Maternity and paternity leave in the EU
Article in images

Maternity leave children

 

 - Maternity leave children
© Thinkstock
Providing 20 weeks of maternity leave has nothing to do with a return to the ideal of "stay-at-home-mum". 20 weeks are rather a time frame set by international standards. 

World Health Organization recommends babies be breastfed for the first six months. Experts stress that while milk can be expressed at a later stage, breast feeding in the first months provides positives other than the actual content of the milk, such as bonding and security.

‘This time span comes closer to giving women the choice of following international standards on breastfeeding, and more generally empowers women to take as much time to recuperate as they choose to after giving birth, and does not curtail their chances on the labor market’, says Myria Vassiliadou from the EWL.

In addition, research has shown that the opportunity for women to breast-feed for longer cuts healthcare costs for both mother and child.




  
  

Shila Meyer Behjat
10/20/2010
Rank this page: 

Don't miss...
4th episode: Discover some fun exercises to get you in shape while doing the housework!How do you get a breast lift without going under the knife?
8th episode: Marie's secrets for getting back in shape after the party season7th episode: How to stay in shape while enjoying the company of your friends
Latest… 27/05/2017
Guides
Videos
Managing money
Changing your name | How to change your name
Scrapbooking: making a scrapbook album like a pro
Work for yourself - get your small business online
See all Women in Focus guides
Teaching kids about money
See all Women in Focus videos
 

Don't miss out!

...Join our newsletter
Get the wewomen latest straight to your inbox
  OK
Find us on...