As if breastfeeding is not challenging enough, finding a space to breastfeed or pump in peace and quiet can be difficult, especially if you're out and about. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to breastfeed or pump breast milk just like how you would when you're at home? That's why this breastfeeding station is in our wish list for all nursing moms out there.
Introducing the Mamava Suite, also known as breastfeeding pods. These portable breastfeeding stations were created by a design company called Mamava for moms who prefer a private space to pump or nurse. The size of these nursing pods can easily fit in any corner of a mall, airport or even in an office.
Every breastfeeding pod has an AC and USB outlet, so you can plug your breast pump and charge your phone at the same time. It has ample seating space--two benches for one mom, her bags, or stroller, and even her partner and her older kids. There's also a collapsible table for a breast pump. It is made with food-grade material, so it's clean and safe. It even comes with an app, so it's easier to find a pod when you need it.
Mamava founders Christine Dodson and Sasha Mayer had the idea for a free-standing lactation station after reading a 2006 New York Times article that talked about how many women stopped breastfeeding because it was nearly impossible to do it after returning to work. These two moms have "been there, done that" when it comes to breastfeeding in public. Their goal is to to have "a healthier society due to a changed cultural perception of pumping/nursing that affords every woman the opportunity to nurse her child regardless of her circumstances."
Now, before you object that it defies the point of normalizing breastfeeding, Dodson and Mayer believe otherwise. "We have never wanted to hide breastfeeding. Our goal is to do just the opposite by raising the profile of this natural human function, and celebrating the realities of the logistics involved in taking on breastfeeding for the many, many mothers who need to be away from their babies." In giving nursing moms the option to use the pods, their presence in public places also helps promote breastfeeding.
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According to the Republic Act 10028 or the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009 of the Philippines, private enterprises as well as government agencies, including government-owned and government-controlled corporations, are required to put up lactation stations so breastfeeding moms wouldn't have to do so in public bathrooms--in case they don't want to expose skin or use a cover while breastfeeding in public.
Currently, Mamava breastfeeding pods are available in international airports across the globe, and even in colleges, civic centers, arenas, stadiums, convention centers, hospitals, private offices, fulfillment centers, and even a mall. Maybe it’s time to bring them here, too.
Would you like to see these breastfeeding pods here in the country?
Sources March 10, 2016. “These State-Of-The-Art “Breastfeeding Pods” Could Be The Answer To Your Prayers” (babble.com)