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Table 3 Policies and outcomes for maternal leave

From: A comparative analysis of early child health and development services and outcomes in countries with different redistributive policies

Policies Sweden Netherlands Canada United States Cuba
Maternal leave allowance [3236] 480 days (~68 weeks). Might be used by the mother, the father, or mixed (most common) 16 weeks (mandatory 4 weeks prior to due date) 15 weeks 12 weeks 1 year
Maternal leave pay [3236] 78% of income for 390 days Min $3 USD/day Max $130 USD/day Full salary (no max payment) 55% of a woman’s average insured earnings up to a yearly max of $44,900 if worked 600 insured hours in the 52 weeks prior to delivery Unpaid Full salary for 18 weeks (6 weeks before birth and 12 weeks after)
Parental leave [3236] 60 days (10 days paid leave at birth of child); either parent may take unpaid leave at 25% until the child is 8 years Additional unpaid leave can be taken by either or both parents after delivery based on hours worked in a week until the child is 8 years May be used by one parent or shared, but cannot exceed a combined max of 35 week; max payment is $485 per week Unpaid Additional 40 weeks leave at 60% pay may be taken by either parent
Outcomes
Initiate breastfeeding (having ever breastfed) (2008, Netherlands 2010, Cuba 2006–2010) [11, 37, 38] 97.6% 75.0% 84.5% 74.2% 70%
Exclusive breastfeeding at 6 months (Sweden 2009, Netherlands 2010, Canada 2006, Cuba 2006–2010, US 2011) [19, 23, 3739] 10.4% 18% 14.4% 14.8% 26%