I live in the UK & felt really bad about having to leave my baby boy after 6 months...! that was before I read this thread... Obviously now I feel extremely grateful for the time I have had..! It has been a tight couple of months but totally worth it!
I get 6 weeks at 90% & then up to the 9th month on SMP (as per pp)... the last 3 months of that year you can take unpaid but still return to your job safe & sound
we can only afford up to month 6 on the govt allowance ... which I was moaning about just recently ( again.. until now! ) so I will b back at work in January 2011...
That said, HATS OFF to all/most ladies here for being so great & determined to give their babies the BEST of BF ..!
from now on I will only be grateful for what I've had ..!