LIRR Bringing Lactation Pod to Penn Station For Breastfeeding Moms

Lactation pods arrive at Langley hospital for nursing mothers
The Mamava lactation pods are spacious, lockable, and can also fit strollers, wheelchairs, walkers, canes and other equipment. They also include power outlets, USB plugs, and a pull-out table. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandra Singer)

The Long Island Rail Road will soon offer mothers the privacy of a lactation pod to breastfeed their young children in Penn Station, officials said.

The MTA ordered one of the pods from Mamava, a Burlington, Vt.-based lactation space design and manufacturing company. The pod is expected to debut in the waiting room this fall and will be available upon request to the waiting room attendant.

“I hope it makes traveling with us easier and more pleasant,” said LIRR President Phillip Eng. “I hope it will let more New Yorkers choose the LIRR as a form of travel.”

Lactation pods are also available at many local airports. The pods have bench seating, shelves, mirrors and coat hooks, occupancy-activated lighting, and dual-outlet USB ports.

New York State Assemb. Kimberly Jean-Pierre (D-Wheatley Heights) was among those who urged the LIRR to follow suit and find a way to accommodate breastfeeding moms.