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Time off for Breastfeeding
1.0 Relevant Regulations and Rules
UN Staff Rules and Regulations
United Nations Staff Rule 1.3, 3.3 (a) 
United Nations Staff Regulation 9.3 (ii)

2.0 Policies
Main Policy
Time off for Breastfeeding
3.0 Procedures
Main Procedures

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Time off for Breastfeeding

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Language English | Español | Français
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James Hanneman
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Summary of Changes/Comments
December 22, 2020 - The Time off for Breastfeeding policy is now available in Spanish. To access the document, click on the Spanish language tab.

May 30, 2019 - All of the parental policies reflect editorial changes that align with the Gender Parity Strategy, such as gender neutrality.

In addition, the following paragraphs are updated:

Time Off for Breastfeeding 


4.           Staff members who are nursing mothers may leave the office up to two times a day to breastfeed their infant(s) or express milk outside the workplace. The maximum duration of absence for such purposes is:

a)          Two hours away from the office (including travel time) when the infant is one year old or younger; or

b)          One hour away from the office (including travel time) when the infant is between one and two years of age.

14 Oct. 2013 - Clarification on principles of policy, maximum duration of absence, and number of infants (para. 2.2)

Reviewed and edited (minor edit without substantive changes) in 2014