Constitutional court acts to support nursing mothers

If the mother of a child gets an hour off at work to feed her infant, the mother of twins should get two hours. That was the decision of the Sala IV constitutional court involving a woman who works at the Comisión Nacional de Préstamos para La Educación. The country’s labor code gives a new mother a half hour off in the morning and an equal amount of time in the afternoon to breast feed her infant.

The court decided that the time off not only was a right of the mother but also for the child, or children in this case. The court also said that if there were triplets instead of twins, the time off would be three hours a day.

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