Some four years ago, breastfeeding campaigns in the Philippines was very little to scarce. I was breastfeeding Ayex then. Our old office has no nursing room and none of the rooms can be converted because of their design. I opted to express my milk in the shower room. I stationed an office chair there for my use and every time I find out that the janitorial services removed it, I get mad. Missing chair is not the only event that drives me nuts. I had several cases of disappearing ice too. Ice packs at that time was very limited not to mention expensive. The worse part is, I only find out that someone used my ice a few hours before I transport my expressed breast milk. I need the ice to keep them cold until I get home. Otherwise, Ayex needs to consume them already or they go waste. While I dealt with these scenarios, I never gave Ayex formula milk for two years.
Four years later, I read on the internet that a mom should never use a comfort room for lactation. Ayex is fine now so I guess pumping milk in the shower area did not do any harm on my milk. I really hope there was no bad effect.
Thankfully, I do not have to experience that again. Breastfeeding awareness has spread the past years that a law was even passed in support to lactating moms. Now, every establishment is mandated to have a nursing room and I am happy that our new office has one.
Our nursing room has two La-Z boy chairs, a refrigerator, a counter, an extension cord, a garbage bin and a door with lock. Our company also supplies us with alcohol and paper towel. This room is currently being used by more or less ten nursing moms.
Breastfeeding is indeed the most natural way to feed a baby and I am grateful that our company is with us on this.
reico henry says
I find it funny that you never hear of this in the mainstream. meanwhile everyone else is feading their babies breast formula heated up in toxic plastics in the microwave! Not to mention the added benefit of weight the mom loses while breastfeeding.
This is great Nicqs, it’s really nice that your company has decided to be in support of breastfeeding, and that they’ve provided a cozy room for moms. 🙂
we do have a really great lactation area, but i really wish they changed the name to a more appropriate one para hindi ma confuse yung mga employees.
wow i am glad there is a lactation area now for offices. I only breastfed my daughter for two months. Bigla nalang natuyo! lol
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oo nga, ang ganda! buti nga diba pati sa mga malls meron na din breastfeeding area. ako din nun, super linis ko muna ung banyo bago ako magpump. buti nalang todo ung aircon sa office kaya dun ko tapat sa aircon ung milk hehehe.
ang sarap naman jan parang gusto ko nalang laging mag pump hahaha
Another breastfeeding advocate!
You’re so lucky your company supports breastfeeding moms. I seldom hear about that in our country. I am yet to find a breastfeeding room that looks as comfortable as that.
Cielo of Brown Pinay says
Your company should be commended for providing a mommy friendly zone…