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In Spain, Dads Are Now Entitled To Breastfeeding Leave

Europe’s “top court” has decreed that working Spanish dads can take “breastfeeding leave” everyday, even if the mother of the child is not employed.

The Telegraph reports that men in Spain used to be able to take “breastfeeding leave”– which is an hour off in the middle of the workday, or a half-hour off on either end of the workday– but their wives had to be fully employed.

A father complained when his self-employed, work-at-home wife didn’t get the benefit of his time off like other working mothers. Now the law has been rewritten to accommodate this dad and others like him.

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. ” Breastfeeding leave should be considered, “time purely devoted to the child” in order to help with the balance between work and family life. This new law will prevent self-employed mothers from limiting their work and allow for fathers to be more involved.

Yes. That’s right amigo. Dads are being encouraged BY LAW to take time off in the middle of the day that is “purely devoted to the child.” I have always loved Spain. Now I’m just in awe.

But wait. Here’s my question: is the breastfeeding leave to be taken before or after siesta?

Photo: Bryan Maleszyk/Flickr

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