Lactation education

Albany Capital Center installs lactation pod to meet ‘growing demand’ from visitors

ALBANY — People visiting the Albany Capital Center (ACC) might spot a new feature in its lobby, a free-standing Mamava lactation pod.

The pod, covered in clouds, grass and floral paintings on the outside, was designed to provide serene comfort for women who need a place to breastfeed or express their milk. Mamava is a Vermont-based company that offers lactation capsules to public places and private entities.

Women who need a space to pump or breastfeed their babies can use the Mamava app to identify mom-friendly spots near them and unlock a pod when they get there. There are approximately 3,000 lactation spaces that Mamava has selected for moms on the go.

Shannon Licygiewicz, chief executive of the Albany Capital Center, said in a press release that visitors to the site expressed “increasing demand” for a nursing module. The Mamava capsule installation was sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York.

In a world where mothers need a relaxing place to breastfeed their babies or pump milk, Sascha Mayer, CEO and co-founder of Mamava, said she noticed the options for such a space were “slim “, which prompted her to solve the problem herself. .

She worked with a team to design a prototype that was placed inside Burlington International Airport in 2013. After receiving positive feedback on the capsule, she started the Mamava business in 2015 and the has seen to develop.

The company offers a variety of pods with prices starting at $10,000 and climbing, depending on the added features. The particular capsule at the ACC has two benches, a folding table, an outlet and a USB port, a mirror and is a mobile unit that can be moved around.

Mayer said his lactation pods have been installed in a range of locations from private offices to distribution centers, event venues and military bases.

“What took us by surprise was that in our minds we were solving more public places… but what materialized was that these were needed everywhere mums go and work – which is everywhere,” she said.