21st September 2018
The DES have today issued circular 0060/2018 ‘Breastfeeding Breaks for Registered Teachers in Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools.’; This circular increases the period during which breastfeeding breaks may be taken by primary teachers from up to 26 weeks after the birth of their child, to 104 weeks following the birth, bringing it into line with the provisions in place for workers in the civil service. This provision is timely for the many INTO
members who wish to continue breastfeeding their children following their return to work and follows INTO advocacy on the issue.
You can read the circular here (pdf).