World’s Busiest Airport Helps Support Littlest Passengers

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World’s Busiest Airport Helps Support Littlest Passengers

Lactation stations provide nursing moms with quiet place to breastfeed

A three-year campaign to convince Atlanta’s Hartsfeld-Jackson International Airport to become more family friendly has worked. The world’s busiest airport has set up lactation stations in four different concourses so nursing moms have a place to pump or breastfeed while traveling.

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Moms say it’s a vast improvement over the public restrooms, previously the sole option for nursing moms at the airport.

Airport officials says more Mamava stations will be added, if needed. “We’ve been listening to our customers over the years, and there’s a real demand for these,” Reese McCranie, director of policy and communications at Hartsfield-Jackson, told WXIA-TV, Atlanta’s NBC affiliate. “It took a little while to get here, but we’ve heard a lot of good things so far.”

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During the early planning stages, cost was a concern (each station runs about $15,000). But advertising will cover the cost and pay for upkeep.

BHM Edit Staff