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.

Breastfeeding for Doctors: Peer Support is an active Facebook group for doctor mothers who are or were breastfeeding.


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: Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination (see section on Adaptations at Work)


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 Website: Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: Returning to Work Whilst Breastfeeding

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.

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


Published April 2017, Updated October 6th 2019