The Filipino Department of Labor and Employment recently announced they’d like to install breastfeeding stations at more workplaces, according to an article from GMA News.
DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz discussed research showing how supporting breastfeeding not only makes financial sense for businesses, but also helps to boost employee morale. She discussed how she wants her department to take seriously the country’s Act 10028, the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act.
The new lactation stations she’s seeking should include a restroom for pumping moms to use, refrigeration, electrical outlets for pumps, tables, and “comfortable” seats. The Philippines currently mandate 6 weeks of fully-paid maternity leave (8 weeks in the event of cesarean delivery), with options for employees to take additional leave unpaid. That’s 6 weeks more paid leave than we get Stateside!
A DOLE press release says Filipino nursing, working moms will have designated paid pumping breaks in addition to meal or other breaks.
Upon first glance, I thought the Philippines were going to be installing more pods like the New England airport lactation pods we wrote about a few months ago. Stateside, it seems like a few more Vermont businesses have adopted these pods–but how are US workplaces doing in general supporting working moms?
Most moms we’ve talked to who have office jobs can either close their office door for pumping privacy or have access to a clean place to go and pump. Women working other types of jobs seem to have more difficulty.
Has your employer provided a private, clean place to pump? Leave us a comment to let us know!