The Bisons have partnered wtih the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital, the region's center for maternal, pediatric and neonatal care, to bring a new Mamava lactation suite for moms to Sahlen Field. The Oishe Children's Hospital-branded suite will give moms the choice of a clean, quiet and private space to nurse and pump breastmilk at the ballpark.
Created by Mamava, a company dedicated to transforming the culture of breastfeeding by making it easier for more women to achieve their breastfeeding goals, the lactation suite is a self-contained, mobile pod with comfortable benches, a fold-down table, an electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump as well as a door that can be locked for privacy. The 4-foot by 8-foot pod is intended for individual use, but can fit more than one person, as well as mothers with babies and other children in tow. The suite's exterior also prominently features the same bright colors, Buffalo-themed imagery and kid-friendly murals found inside the 185-bed world-class hospital for women and children on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
The Mamava lactation suite is located in the main concourse at Sahlen Field by guest relations on the third base side of the ballpark and will be available to patrons on game days during the baseball season. The Mamava app helps moms find breastfeeding and pumping friendly locations, including every publicly placed Mamava and mama-submitted locations.
"Our goal is to always provide a comfortable atmosphere and positive experience for all our guests each time they visit at Sahlen Field. We're excited to partner with Mamava and to expand our relationship with the great people of the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital to support the families of WNY and Southern Ontario as well as the next generation of Bisons' fans," said Anthony Sprague, Assistant General Manager, Buffalo Bisons.
"At Oishei Children's' Hospital, we're champions for moms in our community and beyond," said Cassie Church, Director of Women's Services at Oishei Children's Hospital. "Our specialized team of doctors, nurses and lactation consultants understand the importance of giving all moms the choice to breastfeed and pump anywhere they choose. Traveling as a pumping mother or trying to find a quiet place to nurse are both real, everyday challenges and this lactation suite is an exciting solution. We are very proud to work with the team at Mamava and the Buffalo Bisons to deliver more choices for moms."
"We're thrilled to support breastfeeding mamas at the Buffalo Bisons' Sahlen Field," said Sascha Mayer, Co-founder and CEO of Mamava. "We believe that all mamas deserve a clean, comfortable and dignified place to use a breast pump or breastfeed distraction-free-anywhere, anytime. Mamava pods provide flexibility for facilities and easy access for moms."
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