Published : Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | 5:11 PM
Hollywood Burbank Airport, owned and operated by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, has installed the first of two lactation suites for nursing mothers.
The lactation suite, a self-contained, mobile pod with a bench, a side table and amenities for plugging in breast pumps and charging devices, becomes the 500th lactation suite delivered by Mamava, a Burlington, Vermont-based company that produces private, freestanding lactation suites for nursing mothers.
“We are so pleased that our 500th Mamava is being placed at Hollywood Burbank Airport,” Mamava CEO and Co-Founder Sascha Mayer said. “Women who are nursing and travel for work have an incredibly difficult time on the road. Our first suite was installed at an airport and now [so is] our 500th, a full circle of support for traveling mothers.”
An announcement by the joint airport authority said a nursing mother who wants to use the lactation suite can have free access through a smartphone app by Mamava, which activates a multi-function mechanical SmartLock with BlueTooth on the pod.
Each unit stands nine feet five inches wide, five feet four inches deep and seven feet three inches high, and weighs 900 pounds. It has two interior outlets with USB ports for the breast pumps and chargers, a 60-inch turn around space, a mirror, and grab bars for ADA compatibility. The pod has motion-activated interior lighting and ceiling vents as well.
The suite is now located across from Gate A4 in the airport’s Terminal A. The airport authority said a second lactation suite will be installed next month in Terminal B, across from Gate B4.
Lamar Alliance Airport Advertising is paying for both lactation pods as part of its concession agreement with Hollywood Burbank Airport, the announcement said.
Mamava specializes in lactation space design, thoughtfully designing solutions for breastfeeding mothers who are traveling. The Mamava app, free for iOS and Android devices, helps moms find pumping and breastfeeding friendly locations on-the-go, unlock Mamava suites through the proprietary Smart Lock, and find useful breastfeeding content.