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Does Breastfeeding Support at Work Help Mothers and Employers at the Same Time?

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  • Del Bono, Emilia

    ()
    (ISER, University of Essex)

  • Pronzato, Chiara D.

    ()
    (University of Turin)

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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.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6619.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2012
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6619

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