Your coverage of Derriford Hospital's proactive approach to supporting and retaining staff who return from maternity leave ('Keeping mum', page 6, special report: recruitment and retention, 5 July) did not include the trust's admirable policy which allows mothers to take appropriate breaks to breastfeed their babies.
It also provides all staff who return to work while still breastfeeding with access to facilities for expressing and storing breastmilk, along with expert advice from trained staff in the maternity department.
Trusts in Scotland are now adopting similar policies in response to the Scottish Executive's recent policy statement, Breastfeeding and Returning to Work, (www. scotland. gov. uk/library2/d oc15/bfrw-00. asp).
This points out that by supporting breastfeeding mothers in the workplace, employers are likely to benefit from reduced parental absence; a higher rate of return to work;
increased staff loyalty and retention; and reduced training and recruitment costs.
The UNICEF UK babyfriendly initiative endorses this statement and calls for trusts (and all other employers) to adopt its recommendations.
Andrew Radford Programme director UNICEF UK baby-friendly initiative