Once the site of a protest regarding the in-flight treatment of a breastfeeding mom, Burlington International Airport recently became the first U.S. airport to install a dedicated breastfeeding and pumping station.
The pod-shaped, post-security “Lactation Station” from Mamava, was installed the airport earlier this week and is now available to on-the-go mothers. The freestanding kiosk features easy-to-clean surfaces, a fold-down table, a power outlet and space that can comfortably accommodate seating, a breast pump, luggage and a stroller.
Gene Richards, Burlington International's aviation director, asked Mamava to design the station as part of the airport's efforts to enhance the traveling experience for everyone passing through the airport. The airport also opened a pre-security lounge for nursing mothers in May.
The self-contained, post-security Lactation Station — located near a restroom — to be popular because there’s usually no place to comfortably use a breast pump on a plane or on a short layover.