Mommy’s Expressing Lounges popping up at work

Now here is a brilliant Initiative from Philips AVENT, encouraging employers in UAE, to become more baby-friendly . I recently attended a talk and discussion held on the subject and walked out feeling so happy for the new moms and the expectant mommies in the city.

Returning back to work after maternity leave is emotional and physically daunting, add to that a plan for pumping breast milk at work…phew, that’s a mammoth challenge moms face! Breast feeding exclusively for around the first six months is highly recommended by WHO. After this period breastfeeding is recommended along with solid food. But let’s face reality here, most often moms are faced with workplace challenges and an environment that is not conducive to expressing milk which may compromise mothers ability to reach these breast feeding goals. How do you navigate through all of these curve balls.

GOOD NEWS MOMS..well it’s a start of something good,atleast! Philips AVENT, the company’s Mother and Childcare brand has collaborated with multidivisional conglomerate Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group to help companies outfit breast pumping rooms in their offices through a one-stop shop solution, thus encouraging employers to become more baby-friendly.

As part of the Mommy’s Expressing Lounge initiative, Philips encourages corporate offices to sign up for a partnership program, additionally the first 10 companies get a free ‘designed ideal expressing spaces fitted’. To be part of the Philips AVENT initiative, email expressinglounge@philips.com for more information or log on to www.philips.com.ae or check the Philips AVENT UAE Facebook fan page. Create awareness with you employers and moms around. This could evolve into something huge that could be life transforming for moms returning to work.

I would love to hear about personal ‘Expressing challenges’ moms have faced at their work places. Also suggestions to improve them if any. I have my personal story in the comment box below.