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Breastfeeding moms get new ‘lactation pod’ at Golden 1 Center

An example of a Mamava lactation pod, designed to let nursing mothers pump and breastfeed in private, will be on the upper concourse of the Sacramento Kings new arena.
An example of a Mamava lactation pod, designed to let nursing mothers pump and breastfeed in private, will be on the upper concourse of the Sacramento Kings new arena.

Nursing moms won’t have to miss the action with the opening of a tiny breastfeeding pod in the upper decks of the new Sacramento Kings arena, the team announced Thursday.

The new lactation pod, known as a Mamava, is open for Thursday’s first regular season Kings game at Golden 1 Center.

“We’re happy they’re making a start,” said Sacramento Breastfeeding Coalition President Jeannette Newman-Velez, who said her group contacted the Kings about seven months ago seeking accommodations for breastfeeding mothers. “We wanted to make sure they had a place for breastfeeding at the Golden 1 Center. We want mothers to breastfeed wherever they and their baby are.”

The Kings says they’re the first NBA team to host a Mamava lactation pod for breastfeeding women. Resembling a colorful, rounded camper, the pod will be available to fans and employees during all Golden 1 events. Located in the upper concourse in section 214, it’s designed for one person, but can accommodate a mother with an infant and other children in tow, according to the Kings.

“Mothers who prefer privacy to breast-pump or feed can rest assured that their needs are met at the Golden 1 Center,” said Kings President Chris Granger in a statement. The new pod will be wrapped in a customized Kings logo.

The single-door pods are brightly colored and lockable from the inside. Each contains two small benches, a fold-down table and an electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump.

They’re already in airports, hospitals, community colleges and sports venues, including Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara and the Oakland International Airport. Last month, at San Francisco’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference for Silicon Valley startups, Mamava set up an inflatable breastfeeding station.

The Burlington, Vt.-based company was started by two women, both graphic designers, who were motivated by their own experiences as working mothers trying to find quiet places to nurse and pump breast milk.

“After having pumped at trade shows, airports, corporate retreats, baseball games, and even the back seat of a male client’s car, we decided enough was enough,” co-founders Christine Dodson and Sascha Mayer say on the company’s website.

Regarding the Kings, “We hate to hear of moms staying home from cheering on their favorite teams due to the lack of dignified, comfortable spaces to pump. This is a game changer for mamas heading to a Kings game,” said Mayer, in a statement.

Claudia Buck: 916-321-1968, @Claudia_Buck

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