SOURCE: Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

September 02, 2016 12:29 ET

MIA Unveils Nursing Suites for Traveling Mothers

MIAmamas Program Is One of the Largest in the U.S. for Nursing Moms

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwired - September 02, 2016) - On the heels of National Breastfeeding Month, Miami International Airport today unveiled a comprehensive program for nursing and pumping mothers. The MIA program includes eight custom-branded MIAmamas (pronounced "mia mamas") nursing suites located on each of MIA's concourses, with two in Concourse D and one in the Concourse E Satellite facility. Passengers can locate the new suites via MIA's free mobile app, MIA Airport Official.

"Nursing moms are free to feed or pump anywhere at MIA, but these suites now give them an option that is private and peaceful," said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. "We've made it our goal to provide our passengers with the latest, most customer-friendly services available, and the MIAmamas nursing suites are the latest way that we are accomplishing that goal."

Manufactured by Vermont-based Mamava, the MIAmamas suites are self-contained, mobile units with two comfortable benches, a fold-down table, an electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump, and a door that can be locked for privacy. The 4-foot-by-8-foot suites are meant for individual use, but can fit mothers with luggage, other children or a travel companion. Interior surfaces of the lactation suites are made of food-service-grade Fiberglass and Corian®.

After a press conference by MIA and Mamava officials to announce the program, event attendees were able to view the interior of a nursing suite. MIA has also launched an airport-wide employee awareness campaign for the MIAmamas program.

"MIA has become a role model for other airports with this comprehensive initiative, and we couldn't be happier to celebrate with them," said Mamava Co-founder and CEO Sascha Mayer. This program speaks volumes of their commitment to support their nursing travelers and customers, ensuring that moms -- anywhere in the airport -- have a dignified space in which to pump or nurse. I couldn't think of a better way to wrap up National Breastfeeding Month!"

To learn more about the MIAmamas program, visit http://www.miami-airport.com/nursing.asp.

About Mamava

Co-founded by Christine Dodson and Sascha Mayer, Mamava is a business dedicated to transforming the culture of breastfeeding. Its first product is a freestanding lactation suite. It provides privacy, cleanliness, and all you need to use a breast pump or nurse an infant  --  while simultaneously reminding passersby that breastfeeding should be supported and celebrated by all because of the good it does for babies, women, families and society in general.

Miami International Airport offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport, is America's second-busiest airport for international passengers, boasts a lineup of 100 air carriers and is the top U.S. airport for international freight. MIA, along with its general aviation airports, is also the leading economic engine for Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida, generating business revenue of $33.7 billion annually and welcoming 70 percent of all international visitors to Florida. MIA's vision is to grow from a recognized hemispheric hub to a global airport of choice that offers customers a world-class experience and an expanded route network with direct passenger and cargo access to all world regions. MIA is committed to sustainable practices.

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