career mom

Does your office have a lactation room?

I am blessed to work in a company that offers its female employees a lactation room, which can accommodate at least three pumping mommas at a time. It also has a decent sized two-door refrigerator and ample electric outlets. But nothing beats pumping milk in the Google Philippines office, which I’ve visited twice, and actually has a fancy massage chair! Even Google Singapore’s lactation room doesn’t have one, last time I visited for a workshop.

On the other hand, I’ve heard of working moms having to make do with white boards to cover their workstations while pumping. But did you know that unless your company has applied for exemption, they are required by law to establish a decent lactation room for its employees? 

In fact, see below workplace lactation station guidelines by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to conform to Republic Act 10028 or Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act.

Interesting to note also how the act explicitly includes guidance that nursing moms should have “no more than 40 minutes paid lactation break for every 8 hour work period…(exclusive of meal breaks).” 

Does your company conform to these guidelines? If not, perhaps you should send the DOLE link to your HR department.

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