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BTV lands Lactation Station for breast-feeding moms

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New moms Nikki Dryden and Cassie Lindsay don't worry about feeding little Maggie and Lou Lou when departing from the Burlington Airport anymore.

"It's nice in here," Lindsay said.

"Yeah, it's very cute," Dryden agreed.

The airport just installed a first-in-the-nation, freestanding kiosk strictly for breast-feeding moms. It's called a lactation station-- the brain child of Mamava co-founder, Sascha Mayer.

"It came from personal experience," Mayer said. "I had a first child who was a great public nurser and a second who was too distracted. It would have solved that problem of needing a quiet place to do that in privacy."

The lactation station is located after security check points. There's a fold-down table, space for luggage and a stroller, and-- most importantly-- power for pumping.

"You can't pump standing up in a bathroom in an airport," Dryden said. "It's just difficult. Oftentimes your machine needs a plug in. And it's awkward to do on your couch at home, let alone the airport."

Helpful to nursing moms-- and perhaps, fellow passengers, too.

"So, a safe, quiet, peaceful, clean space can be all the difference between a successful short feed, setting you up for a good trip, and a horrible feed setting you up for crazy trip," Lindsay said.

"Yeah, and it won't upset passengers," Dryden agreed with a laugh.

The lactation station at the airport is a prototype. Mamava wants feedback on how to improve it. Then more will be made, with hopes to get others in public places. Click here for more information.

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