Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Nursing Mothers Rejoice

Miles is a breast fed baby. I can't say it has always been an easy road, but it has definitely been a rewarding one. To know I can provide all the nutrition my baby needs is an awesome feeling. It is also pretty convenient to have his food with me where ever I go and no extra bottles or containers to stuff in my already over stuffed diaper bag.
Look for this sign

Back in December when I went on a work trip to Memphis for three days I had to bring my breast pump with me and pump, pump, pump to keep my milk supply up. I had been pumping extra in the weeks leading up to this trip too so I could bank a bunch of milk for Aaron and daycare. I couldn't believe I did it, but the "girls" were up for the challenge and we had plenty of milk for the time I was away plus some extra so when I got home we could send Miles to a sitter and go out for the evening.
Pumping pumping all day long.

So anyway, with my breast pump as my companion on my trip I walked through the Minneapolis airport on my layover pretty engorged and looking for a private place to pump. Now the public restroom is really no place to set up shop for this activity. I'd either have to hook up at the sink (not the best option if you don't want to scare people), or try and find a stall with an outlet and sit on the toilet. Or there was the family/companion restroom, but really there is no place to comfortably sit in that restroom and it is not the most sanitary or pleasant smelling conditions.

Not to worry. Fortunately, the Minneapolis airport had a nursing room! This is a little closet of a room set up just for breast feeding baby or in my case pumping. I was excited to learn about this room and impressed that airport provided such a great service.  It isn't big by any stretch of the imagination, but it is set up so nice and comfy for mom and baby. There is even an extra chair for Dad. There is a lamp for softer lighting and even art on the wall.  And the chair is big and relaxing and it reclines AND rocks.
A comfy little respet from the hectic airport atmosphere
I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed my time in this little room. I'm actually looking forward to traveling with Miles and bringing him to this room to nurse.

In Minneapolis look for this little room by the elevator in Terminal C.

We are taking a vacation to Corpus Christi, Texas next week. Well it is a work trip for Aaron, but the whole family is going and Miles and I will be doing some sight seeing while Aaron is in meetings. We have a layover in Minneapolis but it isn't a long one so I doubt we will get to use this room on this trip. But we have a longer layover in Houston and I found out they have two nurseries, one in Terminal D (near gates D7 and 8) and one in Terminal B (near gates B84 and 91). I am looking forward to checking out the Houston amenities and hope they are as comfy and cozy at this one.

In Minneapolis go to the information booth by gate C12 to have someone open the room for you.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome! So glad to see they have this for mothers' convenience!