Working Moms and Their Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplaces
Workplaces That Say Yes to Breastfeeding
EGS (formerly NCO)
Louisa Mercado, mom of 3, worked at call center that is supportive of breastfeeding moms. She was allowed to express milk in the company clinic whenever needed, in her own private area with a bed.
Cai Sio, former IT Analyst and mom of 2, shares that her boss had no problem with her pumping every 3 hours. She was also allowed to use the executive restroom so that she could have more privacy.
Sydenham Laboratories, Inc. & Sydenham Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
When the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotions Act of 2009 was passed, Nina P. Atienza, mom of 3, and a LATCH Peer Counsellor, informed management of its provisions. They responded by building a lactation room, which later on also benefited several other nursing moms at their office.
Foro Consulting Inc.
Arvi Ferrer-Tito, a designer at Foro Consulting Inc., was allowed to work around her pumping schedule. "I pumped 3-4 times a day in the office, and I was given enough time and space to do so. Our office also has our own pantry and mini ref where I was able to clean my pump equipment and store my expressed breast milk safely”.
Leslie Garcia-Ladan, a Corporate Communications Manager at CTSI Logistics, could only produce a day's supply of milk despite pumping regularly. Once, she accidentally spilled all of her expressed milk, leaving her with nothing to feed her son. Her boss addressed this incident by allowing Leslie to bring her son to the office for a few days so that he could feed directly.
Her facilities manager promised Patricia Espanillo that their new clinic would have a room for breastfeeding moms. When construction was completed, not only was there a room, but the company also provided refrigerators to store expressed breast milk and ice packs.
Bernadette Hernandez-Herbosa, 35, is proud to be part of a pro-nursing company. Moms are provided with a comfortable room and mandated lactation breaks. She shares, "The guidance that I received from fellow moms and the support from Thomson Reuters inspired me to exclusively breastfeed my baby.”
City Advertising Ventures Corp.
Why we love them: Supportive bosses and coworkers.
Kandie Co’s officemates created makeshift areas where she could pump using huge sheets of paper that they taped to the walls. And, on days when she would have very bad plugged ducts, her boss would allow her to breastfeed her baby at the office.
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) under the Department of Labor
Why we love them: They support each other so much they share breast pumps!
"There's already a culture where other moms would lend you electric pumps, direct you to the best spots for breastfeeding or expressing milk, and make room in their freezer for your breast milk”, says Joan Villarente-Gurango, of her time at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.
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