Ecuador already has 66 lactarios. But these spaces are no longer found only in the workplaces of mothers, but in public spaces. Precisely, the Shopping Center (C.C.) Quicentro Shopping, north of Quito, opened a few days ago its lactation room.
This has chairs, refrigerator, sink, television and hygiene implements. This is how it is constituted in the third public lactarium opened by the dairy company El Ordeño in alliance with the DK Management Group, owners of several malls.
The Ministry of Public Health (MSP) and the Ministry of Labor signed the interministerial agreement so that the implementation of breastfeeding support rooms in companies and private institutions is mandatory.
The document states that every employer who has dependence on people in breastfeeding should implement a special space. The sites must be “fit, comfortable, hygienic and accessible so that women who are breastfeeding can perform this practice, extract, store and preserve breast milk.”
In the Mall del Pacífico, in Manta and in C.C. Quicentro Sur, in Quito, these spaces were also enabled with the endorsement of the MSP. It is estimated that each of them rotate around 50 mothers a day. In the same way these units will be inaugurated in the San Marino shopping centers, in Guayaquil, San Luis Shopping and Granados Plaza in the capital. At the Mariscal Sucre International Airport, in Quito and at the Maltería Plaza, in Latacunga, the initiative will also be incorporated.
According to Juan Grijalva, general manager of El Ordeño, the investment in each lactarium ranges from $ 3,000 to $ 5,000. They are permanently open sites, mothers usually can not feed their children due to lack of comfort and privacy.
“We want the children to be well nourished.” The intention is part of the actions taken by the Government through Misión Ternura and Misión Mujer. (I)