Life should get easier for working mothers in Kenya as lawmakers pass a historic bill requiring employers in the country to designate breastfeeding stations within the workplace premises.
Meaning babies will no longer have to make do with stored breast milk or animal’s (read cow’s) milk as a substitute for their mother’s tits during working hours. Now working mothers can easily juggle between getting their work done and taking breaks in between to breastfeed their babies.
The bill also states that the breastfeeding stations must be fully equipped with all necessary facilities including but not limited to wall power outlets for the breast pumps, refrigerators, and comfortable seats. This facility must be within proximity of the mother’s workstation; in other words, it must be within the office premises.
In part, the bill reads, “All employers shall in the workplace establish lactation stations, which shall be adequately provided with necessary equipment and facilities.
An employer shall grant all nursing employees break intervals in addition to the regular times off for meals to breastfeed or express milk.”
However, the clause also specifies that these breastfeeding breaks will not go for more than …read more