Mamava, maker of design solutions for nursing mothers on the go, and Burlington International Airport announced the installation of a first of its kind lactation station in the second floor terminal area, past the security checkpoints. The freestanding kiosk provides a clean, comfortable, and secure place for women who need to use a breast pump or want to nurse in privacy.
The idea for Mamava was born when cofounder Sascha Mayer faced the challenges of breastfeeding while having to travel for work. “Women who work away from their babies need to use a breast pump every few hours, and until now the only private place to do that while traveling was in a restroom or car. Neither of which are particularly private or sanitary. We believe that women deserve better.”
Gene Richards, the director of Burlington International Airport, was introduced to the Mamava concept back in 2010. He immediately saw the need to provide better accommodations for nursing mothers at Burlington International and worked with Mamava to create a Nursing Mothers’ Lounge last May that could be used by both passengers and employees of the airport. The Mamava lactation station is an additional amenity the airport is providing for nursing women. "BTV is delighted to have the opportunity to work with Mamava to provide the traveling public with the world’s first breastfeeding and pumping module located within an airport. By partnering with Mamava, we can ensure that BTV continues to exceed the needs of travelers and lead the way for breastfeeding and pumping modules in airports around the world."
The Mamava lactation station will feature seating, a fold-‐down table and power supply for pumping, and space for luggage or a stroller. Breastfeeding is welcome anywhere at the airport, but the Mamava unit will provide a comfortable place for nursing mothers who might want more privacy (or for babies who might need fewer distractions).
The Mamava at Burlington International Airport is sponsored in part by Zutano and G3K, both Vermont-‐based companies. This first Mamava will feature graphics based on prints from Zutano’s line of whimsical kids’ clothing. G3K is the design engineering and manufacturing partner behind Mamava.
“According to UNICEF, support, education, and counseling can increase exclusive breastfeeding by up to 90%,” says Michael Belenky, president of Zutano. “As a small business, our goal has always been to support working mothers and honor the needs of nursing mothers in the workplace. Sponsoring Mamava is a wonderful opportunity for us and we hope this makes its way to airports around the world.”
August was National Breastfeeding Month. Major strides are being made to support women with their choice to breastfeed. The passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 made it a requirement for employers with more than 50 employees to allow for breaks to use a breast pump or nurse a child, and to provide a private room other than a bathroom for that purpose. In 2011, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin published a “Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding.” This year, a regulation in the Affordable Care Act went into effect that requires insurers to cover the costs for breast pumps and lactation-‐support services.