Government officials, medical and health practitioners and private groups yesterday said they support moves to establish breastfeeding stations at business establishments in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.
Provincial assistant administrator, Arnel Francisco, said the breastfeeding station is in line with the Millennium Development Goals of the Philippines that targets the reduction of child mortality by year 2015.
He said the provincial government has asked the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to propose an ordinance for the establishment of a breastfeeding facility at the Capitol for working mothers.
He lauded the proprietors of Cang’s Inc. shopping complex, Roy and Gavina Cang, for providing a breastfeeding station at its food court in Barangay Daro, Dumaguete City.
The station is the first to be established at a shopping center in Dumaguete, in cooperation with the Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines.
Vice Governor Mark Macias, a medical doctor, said the best nutrition a baby can have is breast milk since it is rich in protein, vitamins and anti-bodies, and boosts the immune system of newborns.
He urged public support on efforts to put up more breastfeeding stations, saying that more mothers today have taken on jobs to boost family income.
SP member Liland Estacion, chair of the Committee on Health, pledged to lead in the promotion of breastfeeding, and to pass a resolution urging business establishments to provide space for lactating mothers.
Flordeliza Dublas, president of the IMAP private lying-in clinics in Negros Oriental, said they have 11 clinics that cater to nursing mothers in Bayawan City, Bindoy town, Bais City, Manjuyod town, three in Sta. Catalina town, and four in Dumaguete City, and 10 of these have been accredited with PhilHealth, she added.*JFP
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