In addition to guaranteed paid time off to care for newborn babies, most women in Latin America are also guaranteed paid time off each day (usually about an hour) when they return to work, in order to breastfeed. There is no such law in the United States.

No country in this hemisphere has particularly forward-thinking laws when it comes to letting dad take time off after the birth of his baby, however. Most countries have no provisions for paid paternity leave at all, though there are a few exceptions. Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay give dads two paid days off. Brazil and Chile give dads five paid days off. Ecuador and Uruguay give dads 10 paid days off, with Ecuador boosting it to 15 days if the child is adopted.