The recently passed Friendly Airport for Mothers Act, which requires all medium and large airports to have a lactation space in every terminal, will make a world of a difference for nursing moms who have to travel. The downfall, however, is airports have until 2020 to make this adjustment. Until then, breastfeeding mamas are on their own.
Luckily, Mamava’s list of the best airports for breastfeeding moms makes things a bit easier. Mamava is the creator of the revolutionary lactation suites designed for public transportation hubs, public spaces and private businesses. Before it handed out the title to its 10 winners, it set a few ground rules in place.
First, Mamava looked at the busiest airports to increase the odds of helping the most mothers. From there, each airport needed to have at least four lactation spaces in order to make the cut.
Its top five airports in the US are Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Miami International Airport (MIA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Logan International Airport (BOS) and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL), respectively.
Moms traveling to and from LAX are privy to eight nursing rooms. The best part—no matter which airline you choose to fly, LAX offers you a space to nurse in each terminal. MIA is another mom-friendly spot, with eight Mamava pods scattered throughout all of its terminals.
Moms touching down in IAD will find eight nursing rooms throughout airport, four of which are post-security. Heads up—in order to use them, you have to call Airport Services or visit one of the information desks.
BOS has lactation spaces to accommodate breastfeeding moms in four terminals, including two nursing rooms and two Mamava pods. Plus, two more Mamava pods will be available in December—just in time for holiday travels!
ATL has six Mamava pods in each terminal area, with helpful resources for mamas, including breast pads and hand wipes.
The other airports to make the list include Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Orlando International Airport (MCO).
Be sure to check out Mamava’s full list for a detailed breakdown on each airport, as well as 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 all the easier.