Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

The Maternity Benefits Act requires employers to provide nursing breaks of prescribed duration for new mothers in order express breast milk for nursing child. These nursing breaks are fully paid and are available until a child reaches the age of 15 months. The duration of these prescribed breaks is not provided under the Act.

The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act 2016, passed by the Rajya Sabha in August 2016, has also been passed by the Lok Sabha in March 2017. Under the new Law, every establishment having fifty or more employees must provide the facility of creche within such distance as proposed either separately or along with common facilities. A woman worker will be allowed four visits to the crèche in a day.

Source: §11 & 11A of the Maternity Benefits Act 1961, amended in 2017

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