DAVAO CITY – Ateneo de Davao University launched its new and first Lactation Station on April 10, 2017 at 4th Floor, Community Center, AdDU Jacinto Campus. Assistant to the President for Research and Advocacy Atty. January Faye R. Bello gave a brief rationale of the event.
Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Maria Teresa L. Ungson participated the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony which was headed by the University President Fr. Joel E. Tabora of the Society of Jesus. Among the attendees were Atty. Niceforo V. Solis, Jr. (HR Director), Regional Director Raymundo Agravante (DOLE XI), Ms. Naomilyn C. Abella (Assistant Regional Director, DOLE XI), Ms. Ma. Clarose M. Mascardo IYCF (Infant and Young Child Feeding) Regional Program Manager, Dr. Josephine J. Villafuerte (Head, City Health Office) and Ms. Lyn Tan (President, LATCH Davao).
After the brief ceremony, it was then followed by the Rite of Blessing of the new Lactation Station officiated by Fr. Joel E. Tabora assisted by the College Campus Ministry Office.
The lactation room has two nursing stations where the mothers can express milk or nurse their babies. Inside the room are a refrigerator, a table for changing baby’s diaper, lavatory and two breast pumps.
According to Ms. Nelia T. Villarta, Wellness Officer of the Ateneo de Davao University, they are also planning to put up a Lactation Station at their Elementary and High School Campus located at Matina, Davao City.
Finally, a short talk on breastfeeding myths was discussed by LATCH Davao (Lactation – Attachment – Training – Counselling – Help) a Non-Profit Organization in Davao City. It was attended by pregnant and lactating mothers / staff of Ateneo de Davao University.