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One in three breastfeeding women forced to express in work toilets, research finds

One in three breastfeeding women is forced to express milk in bathrooms when they return to work due to lack of suitable facilities, research has found.

A survey of 2,000 mothers revealed thousands of women were encountering a “shocking lack of support” when returning to work, with 56 per cent saying they had to express milk in unsuitable places, including the staff room (18 per cent), their car (14 per cent) and at their desk (11 per cent).

As a result, 30 per cent encountered problems while trying to express, including issues with their supply, infections and anxiety. These difficulties caused almost a third (30 per cent) to stop earlier than they would have liked.

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April 15, 2019

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