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Title:Does breastfeeding support at work help mothers and employers at the same time? PDF Logo
Authors:Del Bono, Emilia
Pronzato, Chiara Daniela
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:ISER Working Paper Series 2012-06
Abstract:This paper asks whether the availability of breastfeeding facilities at the workplace helps to reconcile breastfeeding and work commitments. Using data from the 2005 UK Infant Feeding Survey, we model the joint probability to return to work and breastfeeding and analyse its association with the availability of breastfeeding facilities. Our findings indicate that the availability of breastfeeding facilities is associated with a higher probability of breastfeeding and a higher probability to return to work by 4 and 6 months after the birth of the child. The latter effects are only found for women with higher levels of education.
Subjects:breastfeeding
cognitive development
child outcomes
JEL:J13
C26
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ISER Working Paper Series, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex

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