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Volume 461: debated on Wednesday 6 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance the Health and Safety Executive gives to employers on breaks for female employees who are breastfeeding after the birth of a child. (138771)

HSE does not provide advice on rest breaks for female employees who are breastfeeding. However, under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, employers are required to carry out a risk assessment for all employees including new and expectant mothers and mothers who are breastfeeding. Employers must ensure that a worker who is breastfeeding is not exposed to risks that could damage her health and safety and that of her child for as long as she continues to breastfeed.