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The choice to breastfeed demands more time off work

The current 18-week paid parental leave (PPL) scheme is ill-suited to mothers who choose to exclusively breastfeed their children, according to a new study from the Australian Centre for Economic Research on Health.

The study found that mothers who exclusively breastfeed spend 18 hours per week on feeding time, which is 6.6 hours longer than those who introduce solids or formula.

These findings have implications for health policies and the PPL scheme which is currently set at a maximum of 18 weeks, a time frame in conflict with the study’s recommendation of six months.

Read more at Australian National University

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  1. John Phillip
    John Phillip is a Friend of The Conversation.

    Grumpy Old Man

    This finding shoiuld see support for the Libs 26 week PPL scheme lift as it addresses the key problem.

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  2. Michael Shand
    Michael Shand is a Friend of The Conversation.

    Software Tester

    Last I heard raising a child takes at least a decade but apparently these working mums can do it in less than a year before returning to work full time

    It amazes me everytime

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