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Should I be required to return to operational duties when I am breast-feeding?
This depends on the risks that have been identified by the risk assessment in your particular circumstances. The Force should not make any 'knee-jerk' or 'blanket' decisions about your duties without doing a risk assessment, discussing it with you, obtaining medical advice and allowing you to discuss the issues with your medical advisors. There are different potential risks for a breast-feeding mother (and her child) in comparison with a pregnant woman and the risk assessment should reflect this. The possible risks could include in increased risk of exposure to dangerous chemicals or other noxious substances, a possible inability to express milk at regular intervals in a safe and hygienic environment and the practical difficulties associated with wearing a protective vest and increased fatigue and stress.
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