Published on December 30, 2019

Essentia Health expanding lactation space for moms

Essentia Health is installing four new Mamava suites throughout our downtown Duluth medical campus. The Mamava lactation suite gives moms a clean, dignified and private space for breastfeeding or using a breast pump. These suites are for patients, families and staff.

Funding for the Mamavas was provided by donors of the Essentia Health Foundation.

“Essentia Health supports breastfeeding, and if moms want a private place to do so we want to be accommodating. It aligns perfectly with our value of hospitality,” said Natalie Harris, Foundation marketing specialist. “Our lactation space previously was limited, and while we did our best to maximize that space, we found that Mamava suites would be perfect for moms and support our baby-friendly hospital.”

Members of the media, as well as the public, are invited to see this exciting new amenity at Essentia Health firsthand at a ribbon-cutting on Monday, Jan. 6. The event starts at noon in the first-floor lobby of the Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic Third Street Building (400 East Third Street).

Dedicated to transforming the culture of breastfeeding by making it easier for more women to achieve their breastfeeding goals, the Mamava suite is a self-contained, mobile pod with comfortable benches, a fold-down table, an electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump and a door that can be locked for privacy. The 4-foot by 8-foot pod is meant for individual use, but can fit more than one person, as well as mothers with babies and older children in tow.

“We are thrilled to support breastfeeding mamas in Duluth,” 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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