As a mother of two, I’ve nursed for almost four years. I’ve nursed in dingy ‘nursing rooms’ that were nothing more than a closet with a faded glider. I’ve nursed in redesigned nursing suites like the one locally, at Kingsway Mall. I’ve nursed on mall chairs, in store change rooms and while walking through the grocery store with a kid in an Ergo.
Recently, with my role as a P&G Mom, I had the chance to tour the newly opened nursing suite at the Reds Stadium designed with mothers in mind.
Sponsored by Pampers and designed by a local home builder, Fischer Homes, the suite was inviting, beautifully designed and full of functional features, like lockers mothers can use to drop off a diaper bag before the game.
Coming together to create a space for mothers to come change, nurse and calm baby that was a step-up from many of the similar spaces that I’ve been in, has me wondering about how we can do better to cater to mothers locally. For me, this isn’t about inhibiting nursing elsewhere, it’s about having a comfortable space for mother and baby, finding solutions to make life better for baby and easier for Mom (who might be toting along older siblings).
In mid June, the temperatures in Cincinnati were nearly unbearable to me with the humidity – and I couldn’t imagine trying to nurse a squirming toddler in a stadium chair. Nursing or changing a diaper in the Cincinnati Reds Stadium? The new, air-conditioned, comfortable space with the amenities for mothers is a step in the right direction for public spaces. Simply put, it’s gorgeous.
Well done Pampers and Fischer Homes. Well done.