Adjustments an employer has to make
Employers of women of childbearing age must assess the risks to the health and safety of breastfeeding mothers and their babies.
While you are breastfeeding, you and your baby have special protection under health and safety law. To make use of this protection, you must inform your employer in writing that you are breastfeeding.
While you are breastfeeding, your employer must consider whether your working conditions are a risk to your health, or the health of your baby. If your working conditions do not support breastfeeding, this could put your baby at risk.
Where there is a risk to your baby, your employer should take certain reasonable steps such as:
- making a temporary change to your working conditions
- making a temporary change to your working hours (shorter shifts)
- allowing regular breaks for you to express milk.
If your GP or health visitor advises that your job is too stressful, and that even with temporary adjustments your ability to breastfeed could be put at risk, then your employer should consider a temporary transfer to alternative work.