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These Are the Top 10 Airports for Breastfeeding Parents

Ahead of travel season check out these breastfeeding-friendly airports to keep on your radar when booking your next flight.
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October 26, 2022
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Travel season is here! As many prepare for the unique challenges of flying as a family, nursing parents often search far and wide for a safe and private place to pump in airports. While legislation like the Friendly Airport for Mothers Act requires all medium and large airports to have a lactation space in every terminal, some airports go above and beyond to provide parents with clean and private places for pumping and nursing.

To help breastfeeding parents find and fly into the best airports Mamava, the creator of private lactation suites built for public spaces, created a list of the best airports for breastfeeding parents.

While airports are usually ranked on customer service, on-time arrival rates, and overall amenities, Mamava ranked their list based on the best places for private pumping and nursing. Without further ado, here are the Top 10.

Top 10 Airports for Breastfeeding Parents

1. Orlando International Airport (MCO)

With the addition of a new train station and terminal, MCO is now home to the most lactation spaces of any airport, 18, and has 14 Nursing Rooms and four Mamava pods. From a fun garden to a wellness garden, MCO also offers interactive spaces and art exhibits for the whole family.

2. San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

SFO has 17 lactation spaces —11 Nurseries (all require using airport courtesy phones to request access) and six Mamava pods. Family-friendly activities include a variety of interactive “Kids’ Spots” in both Terminals 2 and 3, as well as rotating art exhibits from the SFO Museum.

3. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

ORD provides a total of 16 lactation spaces, six Mother’s Rooms and 10 Mamava lactation pods. All the lactation spaces are open 24/7. If you’re flying with little ones, you’ll find a convenient Oops! Diapers 2Go vending machine in Terminal 3 near Gate G3 and a play area in the Family Lounge in Terminal 2.

4. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)

ATL has 15 lactation spaces throughout their six concourses and Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC), including 12 Mamava pods, one Mother’s Room, and two Minute Suites (the first 30 minutes are free).

5. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

JFK boasts 12 lactation spaces (11 Mamava pods and one Nursing Room) across six terminals. If you’re traveling with little ones, the Jet Blue Terminal (Terminal 5) offers an outdoor area called “T5 Rooftop” (across from gate 28) with a play area.

6. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

PHX has 12 lactation spaces—six Mother’s Rooms and six Mamava pods. If you’re traveling with kiddos, PHX offers downloadable coloring pages and puzzles to help keep little hands busy. If you’re leaving your car, be sure to take advantage of the family-friendly parking spaces in the East Economy Parking area and garage.

7. Logan International Airport (BOS)

BOS does a great job of supporting traveling breastfeeding parents with 11 lactation spaces across four terminals: there are five nursing rooms in Terminal A, one in Terminal B, one in Terminal C, plus four Mamava pods (one in Terminal E, one in Terminal C near the C/E connector, and two in Terminal B). If you’re traveling with kiddos, you’ll find an interactive Kidport play area in Terminals A, B, and C.

8. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Parents flying through LAX will find 11 nursing rooms—one in each terminal. For parents with bigger kiddos, hit up LAX Beach, a mini beach-themed playground, located post-security in the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

9. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

Traveling parents will now find 11 lactation spaces—including nine Mamava pods— throughout the airport. Try the At Your Gate food delivery service to make life easier when you’re juggling little ones.

10. Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)

DTW has nine lactation spaces (DTW calls them “nursing rooms”) for travelers across the airport: three are located in Evans Terminal and five are in the McNamara Terminal. All the rooms have a comfortable chair, a sink, counter, and electrical outlets. Plan ahead, as you’ll need to call the number on the door to gain a one-time access code (the phone is staffed 24/7).

Be sure to check out Mamava’s full list of 16 awesome airports to fly through on your next trip and take advantage of its helpful locator app for guidance finding pumping hot spots on the go. And before you head out, take a look at a few tips to make pumping while traveling easier.

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