Lactation education

Lactation centers added during the New York Marathon

Each year, the TCS NYC Marathon brings together around 50,000 runners from all over the world. But you don’t have to be a runner to appreciate the thrills of the day Where the story that is being made. On Sunday, November 6, a new record will be broken: for the first time ever, lactation stations will be added along the route, giving breastfeeding parents the privacy and support they deserve.

New York Road Racers (NYRR)the group that organizes the marathon, in partnership with the association &Mother to succeed. &Mother was co-founded by an Olympic middle-distance runner Alysia Montano (author of the virus Editorial from the New York Times “Nike Told Me to Dream Crazy, Until I Wanted a Baby”) and is dedicated to supporting athletes who want to pursue both careers and motherhood.

Montaño is running the NYC Marathon this year and shared the success on his Instagram in the week before the race. “We have worked hard to create fair spaces in sport that will ultimately lay the foundation for fair spaces for industries at all levels for caregivers and breastfeeding,” she wrote in the caption.

Marathon runners are usually on the course between two and six hours, and stopping to breastfeed requires extra planning, especially if you have to think about how and where you’ll pump. For more than a decade, NYRR has carried nursing pumps from the start line to the finish line for runners who needed them, according to a press release from the organization. This year, NYRR will offer this service as well as five new lactation stations that will be set up along the NYC Marathon route: at the start; at miles 8, 16 and 22; and near the finish line. It will also provide individually wrapped and sanitized breast pumps and accessory sets, as runners often don’t take anything with them throughout the run.

NYRR has focused recent efforts on supporting underrepresented runners in addition to breastfeeding athletes. Last year, the group introduced a non-binary category, followed by the Boston Marathon this year – and will be one of the first World Marathon Majors to award a prize to the winner.

While there’s still a lot of work to be done to create fairness in sport, it’s certainly a win for the running community.