As part of our Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community Designation, we have put a major focus on providing South Bend, IN with more opportunities to nurse in public, both publicly and privately (if desired). We did some surveying and found that our local stadium for the South Bend Cubs didn’t have a designated nursing/pumping space for mom’s and babies. Of course, Indiana has supportive laws in place for women to breastfeed in public, but sometimes, mom’s and babies want some extra privacy…especially with those who are easily distracted. So, with a lot of communication between Indiana Wic and the South Bend Cubs, as well as a lot of research, we came up with the Mamava Pod partnership!
We saw that many locations across the country have already started utilizing these amazing pods. From airports and train stations, to stadiums and venues. Some awesome examples include, but not limited to: Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, Colorado Rockies, Denver Broncos, The Boston Red Sox, Oakland A’s, New York Mets, and Milwaukee Brewers.
In May 2020, we finally got to see our pod planted inside the Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium in South Bend, IN. Sadly, our pod hasn’t seen a lot of love due to COVID-19, but hopefully that will start to change. *Fingers Crossed*. We know our pod will get a lot of wonderful use in the coming years and we are so excited to have had this opportunity to create a safe haven for many nursing and pumping mom’s out there.
We have a lot planned with this recent growth of breastfeeding friendly initiatives, so stay tuned for future blog posts! We hope to inspire you soon.