15 January 2011 | 2:30 pm
Diamond Suites | Diamond Hall A
Archbishop Reyes & Avenue
National Nutrition Council (NNC)
DOH A/Sec.Maria Bernadita T. Flores, CESO ll
Dr.Parolita A. Mission
Regional Nutrition Coordinator, NNC-7
Mandaue Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI)
Mr. Eric Ng Mendoza
City Of Mandaue
Hon. Jonas C. Cortes
Setting Up a Lactation Station in The WorkplaceA lactation station is one of the low-cost family-friendly facilities an employer can put up at the workplace for the benefits of employees. 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 if the nation. A recently passed law, Republic Act 11028 or the “Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion act of 2009” which amended RA 7600 or the “Rooming-in and Breastfeeding Act of 1992,”adopts a national policy to encourage, protect and support the practice of breastfeeding. Specifically, this law requires establishments to set up lactation stations in the workplace and provide compensable time for breastfeeding and lactation periods.
Breastfeeding is nature’s way to nourish and protect young infants. The many benefits of exclusive breastfeeding to the child specifically in the first 6 months are irreplaceable. The positive effects for the working breastfeeding mother are equally rewarding.