Lactation education

Speaking of health: the lactation capsule helps mothers to breastfeed

The lactation capsule provides a safe, private and quiet space to pump breast milk without disturbing anyone.

COLOMBIA WEST, South Carolina — Lexington Medical Center is the first hospital in South Carolina to install two Mamava® lactation pods inside the hospital. The pods provide a private, comfortable and convenient space for mothers to nurse their babies or pump their breast milk. The modules are intended for hospital employees and visitors. Below, meet Deborah Belton, a nurse at Lexington Medical Center, RN, BSN, PCCN, who uses one of the pods daily. She recounts the experience in her own words.

My husband David and I have two beautiful daughters. Amara is three years old and Ariella is four months old. I work as a clinical coordinator at Lexington Medical Center.

Breastfeeding is important to me. Our bodies are amazing! I am blessed to be able to provide the best possible nutrition for my little one knowing she is getting everything she needs.

The lactation capsule provides a safe, private and quiet space to pump breast milk without disturbing anyone. I use it early morning and late afternoon every day I’m at work.

One of my favorite things about the pod is that the space allows my body to relax. The fan is soothing to me and sometimes dimming the lights allows you to slip away for a great pumping session.

I want other nursing mothers to know that it is important to have a clean and private space to be able to feed your baby. Although it may be difficult, make time during your workday to maintain your supply.

Never feel bad about spending time supporting your family. We are health care providers. We are women. We are mothers. We are awesome!