Mothers who breastfed at work were more committed to their company or institution.
Associate professor Ameeta Jaga, an organisational psychologist in the commerce faculty’s School of Management Studies, said the provision of spaces for breastfeeding was vital for creating an inclusive, productive workplace and had been a long time coming.
While the country’s labour force is composed of around 45% women, there is little support for new mothers returning to work and little grasp of the compelling business and economic benefits of breastfeeding for society.
“Employers must rethink how they can support breastfeeding at work and, in turn, contribute to a more productive workforce and an equitable society. There is this stigma about breastfeeding because the idea of breasts is still sexualised.