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Sky Harbor to install nursing stations inside security in Terminal 4

(Facebook Photo/Mamava)

PHOENIX – Mothers traveling through Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will no longer have to exit through security to nurse or pump at Terminal 4.

The City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a two-year contract to install six portable nursing stations in the terminal.

Mayor Kate Gallego lauded the move in a video shot outside the terminal’s existing nursing room outside the security checkpoint.

“As a mom, I flew with my baby and we had to go outside of security to this wonderful nursing room, which is in Terminal 4, to nurse, but now you’ll have options inside,” she said in the video.

The contract will begin around July 1 for a one-year term with an additional one-year option. The cost won’t exceed $172,000, which will come out of the Aviation Department’s budget.

The nursing pods will bring the terminal into compliance with the Friendly Airport for Mothers Act, which requires airports receiving federal grants to have lactation areas past security checkpoints.

Terminals 2 and 3 already were compliant. (Sky Harbor doesn’t have a Terminal 1.)

The stations will be provided by Mamava, a Vermont-based company that offers a variety of portable, private nursing spaces.

“They have electricity and a quiet place to nurse or use a breast pump to make your travel safer for your family and more comfortable,” Gallego said.

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