Published on : Friday, September 2, 2016
On the heels of National Breastfeeding Month, Miami International Airport today unveiled a comprehensive program for nursing and pumping mothers. The MIA program includes eight custom-branded MIAmamas (pronounced “mia mamas”) nursing suites located on each of MIA’s concourses, with two in Concourse D and one in the Concourse E Satellite facility. Passengers can locate the new suites via MIA’s free mobile app, MIA Airport Official.
“Nursing moms are free to feed or pump anywhere at MIA, but these suites now give them an option that is private and peaceful,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “We’ve made it our goal to provide our passengers with the latest, most customer-friendly services available, and the MIAmamas nursing suites are the latest way that we are accomplishing that goal.”
Manufactured by Vermont-based Mamava, the MIAmamas suites are self-contained, mobile units with two comfortable benches, a fold-down table, an electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump, and a door that can be locked for privacy. The 4-foot-by-8-foot suites are meant for individual use, but can fit mothers with luggage, other children or a travel companion. Interior surfaces of the lactation suites are made of food-service-grade Fiberglass and Corian®.
After a press conference by MIA and Mamava officials to announce the program, event attendees were able to view the interior of a nursing suite. MIA has also launched an airport-wide employee awareness campaign for the MIAmamas program.
“MIA has become a role model for other airports with this comprehensive initiative, and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate with them,” said Mamava Co-founder and CEO Sascha Mayer. This program speaks volumes of their commitment to support their nursing travelers and customers, ensuring that moms – anywhere in the airport – have a dignified space in which to pump or nurse. I couldn’t think of a better way to wrap up National Breastfeeding Month!”