Nashville approves funding for mobile breastfeeding stations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. —
Metro Council approved funding to add mobile breastfeeding rooms that will rotate between the city's major venues.
Megan Prichard takes her 5-month-old daughter running. She's yet to take her to a sporting event because she tries to avoid having to breastfeed in public.
"My husband has gone to places, he's watched her so I can go places," Prichard said. "We have not been out at a sporting event with her because of that reason
That may soon change with the introduction of two breastfeeding stations called Mamava Suites.
Metro Council approved matching a $12,000 donation from the Titans, Predators, Sounds and Baby and Company to build them Tuesday night.
The plan is to rotate the stations between First Tennessee Park, Bridgestone Arena, Nissan Stadium and the Ascend Amphitheater
"We have lots of women who enjoy sports as well, and many of these folks are nursing mothers and we want to be family friendly," said Metro Finance Director Talia Lomax-O'dneal.
The stations will provide a door guard and privacy that mothers like Charity Williams wouldn't find otherwise.
"It will be beneficial to moms so we don't have to go to the restroom to feed our kids," Williams said.
In Prichard's case, moms wouldn't have to skip the things she and her husband used to do, before becoming parents.
"I think that would be awesome because we would take her a lot more places and have more time as a family to go to events go to sporting events and worry she has to eat in two hours we should go and come back," Prichard said.