Information for Medical Parents

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The following section may be helpful to medical parents and covers employment issues surrounding maternity and breastfeeding support for physicians and aspects of family health.

General Employment Issues

Citizens Advice Bureau (England): Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination

Maternity Action: Breastfeeding in Public Places

Maternity Action: Continuing to Breastfeed When you Return to Work

ACAS: Accommodating Breastfeeding Employees in the Workplace


Employment Issues for Medical Parents

BMA: Information for Working Parents

Medical Women’s Federation: Maternity Advice

BMA: Breastfeeding and Flexible Working

Breastfeeding and Returning to Work

NHS Choices: Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work A general summary of the issues including videos.

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: Breastfeeding and Work

La Leche League GB: Working and Breastfeeding

A Breastfeeding Paediatrician by Victoria Thomas, Medical Woman (Autumn 2014) Article highlighting the important issues for physician mothers supporting breastfeeding women.

Family Health and Wellbeing

Dr Milk American site offering support for breastfeeding physician mothers.

The RCGP Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit Includes information on ‘Supporting Health Professionals Personally Affected’ by perinatal mental health problems, ‘Resources for Women and their Families’ and the section ‘Supporting Parenting’ which features infant feeding issues.

Royal College of Nursing: Breastfeeding in Children’s Wards and Departments Guidance for Good Practice Documents best practice for supporting breastfeeding mothers and infants if Paediatric care is required. Due for review 2017.

GPIFN: Resources for Parents Our webpage for parent support information, including information on maternal and infant illness.

Published April 2017, Updated 18th June 2018