nursing moms

Mother’s Day at airports – part 2

Austin Mamava

What better gift for traveling moms on Mother’s Day than more nursing pods at airports?

This past week two more airports – Austin Bergstrom International and San Antonio International Airport – joined the growing list of airports with self-contained Mamava nursing pods in the terminals.

The ‘pods’ have two bench seats, a small fold-down table, electrical and USB outlets, a mirror, and a door that can be closed for privacy with an “occupied” lock. The space is large enough so that mom can bring her baby and another child inside as well as some carry-on luggage.

In Austin, the nursing pod is installed across from Gate 7, in front of the Austin International Sister Cities Exhibit.

San Antonio International Airport already had a pre-security nursing room for moms, but this past week added two ADA-compatible Mamava nursing pods, one each in Terminals A and B.

According to Mamava headquarters, there now 26 pods in 13 airports – with more on the way:

Oakland Int’l Airport/Port of Oakland

Jacksonville International Airport

Palm Beach Airport

Atlanta International Airport

Boise Airport

Newark Airport Terminal B

Newark Airport Terminal A

JFK – JetBlue Terminal

LaGuardia Airport

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

San Antonio International Airport

Burlington International Airport

Spokane International Airport (Vermont)

General Mitchell International Airport – Milwaukee

Chicago O’Hare Airport now has special breastfeeding room


An ADA-compliant Mother’s Room at O’Hare International Airport opened late last week on the mezzanine level of the Rotunda Area, in Terminal 3 near the Yoga Room and O’Hare’s urban garden.

Terminals 1, 2 and 5 at ORD are also scheduled to get Mother’s Rooms before the end of the year.

Chicago’s Midway Airport opened a room for nursing moms with comfortable seating, a sink, wash area and wall-mounted TV in September 2014 (on Concourse C, next the Yoga Room) and a new law signed over the weekend by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will require all airports in the state to eventually offer this amenity.

Lactation facilities are becoming a popular amenity at airports, with special rooms for this purpose now at Dallas Love Field, Phoenix Sky Harbor, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Nashville International Airport and elsewhere.

Vermont’s Burlington International Airport, Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport, and New York’s JFK and LaGuardia airports and Liberty Newark International Airport have stand-alone lactation pods by Mamava.

mamava at NY Airports

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois is promoting the Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act, which would require large and medium airports nationwide to provide lactation rooms.

The legislation would require all large and medium hub airports in the U.S. to provide a private space in each terminal, accessible to people with disabilities, where mothers could go to express breast milk. FAM would give airports two years to comply with the legislation and allow them to use Airport Improvement Program funds for the purpose of complying with the new requirement.

PIT Airport creates space for nursing moms

PIT Nursing Lounge

Pittsburgh International is the latest airport to offer traveling moms access to a clean, comfortable and dedicated space to breastfeed, use a breast pump and care for young children.


Nursing lounge at PIT Airport

The lounge is located on Concourse C, across from Kidsport, by one of the airport’s two Andy Warhol exhibits.

Other airports with dedicated spaces for nursing moms include Burlington International, JFK’s JetBlue terminal, Newark Airport’s Terminal B, LaGuardia Terminal B (Concourse A), and General Mitchell International in Milwaukee, which all have stand-alone Mamava lactation stations.

mamava at NY Airports

Mamava stand-alone lactation pod at JFK Airport – JetBlue Terminal

Chicago Midway, Dallas Love Field, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix Sky Harbor and San Francisco International Airport are among the other airports that now have special spaces set aside for nursing moms as well.

Nursing room at Dallas Love Airport

Nursing lounge at Dallas Love Field