My last installment on BFF 9, and my last post in this BFF series!
Evia Lifestyle Center (Daang Hari, Muntinlupa)
Location: Inside the female restrooms, Lower Ground Level, Building A (In front of Ace Hardware)
In Evia, the Breastfeeding room is a simple little room inside the female restroom of Building A. And when I say simple, it really just has two chairs and a changing table.
No sockets here, warm lights or music. Although I must say, at least the sinks are right outside so you can wash your hands after changing baby. There’s also a chaise lounge chair right outside, in the waiting area of the restroom. I guess female companions can wait here while you breastfeed.
Incidentally, the toilets in this restroom are Kohler. Again, just saying.
SM Southmall (Alabang-Zapote Road, Las Piñas)
Location: Second Floor (near Ace Hardware and the escalators)
The breastfeeding area houses one couch and two armchairs, so about four moms can breastfeed at a time. I remember one time, we were three moms breastfeeding there and it already felt cramped. (Though it was vacant when I came to take pictures). No strollers or shopping bags allowed. Also, as you can see from the photos, you’re face to face with the other moms.
There is also no nearby changing station for nappy changes. I think SM needs to understand that after a breastfeeding baby feeds, he most probably will poop… or vice-versa.
Sorry, but another rant I have is the breastfeeding station is right next to an office and the mall’s clinic. I know there may be those who will say that just taking baby to the mall exposes him/her to viruses and germs, but still, I felt uneasy having to walk my baby past the sick patients to get to the small room and breastfeed. Wish they’d locate it in separate family lounge, maybe, away from direct exposure to communicable diseases?
SM City BF (Sucat, Parañaque)
Location: Third Level (Near the restrooms and Our Home)
I haven’t seen the breastfeeding stations in the other SM Malls (aside from Southmall), but this is another one beside (same access) to the mall clinic. The design/plan for this one is slightly better than the one in SM Southmall though, since there are curtains put up for privacy of three mother-baby pairs, it’s roomier, and there are two more armchairs which can accommodate two more pairs.
There are also two sets of sinks (I presume for use of the clinic and its patients as well). Again, like the one I used in SM Southmall, you’ll have to go out to the restrooms to change diapers, companions have to wait outside, and strollers and shopping bags are not allowed.
So there! Six malls SOM (South of Manila) with breastfeeding or nursing stations.
My favorite breastfeeding stations are definitely those in the Ayala Malls: great layouts, fairly spacious and accessible, and planned with privacy, convenience and comfort in mind for moms, babies and their families. But all the same, thumbs up to all malls that have breastfeeding stations!
Oh, I’m sentimental! This my last post on my BFF’s (Breastfeeding Finds, more here) series!
Always remember, Mommy: You’re awesome, and your baby thanks you and loves you very much! Happy Breastfeeding!