Nursing mothers have a new sanctuary when attending meetings in Philadelphia, as the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) last week became the nation's first convention center to offer a portable lactation suite for moms who wish to breast feed infants or use breast pumps in privacy.
"We are offering the new suite during meetings and conventions to offer ease and comfort for our guests," said Lorenz Hassenstein, general manager for center operator SMG. "This is another example of SMG's commitment to improving the visitor experience at PCC. This new amenity helps us to create a private place within our public environment, enhancing the center's amenities for women and families."
Created by a company called Mamava, the portable lactation suite is a self-contained mobile pod with benches, an electrical outlet, and a door that can be locked for pricacy. Totaling 4 feet by 8 feet, it's designed for one person at a time, but has space to simultaneously hold mom, infant, breast pumps, and luggage.
"Until now, women have often had to pump milk in the bathroom while they are away from their babies working a trade show or attending conferences if the show planners haven't designated a space," said Sascha Mayer, co-founder of Mamava. "We believe that all mamas deserve a safe, clean, and comfortable place to use a breast pump or breastfeed -- anywhere, anytime. Mamava pods provide flexibility for facilities and easy access for moms."
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