Breastfeeding baseball fans no longer have to crouch in bathroom stalls or share first aid spaces if they want privacy while they feed their babies during games in Cincinnati.
As a father of five, Cincinnati Reds chief operating officer Phil Castellini knew he had to do something when he found out that an increasing number of women were asking where to nurse their children at the team's Great American Ball Park. The team previously allowed nursing moms to use private rooms at stadium first aid stations when available, but now they've opened the Pampers Nursing Suite for moms who want to feed their little ones away from the bustle of the stands.
The suite was built by Fischer Homes and features rocking chairs, bottles, a bathroom and changing table:
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Of course, moms still have the option to breastfeed -- or bottle feed -- at their seat or wherever else they choose. But there'll be no missing an inning in the nursing suite.
"We'll also have flat screen TVs so that they won't miss the game, and there will be toys to play with if the 3-year-old has to come with them," Castellini told ESPN.
The announcement was met with a slew of positive feedback.
"We know that baseball is traditionally a family-friendly sport, and we understand how stressful and difficult it can be for moms to find a quiet feeding space for their little ones in a public place," a Pampers spokesperson told The Huffington Post in a statement Monday. "In support of Pampers mission to care for the happy, healthy development of babies, we are excited that this Pampers nursing suite will give a quiet place for moms to feed, care and diaper their babies in a comfortable and private environment."
At the moment, there are no plans for sponsorships with other venues.
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