Although breastfeeding is a natural part of motherhood, mothers who nurse their babies in public places often trigger negative responses from others, and many mothers feel uncomfortable feeding their babies outside their homes. So Mamava, a company committed to changing the cultural perception of pumping and nursing, set out to solve the problem.
Founded by two designers prompted to action by their personal experiences as working, nursing moms, Mamava designed freestanding pods called “lactation suites” to provide mothers with safe, private places to pump and nurse. The first pod, complete with seating, a fold-down table, a power supply for breast pumps, and plenty of space for bags and strollers, was installed at Burlington International Airport in August 2013.
Now you can find lactation suites (in 15 states) at airports, malls, and college campuses across the country. Three more pods are also set to open at JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty airports in New York and New Jersey this May, just in time for Mother’s Day. To find a station near you, download the free Mamava Lactation Station Locator on iTunes.