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Swiss bishops call for compensated leave time for nursing mothers

September 09, 2011

The Swiss episcopal conference is calling upon the nation’s government to require employers to offer compensated leave time for nursing mothers.

“In Swiss legislation, the time necessary for nursing is recognized as time of work, but its remuneration is not regulated,” the bishops’ justice and peace commission said in the statement. “Only 14% of women in Switzerland still maintain maternal nursing at six months.”

“For many women, the return to work after the 14 weeks of maternity leave is a reason to stop or diminish maternal nursing,” the statement continued. “Measures such as remunerated leave for nursing and making the necessary infrastructure available for nursing, for expressing milk and preserving it are very important to promote the continuation of maternal nursing.”


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  • Posted by: wolfdavef3415 - Sep. 10, 2011 12:55 AM ET USA

    Sorry to break away from NormNuke here, but maternal leave time is an important factor. I think that companies should be required to compensate mothers for up to the first six months. That may seem like a while, but the modern workplace is so much like the modern marriage that I think the two ideas together could save a few relationships.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 09, 2011 5:14 PM ET USA

    Elswhere the newly installed Abp. Chaput of Philadelphia tells us that being a bishop is fraught with labors and perils. Here, the bishops of Switzerland show us that all bishops really have to do is identify niche victim groups that must be given succour by the taxpayers. There. Done. No more fuss than an Obama jobsave.