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Solo si baby at mommy: Pia Cayetano gets wish for breastfeeding room at House

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Nursing mothers at the House of Representatives do not have to look for empty rooms or bathroom cubicles to express milk because there are already dedicated breastfeeding rooms inside the legislative complex.

House Deputy Speaker and Taguig City representative Pia S. Cayetano on Monday led the inauguration of the first breastfeeding room at the House.

The room was built after Cayetano delivered a privilege speech and wrote the House leadership requesting the establishment of the facility as mandated by law.

A similar request was also made to the House leaders in a separate letter sent by a group of breastfeeding mothers employed at the House.

“If there are three mothers this month that will have the pleasure of using this lactation room, that would translate to three babies being breastfed longer and protected better,” Cayetano said.

Under Republic Act 10028 or the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act, there are paid lactation breaks for nursing mothers during work hours. The law also mandates the establishment of lactation rooms in public places and facilities, as well as government and private workplaces.

The landmark law was signed in 2009 by then President and current House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.