West Germany: Maternity to Eternity

In West Germany, mother's milk is a government-subsidized commodity; by law, working mothers get three months' pregnancy leave at full pay, plus more paid vacation if they nurse the baby. Bonn's vested interest in breast feeding is the result of the most thorough welfare state in the West, with the possible exception of Sweden. Though Ludwig Erhard's Wirtschaftswunder (economic miracle) has sometimes created the impression that West Germany is a wonderland of freewheeling laissez faire, the German people are in fact pampered and cosseted with social benefits from maternity to eternity....

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