Danielle Espiritu, 31, gave birth to her youngest child four months ago. After her 60-day maternity leave ended, she went back to work as a senior analytics investment officer at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) where she works weekdays from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Though she tandem breastfeeds her two kids Enzo, now 3 years old, and Elijah, her youngest, she doesn't worry about leaving them at home — she knows that even while she's at work, she can fulfill her duties to give them the best nutrition possible, thanks largely to a parent-friendly environment at work.
In fact, Danielle is an active member of Breastfeeding Peer Support Mothers, a group composed of moms employed at the BSP, which provides help and information on breastfeeding not only within the company, but also to a larger community outside of work whenever necessary. When typhoons Ondoy, Pablo, Sendong, Yolanda and the Marawi Crisis struck, the group went out of their way to lend a hand and protect the cause of breastfeeding.
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"[The group] has shown commitment in the protection of breastfeeding through their active participation in breast milk donation drives during emergencies," says BSP, which earned the Breastfeeding Advocate award from the Philippine Pediatric Society last August. The group has likewise been recognized by the UP-PGH Human Milk Bank Unit for its advocacy.
And just recently, the BSP received certification as a Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace from the Department of Health. Aside from having lactation stations (one for each of its three buildings) as required by Philippine law under RA 10028 (Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009), BSP also has a breastfeeding policy that is strictly enforced.