If you are a mom who is breastfeeding your baby, you may
feel that your social life is sometimes curtailed. Breastfeeding every two to
three hours, can make it very difficult to go out to public places if you can’t
find a clean, safe place to feed your baby when she is hungry. Thanks to
lactation rooms and breastfeeding pods which are popping up in all sorts of
places, nursing moms can escape to a quiet, private place to breastfeed and not
miss any of the fun.
Breastfeeding pods (portable enclosed spaces designed
specifically for breastfeeding or expressing milk) are already at some breastfeeding
pod airports, making travel much easier for a mom on the go. They are also
popping up at ball parks. Recently, Fenway Park in Boston, MA, added a
breastfeeding pod, so baseball enthusiasts need never miss a game.
Before you head out of the house to a public place, call
ahead and ask if they have accommodations for breastfeeding moms. You may not
have ever noticed or seen a lactation room or pod at the venue. But if you know
it is there, you may feel more comfortable bringing your baby along. You will
enjoy yourself without missing a feeding. There are even apps a new mother can use on
her phone to find breastfeeding accommodations.
So much has changed from the days when women would
breastfeed their babies in a ladies room (ugh) or worse yet – stay home and
miss special events. With the known benefits of breastmilk, it is logical that
more accommodations are being made for lactating moms, so that they can feed
their babies when they are away from home