UAA unveils new lactation pod providing privacy for nursing moms

Published: Mar. 24, 2017 at 9:33 AM AKDT
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It's the only one in the state and the first of its kind for Alaska. The University of Alaska Anchorage unveils its new Mamava lactation pod for nursing moms.

The pod provides a dedicated, private space with seating, shelving, and electrical and USB ports to allow mothers to breast-feed their baby or pump breast milk as needed.

Moreover, the pod was funded by a grant.

Corrie Whitmore, an assistant professor of health sciences and a breast-feeding mom, was instrumental in bringing the pod to UAA, after she experienced first hand while traveling what it was like to have a clean and private space to pump.

"In an airport, it's crowded, it's busy, finding a private space like this was really helpful especially because my other option was to use the family restroom, which one I don't really want to pump in a bathroom if there's other options and two, other people needed that space," she said.

Friday's ribbon cutting is at 2:30 p.m. at the Student Union on UAA's campus. It's open to the public and the first 50 moms and babies will get onesies.