14 weeks paid maternity leave and two 30-minute breastfeeding breaks should be provided to working mothers, according to the Pan American Health Organization.
It says these benefits should be enshrined in law by Governments of the region in keeping with the International Labour Organization’s Convention No. 183 and the Maternity Protection Recommendation, 2000.
PAHO further believes that States should work towards extend this paid maternity leave to 18 weeks.
Along with the nursing breaks, breastfeeding facilities should be installed at or near the workplace.
The organization’s call comes on the occasion of International Breastfeeding Week, commemorated annually between August 1st and 7th.
This year’s theme is “Protect breastfeeding in the workplace”, which aims to raise awareness of the need to support parents and create an enabling environment where mothers can breastfeed optimally.