Lactation education

Pueblo’s first lactation capsule unveiled at Pueblo Mall

PUEBLO, Colorado – The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Program and the Pueblo Mall are thrilled to announce Pueblo’s first lactation pod located just outside from Dillard in the Pueblo Mall.

The bassinet is a private and safe space where mothers can breastfeed or express their milk. It is open to the public for fathers or caregivers to feed their babies.

The Health Department’s Breastfeeding Friendly Program has recruited fourteen job sites since 2018. To become a breastfeeding friendly job site, a company creates lactation policies and spaces, or modifies existing practices to improve them, so that their employees comply with Workplace Accommodations for Nursing Mothers Act (WANMA).

“The purpose of this announcement is to promote the first-ever Pueblo lactation capsule, housed at the Pueblo Mall,” said Gabby Jimenez, health promotion specialist with the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. “It is extremely important and beneficial for breastfeeding mothers in the community.”

“The Pueblo Mall is thrilled to be home to the first lactation pod in Pueblo. It is an invaluable resource for all 21st century breastfeeding moms on the go in our community. This ADA compliant pod can be located and unlocked with Mamava app. Lighting and fan can also be adjusted at the touch of a button. Every mom deserves a clean, safe place to breastfeed. We are grateful to the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment for providing Pueblo Mall with this opportunity,” said Cara Fitzgerald, Marketing Manager, Pueblo Mall.

The celebration at the Pueblo Mall also serves to recognize the fourteen breastfeeding-friendly workcamps created in Pueblo over the past three years. The construction sites are:

  • Bright Beginnings Daycare
  • Catholic charities
  • Children’s Palace Daycare
  • Department of Social Services
  • Parkview Health System
  • Pueblo City and County Library District
  • Pueblo Community College
  • Pueblo County
  • Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Pueblo Mall
  • Pueblo Sangre de Cristo Art Center
  • Pueblo SOCO NeighborWorks
  • Pueblo Zoo
  • Target

“We hope to see many community members take advantage of this new space to take their breastfed children to the Pueblo Mall. Resources such as the lactation capsule and breastfeeding-friendly workcamps contribute to the continuity and sustainability of lactation,” continued Jimenez.