Members of Parliament have passed a bill that will require employers in Kenya to set up breastfeeding stations in their offices. The new approved proposal is now contained in the Health Bill 2015 and it states that employers will also have to put up all the necessary equipment to ensure lactating mothers are well accommodated.
“All employers shall in the workplace establish lactation stations, which shall be adequately provided with necessary equipment and facilities including hand-wash equipment, refrigerators or appropriate cooling facilities, electrical outlets for breast pumps, a small table,” Reads the bill in part.
The lactating rooms shall not be placed in the rest rooms instead they should provide comfortable seats and well preserved rooms for the mothers.
According to the proposal, Employers are to give the lactating mothers extra time apart from their normal lunch hour to go attend their babies.
Its for a long time where employed mothers often found themselves in a hard position juggling between work and attending to their babies, forcing them to nurse their young ones fewer times in a day. Most of them introduce the little babies to infant formula instead of breast milk which is recommended.