.
 
You have a legal duty to protect the health of your pregnant or breastfeeding employees.
 
The best way to comply is to have a maternity leave policy that supports breastfeeding employees.
 
Your maternity leave policy can make it clear:
 
  • You provide a safe and risk-free workplace for all your employees, breastfeeding employees;
 
  • You don’t allow breastfeeding employees to do work that could harm their health or the health of their children; and
 
  • You allow employees to breastfeed or express milk at certain times.
 
#2: If your maternity leave policy supports breastfeeding employees, you won’t have high turnover rates.
 
If your employees know there’s breastfeeding support, they’ll happily come back to work after maternity leave.
 
You’ll retain valuable employee skills and experience. Plus, lessen recruitment and retention costs, says the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.
 
 
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#3: New mothers may come back to work sooner.
 
Some mothers on maternity leave stay longer because their workplaces don’t support breastfeeding.
 
But, if your maternity leave supports it, they may return sooner. And this means your company will continue to be productive.
 
#4: Your employees will be much happier and more loyal to your company.
 
According to Dr Noelle Nelson, a clinical psychologist, author and business consultant, when employees feel the company takes their interest to heart, they’ll also take the company’s interests to heart.
 
If you support breastfeeding, your employees will reward you with their loyalty and they’ll be happy. And happy employees are productive employees.
 
#5: Your company’s image will improve.
 
Word gets out there about what companies do and don’t do. Potential employees will hear that your company supports breastfeeding.
 
This means, you may be able to attract great employees to your company. People will know you as an employer who supports career growth and family life.
 
As you can see, having a maternity leave policy that supports breastfeeding employees not only benefits your employees, it benefits your company too.
 
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