U.S. Bank Stadium to have Mamava ‘lactation suites’


Mothers attending U.S. Bank Stadium will have a safe and private place to take care of their lactation needs.

In a very progressive move, the Minnesota Vikings have partnered with Mamava to install four “lactation suites” in U.S. Bank Stadium, the future home of the team.  The official Minnesota Vikings website offered the following statement from Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren:

"“Creating a family-friendly environment and a positive experience for all fans at our football games is paramount to the Minnesota Vikings. While we certainly encourage breastfeeding mothers to nurse where they feel comfortable, we have become increasingly aware of the need many moms have for the privacy and comfort that these Mamava lactation suites provide.”"

Dec 21, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Minnesota Vikings fans celebrate a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in the second quarter of the game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

The decision to partner with Mamava for the lactation stations at U.S. Bank Stadium is one that both sides of the situation gave a lot of thought to.  Sascha Mayer, the co-founder of Mamava, also issued a statement about the partnership.

"“Until now female NFL fans who have wanted privacy for feeding have had to nurse or pump in a bathroom, or worse yet, stay home due to the lack of amenities for nursing. We believe that all mamas deserve a safe, clean and comfortable place to use a breast pump or breastfeed – anywhere, anytime. Mamava pods provide flexibility for facilities and easy access for moms.”"

Providing these stations is a great way to allow moms in the stadium to both relieve the pressure of lactation or feed a young child without worrying about the possibility of gawkers and critics.  Public breastfeeding has been a hot-button issue for several years now, and for the Minnesota Vikings and U.S. Bank Stadium to offer something like a lactation suite should help put an end to that kind of controversy.

This is a major step for the NFL and I’m glad that the Minnesota Vikings and U.S. Bank Stadium are taking the initiative to be at the forefront of this progressive movement.  Bravo, Vikings.

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