Photo Credit: Mamava
You just never know when a nursing mom is going to need to stop to pump. It could be while she's out for dinner, during a trip to the mall or -- especially when you factor in delays -- at the airport.
And while it's easy to nurse in public, we can’t say we’ve ever spotted a woman pumping in the middle of a restaurant -- which means that you’ll end up in a public restroom. Gross. So, it’s nice to know that if you happen to be traveling through Burlington International Airport in Vermont, at least, you’ll be taken care of.
NBC News reports the airport is the first in the nation to feature a “Lactation Station.” Shaped like a pod and called Mamava, the pumping/breastfeeding space has seating and enough room for a woman’s pump, luggage and stroller, plus a power outlet and table that can be folded down.
The station, which can be found after going through security, is the brainchild of Sascha Mayer, a mom who often traveled with a pump when she was nursing, according to NBC.
“I’d end up using the pump in a public bathroom, but I know women who have had to use breast pumps in cars, storage closets and some very unusual places when they travel,” she tells the network.
The airport, where a nurse-in protest was once staged, also boasts a nursing lounge before security.
“We took out a bank of pay phones that had earned maybe $17 the entire previous year,” the airport’s aviation director, Gene Richards, tells NBC. “Even if it’s only used occasionally, the lounge makes the airport more comfortable for moms.”
Mamava hopes to expand the stations to other airports, and we say that can’t happen soon enough. Air travel is stressful enough without having to worry about where you’re going to pump or breastfeed your baby. Now, who wants to book a fall trip to Vermont?