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Vikings installing lactation pods at stadium for breastfeeding moms (pic)

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The Minnesota Vikings announced that the team will install “lactation pods” at TCF Bank Stadium — the team’s temporary home — and will do the same at its upcoming new stadium to help make the gameday experience more comfortable for breastfeeding mothers.

From the Vikings, via the Star Tribune:

The Vikings will install four Mamava suites; two will reside in the Vikings corporate offices and two will be located at TCF Bank Stadium in 2015. The pods are expected to arrive and be installed in time for the Vikings-Chiefs game on October 18. The Vikings plan to further create a family-friendly environment within U.S. Bank Stadium with the continuation of the lactation suites and are exploring a nursing area that will allow moms to stay connected to the game. … The unit is a self-contained, mobile pod with comfortable benches, an electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump and a door that can be locked for privacy. The 4-foot by 8-foot suite is meant for individual use but can fit mothers with babies and other children in tow.

The Vikings aren’t the first professional sports organization to incorporate unique services that foster a more welcoming environment for mothers. The Cincinnati Reds ahead of this season unveiled an in-stadium nursery that provided similar creature comforts for families with young children.

As noted, the Vikings will bring the lactation pods to U.S. Bank Stadium when their $1 billion football palace opens ahead of next season. Let’s just hope that for the remainder of the season at TCF Bank Stadium and in the years beyond that fans who don’t belong inside the lactation pods aren’t utilizing them for far more unsavory and unsanitary reasons. Hopefully, in-stadium security will be keeping an eye on who is coming in and out of those pods.

All told, though, the Vikings nevertheless deserve credit for at least making the effort.

(image courtesy of the Minnesota Vikings)