You Can Now Breastfeed in Comfort at Nationals Park

Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

From a press release:

“Even the smallest Washington Nationals fans now have a quiet, dedicated place just for them.

The Washington Nationals and Lansinoh Laboratories, Inc. – an Alexandria, VA-based leader in breastfeeding have partnered to create the Lansinoh Nursing Lounge. Conveniently located just off the First Base Line, adjacent to Section 223, the Lansinoh Lounge at Nationals Park is designed to be a quiet and cool retreat for families with young children.

The lounge includes comfortable chairs for mothers, TVs, diaper changing stations, and a play area for toddlers. “We are excited to unveil a dedicated and comfortable space for nursing mothers,” said Valerie Camillo, chief revenue and marketing officer for the Washington Nationals. “We truly value the fantastic feedback fans offered us, and are grateful for Lansinoh’s assistance in creating this space.”

The lounge opening comes on the heels of the release of the 2015 Lansinoh Global Breastfeeding Survey which found 96 percent of women agree that breastfeeding is the best way to feed their children. The Lansinoh Nursing Lounge will provide the perfect environment for nursing fans and their families.

Kevin Vyse-Peacock, CEO of Lansinoh said, “As a local DC-area company and longtime advocate for moms and babies, we were thrilled to help design and support the creation of the Lansinoh Nursing Lounge. Lansinoh is committed to providing breastfeeding solutions for every family and we are very happy to work with the Nationals, who continue to demonstrate their commitment to supporting all of their fans.”

The Lansinoh Nursing Lounge will open when the Nationals take on the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, August 6.”

26 Comment

  • Jerry Grundle

    What did nursing mothers do before they had these nice lounges everywhere? Was it just less taboo to breastfeed out in public back then? It seems like you really don’t see that nearly as often as you would have a generation ago.

    • I think there was less breastfeeding a generation ago–formula feeding was more common for awhile and was believed by some to be healthier.

    • A generation ago is exactly when breastfeeding went out as the main method of feeding babies, when formula companies took over and women were encouraged to take “dry up” pills after birth. As fewer and fewer women breastfed, it became less and less socially acceptable for women to do so in public. Add to that the massive over-sexualization of the female body in the 70s and 80s, and you have your reasons.

      • That’s so ridiculous. All children should be breastfed, unless there are medical concerns for the mother or child. These trends are so strange. Kind of like the ongoing practice of mutilating the genitalia of male babies. It’s an unnecessary, unnatural practice that frankly should be outlawed.

        • Mothers should feed their babies as they see fit, however, they should also be fully educated on breastfeeding. There are many, many reasons that a woman will chose not to breastfeed, aside from medical reasons; who are we to judge how a child is fed as long as it is healthy? While I agree that the reasons I outlined are pretty ridiculous now, they didn’t seem so ridiculous then.

        • Really? Soap box much? There are SO many reasons that a mother might not breastfeed (not to mention when kids are adopted and it’s virtually impossible). Babies not latching, women needing to go back to work and not having sufficient time and/or space to pump (teachers, doctors, nurses, those who don’t have a regular office space/location). And some women just plain don’t want to–perhaps because of past sexual abuse or for some other reason. Should policies be in place to make it easier for women to breastfeed their babies? Absolutely. But your assertion goes way beyond that. And fwiw, I nursed my first beyond her first birthday, and I plan to do the same with my second.
          Not sure why circumcision made it into your post, but outlawing it? Again, really? For some, the reasons are cultural/religious, and for others, they are concerned about the potential health benefits (lower likelihood of STIs, etc). Frankly, it’s none of my business or yours what another family chooses to do on that front (just like breastfeeding–maybe that’s the connection?).

        • It is this type of thinking/commentary that is detrimental to mothers and causing the mommy wars nowadays. It is absolutely NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS how I, or any other woman for that matter, feed my child. As long as my child is being fed and cared for responsibly, the only people who should have ANY input are me, the other parent, and our pediatrician.

          • You are absolutely right. Don’t Tread on You. This is America, and you have every right to feed your child the way you see fit.

          • For real? You’re going to imply that I’m Tea Party member (and that is exactly what you are doing with those choice of words, so spare me any backtracking) just because I say that it isn’t your business whether I feed my child breastmilk or formula? Meanwhile, you’re making tenuous comparisons between formula-feeding and what you call “genital mutilation.” Right – I’m definitely the crazy one here. In fact, pushing your overgeneralized, pompous logic on others seems way more in line with the Tea Party plan of action.

            Formula is not poison, and is in fact perfectly healthy. It’s not like I’m over here talking about feeding an infant a goddamn bag of Cheetos. Both breastfeeding and formula are valid options for a parent to choose for a variety of reasons (not always just medical ones), and as long as the parent is responsible in whichever method they choose, they shouldn’t have to justify it to random people on blogs, in restaurants, or on the street.

          • +1 amandal. “Anon” is either trolling or so completely off his or her rocker that I’m not sure responding is particularly helpful. Agreed about the commentary comparing “genital mutilation” (big difference in the ramifications of female circumcision vs. male circumcision, btw) and formula feeding. Wow….

          • Oh yea, mtpresident. I considered not responding due to egregious absurdity of this person and not wanting to feed the possible troll, but I couldn’t resist. He/she poked the bear.

          • Oh yeah, took every fiber in my being too react as little as I did

  • I don’t have kids, and even I think this is sad. It’s one thing if nice restaurants want to discourage public breastfeeding (or, more appropriately, discourage people from bringing babies and very young children to these places rather than getting a sitter), but WTH is the big deal if someone feeds their kid at a ballpark? Welcome to the Prude-nited States of America, I guess.

    • Given that you don’t have kids, I guess I can see how you might think this is borne out of prudishness. It’s not. This is a tremendously helpful service to Moms. There are lots of reasons Moms would not be psyched about breastfeeding in the stadium seat and none has to do with prudishness. (E.g., direst sun, inability to recline to support your baby, foot traffic, generally unhygienic environment)

    • I believe this was requested and lobbied for by nursing moms, particularly after another ballpark opened up a tricked-out nursing suite. Depending on the age/size of your child, there’s not a lot of room in the stands to nurse, and some babies don’t nurse effectively with lots of external stimulation. I don’t think the Nats are trying to discourage public breastfeeding, I think they’re responding to consumer requests.
      This set up might make it easier for me to do another daytime date next summer, particularly if there are outlets that would make pumping easier 😉

      • Agreed… And just to add, there are women who honestly are not comfortable with it, and that should be ok. I nursed three children and my skiddishness with nursing in public went from only in a private area/room, to with a cover, to walking around Target while nursing a baby in a carrier. Nats stadium didn’t *have* to do this, but I for one think it’s great, especially the toddler area. It’s really hard to entertain a toddler for 20-30 minutes while you feed their younger sibling!

    • I’m not shy about breastfeeding in public, but it’s so annoying when you get nasty looks from people who clearly don’t think you should be doing it in their presence. There’s a LOT of really messed up thinking in this country about what breasts should be used for and when it’s okay/not okay to show them.

  • “an Alexandria, VA-based leader in breastfeeding” How can I get this kind of brand association?

  • Bravo. This sounds so civilized. Even if a mother (and I did nurse two kids) does not mind nursing in public, I have to imagine it would be physically tricky to do so in those narrow stadium seats, not to mention with people sitting inches away from you in all directions.

  • I think this is great – it’s nice to have options. I’m not shy about breastfeeding in public BUT the stadium is loud and really bright and my son is very easily distracted. Additionally, a safe play area for toddlers will be awesome. Kudos and thanks!

  • Great news for nats park! I couldnt imagine having to nurse in those seats….could you imagine having to stand up with your baby attached to you every time some drunk guy needs to get buy to get another beer?

  • I don’t have children and don’t intend on having any (so yes I know I don’t understand certain things). I would never throw nasty looks or complain. My one objection would be there are some in an airport or other public place think its ok to not cover up. I read these posts enough to know that it has been commented that its hot to wear a cover. I certainly am not asking for someone to go to a bathroom and nurse. Frankly I don’t care if its done in public.

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