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LJ Reyes wishes for more breastfeeding and changing areas in PH

/ 04:16 PM June 05, 2019

LJ Reyes wishes parents would be better accommodated in the country as they care for young children, particularly in the form of breastfeeding and changing areas.

Her comment comes after a fun vacation she had with partner Paolo Contis and their two kids in sunny Siargao.

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During their trip, they bonded with Aki and baby Summer on the beach, enjoying the white sand and sailing through the crystal-blue waters on a boat.

Reyes posted a family picture of them on the shore last May 29 and said she was “fully charged with family love.”

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She said the poor mobile phone reception was an advantage as she experienced “firsts” such as jumping off a coconut tree with her firstborn Aki and accompanying him in learning how to surf.

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Fully charged with family love!❤️ it really pays off to get away from the city and spend time with your loved ones. Being away from the hustle and bustle of the city reminded me to focus on the precious people I got right here in this photo. It’s true that we all need to learn how to push that pause button. Spent the entire vacation with my focus and attention only to them! Thanks to the little to no reception at the resort we stayed at! Really glad to have been disconnected for a few days! Imagine what I would have missed!!! This trip, I jumped off a coconut tree to a river with Aki! I accompanied him in learning how to surf! These are firsts that I am so blessed to have witnessed and would never trade anything for! Pao and I were tested on our parenting skills as we brought along an infant with us! It was teamwork from packing to getting on the plane to breastfeeding everywhere! (name it! Plane, van, bangka! Lahat! Haha) Pao even had to carry Summer through a rock mountain path so we can see a rock pool! Kakaibang teamwork to! Was it tiring??? Super!!!! Ang dami nga namin nakain buong trip para may energy kami! But we also had lots of fun and memories! I can’t forget what Aki said as we were closing towards the end of our trip “Thank you Mommy and Tito Pao for bringing us here! Let’s explore more together!” And yes we will my love! I promise you that! My heart is just refilled with immeasurable love from this trip! Too many learnings and memories to share in just one post. Basta sobrang nakakahappy lang talaga! . . And so I am recharged and refreshed! For the past months, I have been busy caring for Summer and Aki. But what people do not really know is that I have been working with @starfishtrix in relaunching @mapp.ph! When you’re overwhelmed with all your duties, it’s so easy to get lost from your stand and the purpose of it all! I advocate for spending quality time with our kids! And to be able to do that, we aim to eliminate unnecessary tasks and make it easy for you to focus your attention to your family! We start this Sunday through our partnership with Ogalala for a series of FREE workshops and the relaunch of @mapp.ph on June 29! Link in bio to sign up

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Contis too shared happy memories with pictures of their trip on Instagram on Monday, June 3.

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Salamat Siargao! We will see you again soon! 😍😍😍

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After their family getaway, Reyes shared a picture on Tuesday, June 4, of her breastfeeding Summer on a boat.

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Nursing here, there, everywhere!!! Who can relate?! Pag nanay ka talaga kahit saan kahit ano pwede na to! Exclusive breastfeeding, bottle feeding, formula, kahit ano man ang paraan ng pagpapalaki natin sa ating mga anak, lahat yun same lang. Kasi galing sa puso ng isang ina! Because all we want is to give the best to our kids! Don’t you agree? At yun ang importante! We all give life to our kids that’s why I salute each and every mother! Pero ang pangarap ko talaga para sa ating mga magulang dito sa Pilipinas ay yung magkaron tayo ng maaayos na breastfeeding areas at changing areas (both in the male and female restrooms). O kaya naman magkaroon ng family room na magagamit ng buong pamilya. Alin alin ang mga favorite places nyo na may maayos na ganitong spaces for families? I have my choices but baka meron pa kayong masheshare sakin?

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She mused, “Nursing here, there, everywhere!!! Who can relate?! Pag nanay ka talaga kahit saan kahit ano pwede na to (When you’re a mom, anywhere is fine)!”

“Pero ang pangarap ko talaga para sa ating mga magulang dito sa Pilipinas ay yung magkaron tayo ng maaayos na breastfeeding areas at changing areas (both in the male and female restrooms),” she said. “O kaya naman magkaroon ng family room na magagamit ng buong pamilya.” 

(But my dream is to have proper breastfeeding areas and changing areas (both in the male and female restrooms) for parents here in the Philippines. Or a family room that can be used by the whole family.)

Some malls in Metro Manila have nursing rooms and family lounges, but it seems this is the exception rather than the rule in public spaces.

In the US, one dad called for changing tables in men’s restrooms through the #squatchallenge, which shows fathers changing their kids’ diapers on their laps as they squat. In January, New York passed a law that requires changing tables in both women’s and men’s restrooms.  /ra

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