Ford Center to Introduce Baby Feeding Area

The Women's Hospital and Ford Center are announcing the grand opening of a new infant feeding space on Friday.

The announcement will be made at 10 a.m.

The new area, called the Mamava Suite, will provide parents a private, spacious and secure place to feed their babies.

Lactating mothers can use the space for pumping.

The Ford Center has offered this type of space in the past but a freestanding Mamava Suite offered an upgrade in service to families.

“We hope that the Ford Center’s addition of the Mamava Suite will increase awareness of the need for breastfeeding and pumping areas throughout the community. We’re proud to partner with The Women’s Hospital on this initiative,” said Ford Center Accounting Manager Lauren Burch. “We are a family-friendly facility and now we can offer a quiet, comfortable place for babies and parents during events.”

Gretchen Moody, the Community Education and Lactation Coordinator at The Women's Hospital, has been leading the initiative. “I am so excited to see this project come to life and help support moms with their breastfeeding goals,” said Moody. “Helping make breastfeeding and pumping comfortable and convenient improves breastfeeding success rates, leading to improved infant health.”

Manava Suites are becoming more common in airports, stadiums, convention centers, and on college campuses.

The Deaconess Foundation also contributed to the addition of the suite.

(This story was originally published on September 20, 2017)


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