By Chabeli Herrera
The Miami Herald
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Thanks to a partnership with Miami International Airport and startup “Mamava”, nursing moms who travel through the region now have a place to pump. Mamava, builds 32-square-foot portable pods with space for moms to breastfeed or pump in private.
The Miami Herald
When first-time mom Adele Valencia traveled to Colombia from South Florida last week with 5-month-old daughter Lily Louise, it was a reminder of the embarrassment many moms have to endure when nursing in public.
It was difficult enough to juggle luggage and an infant without the added discomfort of pulling out her unfortunately named Udder Covers blanket to breastfeed among strangers, Valencia said. Forget trying to pump milk in a crowded airport.
Now, a solution for nursing moms on-the-go is available at Miami International Airport, thanks to a partnership with Vermont-based Mamava, a startup that builds 32-square-foot portable pods with space for moms to breastfeed or pump in private.
Eight pods — two in Concourse D and one in each other concourse, were installed at MIA this week. Mamava already has pods in 13 other airports across the nation, but MIA’s order is its largest yet.
8 Number of Mamava units MIA is getting, more than any airport in the U.S.
“We are aware that traveling is difficult, especially for young moms. The thinking was, ‘What could we do to help these kinds of travelers?'” said Dickie Davis, the MIA public relations and digital marketing director who spearheaded the effort. “We came up with this idea of having these, but having them on a comprehensive basis.”
Davis said the airport focused on making the pods readily available to moms wherever they are in MIA. The units are even located on the airport’s mobile app. If necessary, they will be relocated to best reach traveling mothers, she said.