Between random gunk on the ground and dribble on the seats, public restrooms can get a little…interesting, hygienically speaking. That, along with the often freakishly long lines to get in, make them hardly an ideal place to nurse your baby. But a mama’s got to do what she’s got to do.
The Minnesota Vikings have recognized that fact: The football team announced this week that they’re installing breastfeeding “pods” where moms can nurse comfortably when they’re at the Viking’s stadium.
The Vikings will reportedly be the first NFL franchise to install lactation suites, which are created by Mamava.
“While we certainly encourage breastfeeding mothers to nurse where they feel comfortable, we have become increasingly aware of the need many moms have for the privacy and comfort that these Mamava lactation suites provide,” Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren said in a press release.
This is a smart move by the team, especially since the NFL recently revealed that half of its fans are women.
The four-by-eight-foot pods, which look like super-swanky port-a-potties from the outside, include two seats, a fold-down table, and a plug for a breast pump.
That beats a smelly, dirty public bathroom any day. Of course, that got us thinking—there are a ton of other places that could benefit from breastfeeding pods, including:
- Public parks
- Coffee shops
- Every other sports stadium everywhere (seriously, all other sports teams: The Vikings are making you look bad)
Two pods will be installed at the Vikings’ TCF Bank Stadium by October 18, and the team is exploring plans for a nursing area in a new stadium they’re building that will actually allow moms to keep watching the game while they nurse.