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Curious about breast feeding rights at work

Hello everyone,

I'm curious as to where I can find an English version of the rights of a mother to breastfeed at work. My wife's employer has requested that she work during the times she usually breastfeeds, essentially requesting her to adjust our child's eating habits to the needs of the company. For example, she usually feeds our child at 3 pm; however, the company has told her that they need her specifically from 2-4:30 pm.

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Re: Curious about breast feeding rights at work

In terms of negotiating a suitable compromise, what is her profession ? Is it *reasonable* for the employer to expect her to work at that time without a break (breastfeeding usually only takes about 10 minutes for an older child, the same time that another staff member might take a coffee and toilet break)....

I can give you information in English from Australia, but not specific to the Swiss context, just general practicalities of how to coordinate breastfeeding and work.

I'm guessing the baby is quite small (under 6 months) or in the same location as her, to need to feed to such a tight schedule and not be able to be flexible... or else you have a tight feeding routine - by the time babies are 9-12 months, you can breastfeed in a much more flexible way...talking from experience...
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Re: Curious about breast feeding rights at work

Found what you need:

http://www.travailsuisse.ch/it/syste...foM_e_webA.pdf

It looks to me like breastfeeding is extremely protected!

This document is from "trevail swiss" - an organisation that protects employees.
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Found what you need:

www.travailsuisse.ch/it/system/files/infoM_e_webA.pdf

It looks to me like breastfeeding is extremely protected!

This document is from "trevail swiss" - an organisation that protects employees.
Yes, breastfeeding mothers at work have rights in Switzerland, as per the leaflet. What they don't say in this nice leaflet is that unlike in most other western countries, availing yourself of these rights does not protect you from dismissal. The employer can simply terminate your contract by giving you whatever notice applies (often three months) if they consider you "difficult" and expendable.
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Hello everyone,

I'm curious as to where I can find an English version of the rights of a mother to breastfeed at work. My wife's employer has requested that she work during the times she usually breastfeeds, essentially requesting her to adjust our child's eating habits to the needs of the company. For example, she usually feeds our child at 3 pm; however, the company has told her that they need her specifically from 2-4:30 pm.

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!
I'm empathetic... to both parties. You want her employer to adjust the needs of their clients and other employees to the needs of your child. If you can't negotiate a compromise and you don't want to give the child a bottle for that one feed then your wife has to consider whether she is willing/able to go back to this job yet.
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Re: Curious about breast feeding rights at work

Babies are very adaptable and it would be quite easy to slowly transfer, day by day, to 1.45, and then again after 4.30pm, with water given in between. We are only talking about a couple of hours here, not a half day- so providing the baby is not just weeks old- adapting should be quite easy and make little difference. How old is the baby? I am very pro-breastfeeding, but feel that one has to give and take in order to ensure more positive responses from employers in the long term. Bonne chance.
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