Maternal Well-Being, Infant Feeding and Return to Work Decisions Alternative Online Launch Workshops

Thursday 9th June 8:30pm-9:30pm and Saturday 11th June 10-11 on MS Teams

Thank you to all those who attended our Online Launch workshop for our project entitled “Maternal Well-Being, and the Conflict Between Infant Feeding and Return to Work Decisions”. You can watch the recording of the introductory session here. For those of you who were unable to make the workshop or the second session we are offering two additional interactive sessions outside of ordinary working hours:

Thursday 9th June 8:30pm-9:30pm and Saturday 11th June 10-11am

These additional workshops will provide an opportunity for you as stakeholders to feed into the project design and help build a shared understanding of challenges faced by mothers and employers. The workshops are free and you can sign up here. If you have any questions contact Sarah Jewell (


About the Project

This three-year project runs from April 2022-March 2025 and is funded by the Nuffield Foundation. At the heart of this study is an exploration of the well-being, opportunities and experiences of new mothers who want to continue to breastfeed on return to paid work. The project will provide a better understanding of infant feeding decisions, the conflict with return to paid work, experiences across different demographic groups; and the resulting impact of these decisions on maternal well-being. It will help identify strengths and weaknesses in existing workplace policy to inform best practice to support mothers wanting to combine breastfeeding and paid work. The project is being led by Dr Sarah Jewell from the Department of Economics at the University of Reading and the research team includes Professor Marina Della Giusta, Dr Sam Rawlings, Professor Grace James and Dr Sylvia Jaworska.

The project has been funded by the Nuffield Foundation, but the views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily the Foundation. Visit For more information about the project please see here.