Finally, some progress to make life easier for nursing moms on the go.
Part of the difficulty of breastfeeding is not just getting the technique down, or even learning to sooth the soreness. It partially lies in finding an "appropriate" place to do so while in public.
It affects all women, especially if you are a mom. They're required to go through great lengths and taught to feel shame, simply for using their boobs for they're biological purpose — for feeding their children!
The sad reality is that this sometimes means being shunned to tiny bathroom stalls or shifting uncomfortably underneath a blanket. Oh, and if you're traveling with child? Well, that just makes the whole thing far more unpleasant.
But, good news, ladies! New York airports are taking a step in rectifying this sore situation. How so? They're starting to equip themselves with "nursing pods" for mothers.
One will be placed in the JetBlue terminal of John F. Kennedy Airport, two in Newark Liberty International Airport, and one at La Guardia Airport. It's not that many, but hey, it's a start!
The pods will be open to the public beginning May 7th, as an early celebration for Mother's Day. Mamava, whose goal is to make the world friendlier for nursing mothers, created the pods with Seventh Generation's sponsorship.
What's it like in there? It's reportedly a 4-foot-by-8-foot space with two benches and an electrical outlet.
"Airports can be stressful environments and are busy, and we want to give moms a clean and comfortable area where they can pump or nurse," Ashley Orgain, Seventh Generation's Manager of Mission Advocacy and Outreach, tells The New York Times.
This sounds awesome! Now to get pods into work offices, grocery stores, and just about any and every other public space for moms on the go.