CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – Conway Medical Center now has a Mamava nursing pod in the lobby.
“We want to make sure as a community hospital that we normalize breastfeeding, and that’s part of our process,” said Laura Baisch, lactation consultant at Conway Medical Center.
The pod is equipped with air conditioning, lights, two seats and a mirror. The interior walls are decorated with angel oaks.
“We just want to keep encouraging moms and letting them know we’re here for you,” Baisch said. “We know it’s not easy. Honestly, that’s why we have jobs.
She has three children and understands the complications of pumping in public toilets.
“I’ve done this many times with all my kids, even in restaurants,” she said. “I remember going and having to go to the bathroom and breastfeed them.”
She said this lactation capsule can allow the mother to control her environment and be a comfortable and familiar place for her body.
Baisch said the benefits of breastfeeding include a lower risk of infections for the infant and a reduced risk of hemorrhage after birth for the mother. It may also reduce the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers.
Baisch said she was thrilled with this new addition to Conway Medical Center and saw it as a step in the right direction to normalize breastfeeding.
“It’s a great start and I’m really excited,” she said.
The Conway Medical Center Foundation raised funds to pay for this module.
Information on where to find lactation pods is available here.