|Parental input in the earliest days of a baby's life is extremely important - and employers can help with sensible maternity leave arrangements, according to an expert.
The government has recommended a minimum of six months for breastfeeding which has been made easier by changes in the law on maternity leave, but some employers are more open to it than others, says Mervi Jokinen of the Royal College of Midwives.
New mothers are entitled to 52 weeks of leave, with statutory maternity pay for up to 39 weeks.
The first six weeks pay 90 per cent of average weekly earnings, then up to £117.18 for the rest - although employers can offer their own schemes with higher pay and longer leave if they wish.
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