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Breastfeeding Station in the Workplace

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29 Jun 2016 - General
 

The Philippines is one of the Asian countries that has the shortest maternity leave (60 days). This leaves the working mother with no choice but to return to work even if the baby is less than 2 months old. A breastfeeding station or lactation station is one of the family friendly facilities that employers or companies can put up in the workplace for the benefit of their female workers regardless of how many are using it. Anything a company can do to add benefits to an employee’s working life helps to attract people and retain people. Breastfeeding mothers who wish to continue breastfeeding their children after they resume their work have special needs. A lactation station provides safe and healthful working conditions for women workers taking into account their maternal functions, thus, promoting the constitutional provision of providing facilities and opportunities to enhance their potential in the service of the nation. There is a law on the "Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009" in which it requires establishments to set up lactation stations in the workplace and shall not be located in the toilet. However, only few workplaces have lactation stations and even some government establishments are not equipped with it. 

 

 

 

I agree with you, Esther Kang that there is really a poor execution of the law since the penalty is not imposed and perhaps working mothers are afraid to "demand" this kind of privilege to their employers. There is an online support group for breastfeeding working mothers and it is being encouraged to really push with the rights of these mothers. There are instances wherein these working breastfeeding mothers wrote letters to their employers and were given a positive response. On the p...
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