Boston City Hall now has a public lactation room available to anyone looking for privacy to breastfeed or pump while at City Hall.
The free lactation room is in the main lobby on the third floor, adjacent to the south elevators. It is open for use during regular business hours.
"At Boston City Hall and throughout our city, we need to ensure there are resources and support for parents, and I'm proud this new resource will be available to all at City Hall," said Mayor Marty Walsh via press release. "We look forward to continuing our work supporting parents and children throughout Boston, building resource for those who are raising the next generation of Bostonians."
Mamava, a woman-owned Vermont business, created the lactation room, which is a self-contained, mobile room with comfortable benches, a fold-down table, and an electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump. Visitors can access the room by downloading the Mamava mobile app or go to the info desk in the main lobby.
"As a working mother, I can relate to the many challenges parents face when caring for a new child," said Tania Del Rio, Executive Director of Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement. "For breastfeeding people, especially those who prefer feeding their baby or pumping in a private space, the lactation room can provide a much needed respite. I am proud of the diverse team at City Hall that made this happen."
Mayor Walsh debuted the lactation room during the International Women's Day commemoration held at Boston City Hall on March 8, 2019.