Heads up, sports fans. Nursing moms who visit Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, OH, to see the Cincinnati Reds in action now have a welcoming and comfortable suite to enjoy during the game. A brand-new and pretty posh nursing suite has been added to the stadium in an effort to help nursing moms feel more comfortable about bringing their young children to a baseball game. Although the homey suite was designed with breastfeeding moms in mind, the space also caters to active toddlers, with toys and fun decor to keep them occupied while mom nurses away and watches the game on a large flat-screen TV.
Reportedly, the nursing suite came to fruition after Cincinnati Reds chief operating officer Phil Castellini learned that female fans were having trouble finding cozy places to nurse their little ones during the games. A father of five, Castellini knew he’d need to respond to this need in a big way in order to show those moms that the team really wants their support.
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The nursing suite isn’t designed as a souped-up bathroom, like many other “private nursing rooms” we’ve all seen in public spaces. Instead, they went all-out and made the suite to look more like home than your home probably does. The suite, sponsored by Pampers and built by Fischer Homes, is outfitted with rocking chairs, bottles, private restrooms, diaper changing tables, and a kitchenette featuring a refrigerator and lockers to store nursing-related items during the game.
We love this step forward in supporting breastfeeding and finding a way to enable nursing moms to enjoy America’s favorite pastime in comfort. We’re just wondering: are dads on diaper duty welcome to use the suite as well?
Images via Cincinnati Reds’ Facebook page