World Health Organisation recommends first six months exclusive breast milk whereas International Labour Organisation standard for paid maternity leaves is minimum 12 weeks and recommended 14 weeks.
Maternity leaves policy differ among all the countries.
Infant Mortality Rate can be improved with six months breast milk.
Paid Maternity leaves policy is followed as per International Labour Organisation standard. This standard was revised in 1952 and calls for a minimum 12-week leave although a 14-week leave is recommended.
Example of India:
Maternity leaves policy existed for 12 weeks as per Maternity Benefit Act, 1961. First six months breast milk is important for the child and it was evident with the Infant mortality rate trend. The policy makers in India understood the problem. So, Central Govt. employees were granted 185 days paid maternity leaves from the year 2008. However, still private employees are availing 12 weeks paid maternity leaves.
Request to update ILO standards for maternity leaves policy to 6 months will take time.
But without breaking policy, working mom can avail maternity leaves. 12 weeks paid and remaining unpaid maternity leaves. This will make the new generation and mankind safer and sustainable.
Your inputs/effort will be great to the mankind.