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Kenya's parliament approves bill to allow breastfeeding at work

Kenya's parliament approves bill to allow breastfeeding at work


Kenyan members of parliament have approved a bill that will make it mandatory for employers to provide breastfeeding stations for nursing mothers in the workplace.

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The provision is part of a health bill that was proposed in 2015.

Under the provision, employers will be required to establish feeding stations with all the necessary facilities to ensure that breastfeeding experience for lactating mothers is comfortable.

The bill also states that employers shall grant all nursing employees break intervals in addition to the regular times off for meals to breastfeed or express milk.

Although some private companies in the largest economy in East Africa already provides such services, this is the first time that the provision will be written to law.

The bill is expected to be forwarded to the President for assent.

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