About 12 years ago, I always travel from the office to the small house with an insulated bag. It was full of breastmilk and ice inside. That time, I worked for more than eight hours a day in Ortigas Center. I just gave birth to my third, thus I made sure to bring breastmilk for him every day. This mother never missed pumping milk whenever she felt her breast getting heavy. I remember I could express four to six ml of milk at least three to four times a day. My officemates would often joke to borrow my expressed milk inside the freezer when we run out of creamer or milk for their coffee.
During those times, we didn’t have a breastfeeding station at the office. I stayed in the conference room whenever I pump milk. Most friends and co-workers then would refer the conference room as the nursing station.
What is Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace
Such a joy to learn, too, when Makati Medical Center recently received the DOH “Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace” certification. This implies that MakatiMed is committed to effective breastfeeding practices not just for its patients, but for its employees as well.
The Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace Certificate aims to promote and encourage breastfeeding in workplaces in the private and public sectors. This is in line with the Republic Act No. 10028 which mandates all health and non-health facilities, establishments, or institutions to establish lactation stations. The lactation stations should have the necessary equipment and facilities. These include a lavatory for hand-washing and a refrigeration or appropriate cooling facilities for storing expressed breast milk. The station should also have electrical outlets for breast pumps. There should also have a small table, a comfortable seat, and other items, the standards of which shall be defined by the Department of Health.