Breastfeeding Mothers Now Have a Private Place to Nurse at the Airport
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Jan. 28, 2020) – Dupont Hospital and Fort Wayne International Airport have collaborated to offer breastfeeding mothers a secure, private environment to nurse and pump while traveling. This new specially designed breastfeeding space will serve as the airport’s first dedicated nursing pod.
“This concept allows us to enhance the traveling experience for all nursing mothers by providing a more dignified space to feed baby,” said Lorenzo Suter, chief executive officer, Dupont Hospital. “When public places provide the proper accommodations with mothers in mind, it enhances the sense of support and attributes to a better overall experience.”
A lack of breastfeeding support and education can have a significant effect on a woman’s feeding success and duration. Breastfeeding has proven to provide significant health benefits for both babies and mothers, but mothers often struggle to find a comfortable place to do it.
The nursing pod provides mothers with special accommodations to feed their child or pump in preparation for baby’s next feeding. There is also a diaper changing station for added convenience. Space is also available in the nursing pod for siblings to be with mom.
“We are happy to be able to provide traveling mothers with an exclusive, private option where they can step away and feel comfortable if they wish to utilize the space for nursing or pumping,” said Scott Hinderman, executive director, Fort Wayne International Airport.
Specially designed and fabricated by local company Jensen Cabinet, Inc., the nursing pod is located on the second floor of the secured side of the terminal building near the children’s play area. The space supports health and wellness for both mom and baby and is available for all who need it.
The foundation of Lutheran Health Network is built on an experienced team of more than 7,000 employees working together with the more than 800 physicians who compose its medical staffs. The network’s more than 100 access points in northern Indiana include physician offices, urgent care clinics, outpatient centers and eight hospitals.