01 August 2023

Continuing to breastfeed after returning to work

Breastfeeding is a mother's gift to her baby. For the first six months of a child's life, breastmilk provides all the nutrients a child needs, in the right quantities and at the right temperature. Exclusively breastfeeding infants from birth to six months ensures that they have the best source of nutrition, uniquely suited to their needs, which is…, Barriers to continued breastfeeding in Tajikistan, In Tajikistan, only 36 per cent of mothers exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first six months. For many mothers, breastfeeding is an everyday struggle. It could be a first-time mother who has been unable to establish breastfeeding in time due to a lack of support from the health system. It could be a young mother who has been made to…, Back to work after childbirth, Bonu Boboeva is a 24-year-old young mother from Dushanbe. She is a data analyst and works remotely from home, where she also looks after her four-month-old son, Amin. Her working hours start when her son is asleep - he takes three 1–2-hour naps during the day - until then Bonu plays with him, goes for walks and does chores. This remote working…, Tajik companies are open to supporting breastfeeding employees, they just need to know how, Karina Karim is a human resources specialist and recruiter for a Dushanbe-based company specialising in the development of AI products and services. A few months ago, for the first time in her career, she recruited a young breastfeeding mother. Blocks A woman looking at the camera smiling UNICEF/Tajikistan/2023/ U. Fazylova Karina Karim at her…, Breastfeeding in Tajikistan is guaranteed by the labour code. But what will help improve breastfeeding practices in the workplace?, To increase the prevalence of breastfeeding in Tajikistan, UNICEF and WHO are working closely with the Government of Tajikistan to update relevant national nutrition strategies, policies and guidelines - all of which aim to support and promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a child's life, and continued breastfeeding up to two…, Mothers in Tajikistan want more flexible working arrangements to continue breastfeeding, In an online consultation with mothers, UNICEF asked them what kind of support they would like from employers to help them continue breastfeeding: 43 per cent would like to be able to work remotely; 13 per cent would like to be able to breastfeed at work if a 'mother and baby' room was available; 9 per cent would like to have flexible working…