UVM unveils two private breastfeeding pods

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Nursing mothers have a new option to pump or breastfeed on the University of Vermont campus.

UVM unveiled a new Mamava pod Tuesday morning in Discovery Hall. A second pod on campus will be located at Patrick Gym. Staff said they heard from moms on campus about a need for breastfeeding and pumping stations because some locations didn't offer enough privacy.

Kate Pfeiffer, the UVM women's field hockey coach. has a seven-month-old daughter and says the gym location was a game-changer for her to manage motherhood and work.

"It's fantastic. Our schedules change daily. It's hard to find the time, not to mention the privacy, to be able to pump or nurse. So, it's an awesome location for us," Pfeiffer said.

She says before this, she would use her car or other private spots, but they weren't always secure like the Mamava pods. She says the pod in Patrick Gym is also a convenient location for moms who attend the university's sporting events and who need a private space to take care of their infants and themselves.

Mamava is a Burlington-based company founded in 2013 by entrepreneurs Sascha Mayer and Christine Dodson. The company's breastfeeding pods have popped up around the country in offices, airports and other public locations.