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University of Toronto: U of T Mississauga’s New Lactation Pod Provides Privacy for Breastfeeding and Breastfeeding | India Education | Latest Education News | World Education News


Everyone has the right to nurse or breastfeed anywhere at the University of Toronto – and there are plenty of places on all three campuses that provide quiet, comfortable spaces for feeding and pumping.

And then there’s the new lactation group at the University of Mississauga.

“We’ve designated several areas around campus for nursing and breastfeeding, like the Annex lounge, but they’re not always as private,” says Nythalah Baker, director, equity, diversity, and inclusion at the U of T Mississauga.

Many of the suggested locations at U of T Mississauga are also related to office hours.

“Before COVID, we had a pressing demand to find resources almost immediately for a student because we had no places available in the evenings,” says Kaye Francis, manager of the Family Care Office. “We started looking for new options.”

The solution? The Mamava Lactation Pod: A self-contained, wheelchair-accessible 50-square-foot pod that includes two benches, electrical outlets, mirror, lighting, shelving, Bluetooth SmartLock, and charging station. Access is free and controlled by the Mamava app, available on App Store or Google Play. No appointment is necessary, access is on a first-come, first-served basis, and in-app notifications let you know when the unit becomes available.

The U of T Mississauga module is located on the ground floor of the atrium of the CCT Building, near the MiST Theater. It is available from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and can be used not only by students, staff, librarians, and faculty, but also by campus visitors. It is also on wheels, allowing it to be moved to other locations if needed.

Mamava, based in Vermont, was co-founded in 2013 by Sascha Mayer and Christine Dodson, who were inspired by their own frustrations of having to pump closets, toilets and cars. The Mamava Network now includes thousands of pods across North America – from Walmart stores to military bases to the Statue of Liberty.

In the Greater Toronto Area, pods can also be found at Toronto Pearson International Airport and Humber College.