Lactation station gives nursing moms a break at Convention Center

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 A 'lactation station' is open at the Pennsylvania  Convention Center. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

A 'lactation station' is open at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

A new amenity is available beginning this weekend at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City.  It’s about making life easier for nursing mothers.

The Convention Center is the first in the country to offer a lactation station to nursing mothers, said center general manager Lorenz Hassenstein.

“The station is a semi-permanent room that provides privacy for families who need to nurse their children, it’s that simple,” said Hassenstein of the $12,000 unit that ensures privacy and cleanliness for mothers in an otherwise wide open building.

“The building was designed so there really aren’t a lot of places to hide, for obvious reasons, safety trumps security all the time,” he said. “We decided to do this based on customer demand, and we frankly thought it was a good idea.”

The unit can be moved around depending on what part of the center is being used. 

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