Boston, MA– In recent times, breastfeeding has become a strangely polarizing and incendiary topic. Debates have ranged from if it's ever okay to breastfeed in public, to where exactly in public is acceptable and where it isn't. For something that is necessary to the survival of a newborn child, all this controversy seems strange.
Luckily, Boston has decided to take the high road.
On Monday morning, Mayor Martin J. Walsh unveiled a new public lactation booth located in the main lobby on the third floor of Boston City Hall. The room is free and open during normal business hours.
Mayor Walsh said, "At Boston City Hall and throughout our city, we need to ensure there are resources and support for parents, and I'm proud this new resource will be available to all at City Hall," said Mayor Walsh. "We look forward to continuing our work supporting parents and children throughout Boston, building resource for those who are raising the next generation of Bostonians."
The breastfeeding room was created by Mamava, a women-owned business whose goal is to change our perception of breastfeeding and create comfortable, accessible spaces for working women to breastfeed or pump milk. Some women are comfortable breastfeeding in public, but for those who are not, this is one more location to add to the lists of free places women can go around the city that offer a more private spot.
Speaking at the unveiling was Sascha Mayer, co-founder and CEO of Mamava: "We're thrilled to support breastfeeding people at Boston City Hall...We believe that all caregivers deserve a clean, comfortable, and dignified place to use a breast pump or breastfeed distraction-free -- anywhere, anytime. Mamava pods provide flexibility for facilities and easy access."
By using the Mamava app, users can find the closest pumping and breastfeeding stations in whichever city they live in.
This announcement was made during the International Women's Day commemoration held at Boston City Hall. The initiative was led by the Mayor's Office, and was a joint initiative among Property Management, the Digital team, the Mayor's Offices of Women's Advancement, New Urban Mechanics, and Strategic Partnerships.