Nursing Area

At first, when I saw this little “nursing area,” in a children’s museum I was pleasantly surprised. Β I snapped a picture so I could show you all how cool it was. Then I got home, looked at it again, and realized it actually really sucks. Not only is this area in a totally awkward space, it’s too small and it’s uncomfortable. My butt barley fit on it. And I think I have a normal sized butt. Add in a baby, diaper bag, etc – it’s just tiny.

Maybe I’m being too harsh and I should just keep my mouth shut and be thankful there is even such an area that exist in this place. Yeah, probably. But you would think in a place that was designed for children and their mothers; a nursing area might get a little more attention. Maybe add in a throw pillow or two?

What do you think? Is it “nice” compared to what you’ve seen in other places or needing major improvement?

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

20 thoughts on “Nursing Area

  1. Well, that would be nice for a WalMart or industrialized retail space but a Children's Museum?? Seriously?

    That's very sad, since I know most museums strive to make their spaces engaging, interesting, and arousing. I wonder if they realize nursing areas aren't just for mommies, but are also for the babies and children who are getting fed?

    For a venue that aims to stimulate creativity and expand the minds of children, I find it sorely lacking.

    What did the spaces for non-nursing babies to eat look like?

  2. Definitely lacking. A curtain would be nice for a little privacy, and it is way tiny and cold and uncomfortable looking. But I will give them an A for effort. At least they tried right.

  3. I would definitely think in a Children's museum it would be a little more comfy, maybe a nice rocking chair and more privacy?

    Like Mama Says said Nice for Walmart!

    At least they have one?? πŸ˜‰

  4. And the thing is, this a a brand new museum. And it's AMAZING!! Except for this little part πŸ™‚ I will share pictures eventually- but there are so many awesome things for kids. But you are right Rachel, I like the A for effort πŸ™‚

  5. THAT nursing area? It's to HIDE you. It sucks.

    I LOVE the private nursing/changing rooms at Babies R Us stores.

    If it was me, I'd have an open area with a rug and maybe a couple bins of toys and books for your other kids to play with while you nurse, and a couple nice, comfy rocking chairs for the mamas. Maybe even a couple Boppy pillows.

  6. I didn't breastfeed, but I had the same thought as Krystal – the intention of this nursing area looks to be more “hide the boob feeding activity” and less “comfy place for mama and baby to nurse”. Lame.

    Now Nordstrom? THAT nursing area is so nice, it almost made me want to nurse. πŸ˜‰

  7. You should see the location that it's in to the rest of the space.. it's actually facing one of the kids places where they play.. it's weird. It's like they had an extra wall space and decided to throw up a little sign and call it a nursing area.

  8. The IKEA in Portland has a really great “family bathroom” which has a couple comfy chairs and a changing table in it. When I did my internship at IKEA the employee bathrooms were huge! They actually even had a really big lactation room in them that had dimmed lights and plush chairs for moms who were pumping as they went back to work; if only I still worked there! My new job has no place to pump, thats going to be interesting to try and figure out.

  9. Seriously Ashleigh? That is awesome!!! I wish you still worked there too 😦 Have you talked to your boss about using an office to pump? I know it can be kinda awkward if it's a male boss πŸ™‚ Worse comes to worse you could pump in the car with a battery operated pump. But check to see if there is a room you can use- I think technically they have to provide something for you.

    So excited for you girl! Hope you guys can come back up here soon and move in with us. πŸ™‚

  10. I think women should feel free to nurse everywhere and not to hide away. In the uk no-one minded me breastfeeding wherever I was. Is that not the case in the us?

  11. It looks like it's hidden away in a little corner. Kudos for the attempt though. I just nursed where ever whenever with a blanket to cover with, or if I remembered my baby carrier I just nursed them in that, no one was the wiser.

  12. I was so impressed when I went to Europe when my first was 3 months old and saw all the wonderful nursing spaces there. Roomy, comfy and with places for siblings to play. I was so disheartened when I returned to Canada. Things have improved here a lot since then (I'm now nursing my 3rd child) – but I think we still have a ways to go.

  13. The ikea in washington has the best nursing area I've seen… that one is kind of depressing πŸ™‚ It's good that they gave a place I guess…

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