Portable lactation room

Shauna Pritchard
ARC623 | Fall 2012

There are very limited options for nursing mothers to breastfeed or pump in public. On March 23, 2010, the Nursing Mothers Amendment was passed that requires that employers with 50 or more employees provide a lactation room or dedicated space to pump. This creates a solution for a very limited number of working mothers in the US as the majority of companies have less than 50 employees. This leaves many women having to pump in less desirable environments such as bathroom stalls and their cars. In addition, very few public places like restaurants and theaters offer spaces to breastfeed in private. This proposal is for a Portable Lactation Room which could be rented as needed to accommodate nursing mothers. This would work in a workplace environment where the need to have a lactation room is periodic and not constant.