Breastfeeding Breaks

Breastfeeding Breaks

Within a 104 week period after the birth of a child, a teacher who has returned to work may avail of breastfeeding breaks without loss of pay for up to one hour per day for the purpose of breastfeeding or lactation.

A teacher who qualifies for this provision must notify her employer in writing of her intention to avail of such breaks at least 4 weeks in advance. A copy of the birth certificate of the child must be submitted with the application for breastfeeding breaks.

Breastfeeding breaks may be taken in the form of;

  • one break of 60 minutes, or
  • two breaks of 30 minutes each, or
  • three breaks of 20 minutes each.
  • The pattern of breastfeeding breaks should be agreed following consultation between the employer and the teacher. The breaks should be covered through the Supervision and Substitution Scheme.

For full details on all aspects of maternity leave entitlements please refer to Circular Letter 0054/2019 - Leave Schemes - Chapter 2.