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

33 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2012

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Emilia Del Bono

Institute for Social and Economic Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Chiara Pronzato

University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

Abstract

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.

Keywords: breastfeeding, cognitive development, child outcomes

JEL Classification: J13, C26

Suggested Citation

Del Bono, Emilia and Pronzato, Chiara, Does Breastfeeding Support at Work Help Mothers and Employers at the Same Time?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6619. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2085206

Emilia Del Bono (Contact Author)

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Chiara Pronzato

University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) ( email )

Wivenhoe Park
Colchester CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

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