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Refused flexible working for 2 months to continue breastfeeding

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chickenlickin Sat 26-Sep-09 22:59:28

I am a midwife due to start back at work when my baby is 10 months old. I have asked if i could do two months of early or day time shifts so can continue breastfeeding my baby until he is a year old. This is what i did with my first child, she fed early morning, bedtime and sometimes during night. I then can resume full normal shift patterns.
I am unable to express as very painful and keep getting engorged and mastitis. They have refused this request and said i have to do mixed shifts of lates and nights etc. If not i should give up my permanent contract and do as and when (bank). They seemed to dismiss the fact that the World Health Organisation recommends continued BF up untill the age of two (not that i want to do it that long.
I feel that it is not a unreasonable request as only two months, and we spend a lot of our work promoting BF and helping women. Please leave commnents opinons as unsure to appeal or what to do. Want some opinons from mothers who know!!!

GruffaloMama Sat 26-Sep-09 23:11:42

Sorry to hear they're being inflexible. I don't know the legal stuff but do you have a union rep you could discuss this with?

moondog Sun 27-Sep-09 00:29:53

I think your baby will be able to cope with the irregular pattern, as will your supply tbh. Not sure of legalities though.

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