The European Union Court of Justice has ruled that working fathers in have the same right to breastfeeding leave as do moms — even if the mother of the child is not employed outside the home.
The Telegraph reports that men in Spain used to be able to take “breastfeeding leave” only if their wives were fully employed.
Apparently “breastfeeding leave” permits an employee to leave work up to twice a day for a total of an hour or to shorten their workday by a half an hour for the first nine months of the baby’s life.
The court called the law “an unjustified discrimination on grounds of sex” and said that fathers should be granted breastfeeding leave in the same instances as women were.
Pedro Manuel Roca Alvarez, a father whose wife worked from home, challenged the statute.
The court ruled that not giving dads the same rights as mothers, ”is liable to … keep men in a role subsidiary to that of women in relation to the exercise of their parental duties.”
The court said that breastfeeding leave should be considered, “time purely devoted to the child.”
How cool is it for dads to be given time off to be involved with their children.
“I have always loved Spain. Now I’m just in awe,” writes Being Pregnant blogger Ceridwen Morris, who wonders “is the breastfeeding leave to be taken before or after siesta?” Good question!
What do you think? Should dads in the U.S. get breastfeeding leave too? Me? I think breastfeeding moms should get breastfeeding leave before dads too!