ITHACA, NY (WENY) - The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is trying to make traveling easier for nursing mothers.
The airport recently installed a "Mamava" suite. It's a lactation suite to give mothers the choice to nurse their infants in private.
“We were disturbed to learn that some of our travelers who are nursing mothers and seeking privacy were forced to do so in the women’s restroom,” said Director of Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, Mike Hall.
The airport does not prohibit women from breastfeeding in public, but officials wanted to offer women more options.
The Mamava suite comes with a multi-functional mechanical SmartLock with Bluetooth, which syncs with the Mamava mobile app to provide security to nursing mothers and their families. The Mamava suite contains one collapsible table, which provides space for a breast pump, as well as two benches, which can fit a mother, her partner, additional children, or luggage, such as a stroller. There is also an AC and USB outlet, so that mothers can charge their devices while in the suite.
Adding the suite has been a long-time goal of the airport, according to airport officials. They found money in this year's budget to purchase one.