There’s always something inspiring about companies or organizations that actively pursue (and not just promote) the welfare and well-being of their people. I discovered that one such organization is LANDBANK OF THE PHILIPPINES, when they recently had me as main guest speaker for their breastfeeding forum at the LANDBANK PLAZA.
I found the title of the forum “More Milk, Please!” cute and very catchy. Apparently, the forum was formerly held annually in August during breastfeeding month but was soon approved to be held more frequently on a semestral basis. The forum was also part of LANDBANK’s ILive Wellness Program, a platform for giving their employees opportunities to achieve optimum health and an environment conducive to the pursuit of wellness.
I was more than glad to be on-board this project. Interestingly, the organizers just got my name from Google, and was able to reach me after placing only several calls. See, I am not that hard to find! I learned later on that since the last breastfeeding forum in August, there was a strong clamor coming from the employees to hold another one.I realized there really is a big gap that needs to be filled as far as breastfeeding education is concerned. There will always be new moms out there, even the ones on their second or third baby, who will need answers and guidance.
Overseeing the proceedings (and making me feel welcome) were Dr. Michaela Ramos, an Internist, and Head for LANDBANK’s Employee Wellness Unit and Ms. Gemma Sanchez, Employees Department Assistant and Coordinator for the ILive Wellness Program.
So this most recent forum had 29 mom-attendees. The most attended by far, as what I was told. Out of the 29, four were expectant moms and the rest were still lactating (expressing milk and nursing at night).
LANDBANK, obviously, is also a big supporter of breastfeeding or mother’s milk for infants.Their facility comes with a 2-cubicle breastfeeding station. Moms have access to this station if they need to express milk and there’s a freezer to store them. What more – they have a day care center in the premises. Employees who cannot afford to leave their kids at home can bring them to work and relegate their care to the teachers there. I couldn’t help but admire the extent they go to just to meet the wellness, recreational and (even) spiritual needs of their employees.
Also, joining me were my super supportive sponsors: VMV HYPOALLERGENICS AND PASCUAL LAB (PROLACTA AND POTEN-CEE).
I’d say we had a very engaging and lively forum. I was able to share a lot of invaluable points about breastfeeding, and again, seeing the looks on the moms’ faces, they must have picked up a lot too! What an exhilarating experience! To God be the glory!