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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Smart Parenting Feature: 19 of the Best Breastfeeding / Nursing Stations in Metro Manila

By Jazer Basan |


Out with your baby and you need to nurse? Head on to these breastfeeding-friendly locations.
In March 2010, the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009 was signed into a law. Also known as Republic Act 10028, it required all establishments or institutions to have lactation stations, or nursing stations, which would provide privacy to mothers who need to feed their babies while they’re out. Since then, nursing stations have been set up in malls, airports, and workplaces in compliance to this requirement. At present, however, supermarkets, restaurants, bus stations and other public facilities are yet to catch up with this ordinance.

Republic Act 10028 requires lactation stations to be equipped with a sink for hand washing, a cooling facility such as a refrigerator to store expressed milk, electrical outlets for breast pumps, a small table, and comfortable seats. Many breastfeeding stations in malls even went beyond these requirements to make breastfeeding comfortable and relaxing for moms. Let's take a look at some of the breastfeeding stations around Metro Manila, and what moms have to say about them.

1. SM Megamall
Location: Lower ground floor of Building A (near the food court and exit to Bank Drive). Its entrance is through the mall's clinic.
Facilities: a sofa, side tables, and a changing table.
Note: SM Megamall is the first mall in the country to put up a breastfeeding station in 2006.

"Their lounge has been useful to me because we frequent this mall. Their seats are comfortable and amenities are okay. Having it beside the clinic is an advantage in case I need medical assistance for myself or my baby."
- Ludy Adrao, Senior Accounting Analyst, mom to Lyka, 9 years old and John Louie, 3 years old

2. SM Mall Of Asia

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Location: Inside the mall clinic, at the far end of the 2nd floor on the Southside, Entertainment Mall, fronting Cosmic Kids.
Facilities: a sink, changing table, electrical outlets, and cushioned seats.

"Their nursing station is clean and well-equipped."
- Mercy Yu-Lim

3. SM Cubao
Location: Inside the Department Store, near Cashier 21 and Baby Co.
Facilities: cushioned seats with armrests, sink, electrical outlets

4. SM North EDSA

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Location: Lower ground floor of City Center, near the food court.
Facilities: cushioned seats with armrests, sink, electrical outlet.

5. SM Centerpoint Sta. Mesa
Location: Ground floor inside the clinic, near SM Appliance Center
Facilities: electrical outlet, changing table, 1-seater sofas, easy access to the restroom
Note: Only mother and baby are allowed inside for the duration of the feeding.

6. Greenbelt 5 Family Lounge
Greenbelt 5’s Family Lounge was styled by renowned Filipino designer Ito Kish

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Location: 4th floor, Greenbelt 5.
Facilities: Private area for breastfeeding, nursing chair with foot stool
Lounge Amenities: kids’ play area, tree design bookshelf, a business lounge, computer area with wifi and restroom with changing table.
Note: Use of the family lounge requires an Amore or VIPinoy card but the use of the nursing area is free.

"I find the couch and lighting sufficient. The curtain provides privacy to nursing mothers but lounge users could mistake the nursing area as another washroom. There's also an electrical outlet for pumps."
- Cheryl Chan-Wong, 35, stay-at-home mom, Mandaluyong City

7. Glorietta Family Lounge

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Location: Glorietta 4, 3rd floor near the Food Court
Facilities: 2 private nursing cubicles, each with an electrical outlet, cushioned single arm chair, cushioned stool. The restroom is adjacent to the Nursing Room. There is a changing table in the restroom. The lounge has a play area for kids and a mobile phone charging area.
Note: Nursing are free to use the nursing station. The lounge can be used for free by VIPinoy & Amore cardholders.

8. Trinoma
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Trinoma boasts of a spacious breastfeeding room with space for strollers. With dim, relaxing light and cool ventilation, it calms both mommy and baby for that bonding moment.
Location: Level 3 beside Sony Square
Facilities: sink, changing table, electric outlet, private cubicles
Lounge Amenities: kids’ play area, wifi, lounge, TV, charging station, restrooms
Note: Use of the family lounge requires an Amore or VIPinoy card but the use of the nursing area is free.

"The only thing I was expecting to see in a breastfeeding station is a couch, sink or refrigerator. When we got to the lounge, I was really surprised because it was way, way, way, way beyond my expectations."
- Eva Gozon, nurse and work-at-home mommy to Carlos

9. Market Market

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Location: 2nd floor, inside the family lounge.
Facilities: cozy interiors, cushioned seats with armrests, side table with lampshade, changing table, sink
Note: Free use for nursing mothers. Lounge is for the exclusive use of Amore and VIPinoy card holders.

10. Robinson's Galleria

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Location: 3rd floor, East Wing, near Mothercare
Facilities: sofa, changing table, sink

"I actually don't need to use breastfeeding rooms because I use a nursing cover but I did check out the one at Robinson's Galleria. The hallway leading up to it was cheery and bright. The basics are there -- couch, sink and changing table. It was okay but a bit cramped. "
- Bessie Colet Campillo, Enterpreneur/Owner of Nursingmom shop , mom to Amara and Adriana

11. Robinson's Place Manila
Location: 3rd floor of Pedro Gil Wing, near the Security Office and David's Salon.
Facilities: 2-seater couch with an elevated center partition that can be used as a changing table.

12. Rustan's Shangri-la Mall EDSA

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Location: 2nd floor, infants' section
Facilities: Pretty interiors, 4 arm chairs, changing table, high chair, side table

"The best breastfeeding station for me would be at Rustans Shangri-la. The walls are designed with cute fairy decors, it has a  clean and sturdy changing table, comfy seats with pllows, cushioned flooring and bean bags for kids. Use of this nursing station is free."
- Raquel Chua, 33, full time mommy to Saffron 2 y/o.

13. Rustan's Makati

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Location: 3rd floor infants' section.
Facilities: cozy interiors, couches, crib that can be used as changing table, side tables and a few toys.

"It looks very new. There are cute stickers on the wall. I loved that they really took time to design it. There was a changing table, the couches were really comfortable with lots of pillows."
- Ginger Palma Arboleda, 32 from Taguig, mompreneur and blogger

14. Rustan's Alabang Town Center

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Location: 1st floor, infants’ section
Facilities: couch, changing tables, toys, electric outlet, easy access to restroom.

"The Rustans breastfeeding station in ATC is spacious and comfortable. They don't have a sink inside the room but bathroom is just a few meters away."
- Ysabelle Lorenzo

15. Shangri-la Plaza, EDSA

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Location: Level 2, near Crossings Ramp and Planet Sports
Facilities: cushioned chairs with arm rests and pillows, refrigerator, water heater, microvawe oven, hand dryer, changing tables, electrical outlets

"Among the nursing stations that I have been to, Shangri-la Plaza Mall is the best. It is complete with amenities for moms who pump and feed directly. Now that I have switched to cloth diapers full-time, having a wash basin nearby is very helpful which Shangri-la has also kindly provided. In the many times that I have been there, there is always someone who is ready to assist, even just to open the door for you. And the place is always kept clean. It is also beside a ladies' toilet if you need to use one. "
- Smiley Bernardo, 31, QC, full-time mommy to Caitlin, 2, and Olivia, 1.

16. Eastwood

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Location: 3rd floor, between Babyland and Toys R Us.
Facilities: sink, changing table, cushioned seats with curtain partitions. There are also visuals on proper breastfeeding, and magazines

"Eastwood is one of my favorite malls because of its nursing station. They have 2 curtain-covered stalls and cozy chairs with pillows, unlike others that are open. In my experience, when my baby sees other babies in the room, she gets distracted and wants to play with them instead. "
- Jennifer Baradas-Bringas, mom to Dagny

17. Lucky China Town

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Location: 3rd floor, near the pay bathroom, between My Phone and Cherry Mobile.
Facilities: plenty of seats, sink, side table, changing table and TV.

18. Mothercare Bonifacio High Street

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Location: In-store, Bonifacio High Street Taguig
Facilities: sofa, sink, changing table, reading materials

"I love the double stations, the safety bars and the big mirror! My little one likes looking at his reflection while I change his diaper. The friendly staff are also always ready to assist."
- Jelyn Parian-Panol, mom to Ethan

19. NAIA Terminal 1

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Location: Departure gate after final X-ray, near gate 16
Facilities: electrical outlet, changing table, private cubicles with doors, hot and cold water, long sofa, tissue dispenser and hand sanitizer
Note: Open 24 hours for departing and arriving passengers.

"What’s great about the NAIA feeding station? It’s airconditioned, with 4 cubicles, cots and comfortable chairs. It comes with amenities like hand sanitizers, a water dispenser, bottle warmer and first-aid supplies, and is located right across Duty Free."
- Jenny Ong, mom and breastfeeding advocate behind Chronicles of a Nursing Mom


Sources:
Breastfeeding Pinays
http://www.gov.ph/2010/03/16/republic-act-no-10028/
http://www.unicef.org/philippines/mediacentre_9539.html
http://125.60.203.88/miaa/
http://www.chroniclesofanursingmom.com/
http://www.everydaymommydiary.com/
http://gojackiego.com/
http://kish.ph/
https://www.facebook.com/nursingmom
http://lhenglang.blogspot.com/2009/08/breastfeeding-station.html

Photo credits (used with permission):
Jenny Ong for album access
Jackie Go - Glorietta
Ito Kish - Greenbelt 5
Bessie Colet Campillo of Nursing Mom - Robinson's Galleria
Eva Gozon and Precious Quintos - Trinoma
Germaine Angeles - Robinsons Ermita
Jennifer Baradas-Bringas - SM Cubao photos
Michelle Esteban - NAIA photos
Jelyn Parian-Panol - Mothercare
Megaworld Malls Marketing Communications Team - Eastwood and Lucky Chinatown
Rustans Commercial Corporation - Marketing Communications Department
Shangri-la Plaza Marketing Communications Department
Thumbnail image from babies411.com

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