If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know that we support moms feeding their babies any time, any place they are hungry. That doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate it when businesses or organizations create a comfortable place for nursing moms to duck into for privacy (or climate control) if they’d prefer.
We’re excited to see that Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood has opened a “Community Lactation Center,” where nursing moms who are out and about can slip inside during opening hours to nurse in one of the armchairs. The New York Daily News reports that the project was led by Councilman Robert Cornegy, a father of 6.
He told the Daily News that “Providing comfortable, well-equipped spaces for nursing relieves mothers of a major, daily inconvenience and stress.” How nice would it be to have such a place open to the public in your area? I’d love to be able to duck into a cozy nursing room if I were out with my kids on a hot day or in a rainstorm.
I love that the space is also available for moms who need to pump their milk. As a freelance worker, I have no office space, so when I’m out and about, I’ve needed to crowd-source a location to pump my milk. This community lactation space is even stocked with a refrigerator if moms are expressing their milk as well as handouts and pamphlets to help support nursing mothers in the area.
Does your area have a lactation center that’s open to the community? Leave us a comment to share your experiences!