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Breastfeeding Leave for Dads

Friday, October 22nd, 2010 by:

I’m all for equal rights, but is granting fathers’ breastfeeding leave taking things a little too far?

Spanish fathers are now granted the same rights as their female partners when it comes to breastfeeding leave. (In Spain, parents can take an hour off in the middle of the work day or leave work a half-hour early during the first nine months of their child’s life.)

The European Union Court of Luxembourg said it recognized the importance of family bonding during these “feeding” breaks and ruled that father’s not be excluded. Men are even able to take the leave if their wife is at home full-time with the baby.

And things are about to get even better for new families in Spain.

As of January 2011, the Spanish government is extending its paternity leave from 13 days to four weeks. How great would it be to have two parents at home for a full month after giving birth?