Mamava breastfeeding suite installed at Monon Community Center

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The Mamava pod is near the KidZone, across from the gymnasium, at the Monon Community Center. The suite was installed April 13. (Submitted photo)

By Heather Collins

Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation is the first park system in Indiana to install Mamava, a private breastfeeding suite. The suite is inside the west building of the Monon Community Center.

Lindsay Labas, CCPR marketing director, said center members brought up the idea, then CCPR Chief Operating Officer Michael Klitzing saw a Mamava lactation pod while at a conference. CCPR decided to install the suite as a solution for the community’s request.

“It is our culture to be inclusive, and while we welcome breastfeeding everywhere, by installing a Mamava suite, we are now able to accomodate all new moms, some of which may not be comfortable breastfeeding/pumping in public,” Labas said. “We hope that by providing this amenity, new moms will get the best of both worlds by being able to breastfeed/pump when they need to and fit their workouts into their busy schedule.”

The 4-foot by 8-foot pod is equipped with fold-down tables to hold bags or a breast pump, an outlet and USB port and two benches. The suite also is equipped with air conditioning.

The freestanding lactaction suite is the first product developed by Mamava, a company dedicated to transforming the culture of breastfeeding.

Labas said CCPR has received a great response from new moms thus far.

For more, visit carmelclayparks.com

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