A toolkit nutrition security and maternity protection through exclusive and continued breastfeeding promotion in the workplace

The toolkit was developed based from the experience of partner organizations in the implementation of the NSMP Programme. The instruments and resource materials developed through the Programme were packaged in this toolkit to serve as useful guide to promote exclusive and continued breastfeeding in the workplace.

Provision of workplace support to breastfeeding mothers is one of the core elements of Convention No. 183, which promotes maternity protection measures to ensure that women’s right to provide the best possible care for their newborn and young children does not interfere with their economic security and that expectant and nursing mothers are given proper health protection at work, quality maternal and child health care, adequate time to give birth, to recover and to nurse their children. In addition, Convention No. 156 and its accompanying Recommendation No. 165, promotes the creation of effective work-family policies and measures so that both women and men workers can reconcile the often conflicting demands of paid work and their care responsibilities at home. The instruments and resource materials developed through the Programme were put together and packaged in this Toolkit to serve as useful guide in efforts to promote exclusive and continued breastfeeding in the workplace and to provide needed services.