Breastfeeding in the Philippines
If you are a mom that has breastfeeding baby, you will not always leave your precious baby to anyone else if you want to go to malls or commercial establishment to buy some stuff you need. Thus, you always carry your precious baby whenever you do a malling shopping, unless you have a very trustworthy “yaya” or nanny you can entrust your baby. For recently there are reports of “yaya” kidnapping the babies they were entrusted to took care of and sell the babies to some who wanted to buy one or that hired “yaya” of yours is a member of a baby selling syndicate that do baby trafficking, which you unknowingly know. Thus, nowadays it is safe to carry your own baby whenever you may go if you can’t trust anyone.
On SM malls in the Philippines, there is station build within the mall which you could breastfeed you own baby if your baby needs it while you are shopping in the malls of SM. Moreover, not only breastfeeding but also you can change your baby’s diaper also in the room plus a lavatory to wash some stuffs and an added registered nurse is hired to assist you. It is a good idea which some breastfeeding moms today have embraced or patronized while they are in the SM malls. I just don’t know on other malls and shopping establishment in the Philippines if they have a breastfeeding station similar to SM malls, however, if there is, it surely be reported.
The breastfeeding station was built by SM to support breastfeeding activities which some workaholic moms shun today and resort to commercial milk feeding activity to feed their babies. For breastfeeding is important for both breastfeeding moms and their babies to avoid some illness like infections, stomach problems, etc.
Actually, there is a Breastfeeding Week in the Philippines which are held every August 1 -7 annually and SM malls actively participate on this celebration since it builds breastfeeding station for malling moms in their respective malls in the Philippines. It is their act of care and responsibility to all breastfeeding moms who walks within the perimeter of their malls, for if they don’t do such, the SM malls will be the one who will responsible if something wrong happens.
Furthermore, the breastfeeding stations built by SM malls could also serves as a marketing strategy to lure buyers or customers who are carrying babies to enter their malls than on other malls who do not have such breastfeeding station facility.