Sacramento Kings First NBA Team to Offer Suite for Nursing Mothers
Kings lead the way in offering a Mamava lactation suite at Golden 1 Center
Sacramento, Calif. – The Sacramento Kings are leading the way for the National Basketball Association (NBA), installing a Mamava lactation suite to accommodate nursing mothers at the Golden 1 Center. In partnership with Kaiser Permanente, the Kings are the first NBA team to install a Mamava lactation suite, which will be available for their entire 2016 season.
“We appreciate our fans and staff, and want to ensure that coming to the Golden 1 Center is a supportive environment for all - new moms included. Mothers who prefer privacy to breast pump or feed, can rest assured that their needs are met at the Golden 1 Center.” said Kings President, Chris Granger. “The new Mamava lactation suite provides an additional option for moms to ensure their needs are met.”
The suite will be located in the upper concourse in section 214. In addition to hosting the Sacramento Kings, the Golden 1 Center serves as a venue for concerts, having seen performers such as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, and Maroon 5—and many more to come. Breastfeeding fans, guests, and employees are all welcome to use the Mamava lactation pod during all events.
“We encourage mothers to breastfeed their babies where ever they are and for those mothers seeking a private, quiet place, this new space will help to accommodate their needs,” said Sacramento Breastfeeding Coalition President Jeannette Newman-Velez RD, MPH, IBCLC. “. We’re excited to see the Sacramento Kings promote and support breastfeeding in this manner and look forward to future opportunities to continue partnering to develop additional spaces for mothers to nourish and nurture their babies while enjoying events at the Golden 1 Center.
A women-owned company dedicated to transforming the culture of breastfeeding, Mamava’s lactation suite is ADA compatible, and features a comfortable bench, a fold-down table, an electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump and a door that can be locked for privacy. The 9.5-foot by 8-foot pod is meant for individual use, but can fit more than one person, such as other mothers with babies and other children in tow.
“We hate to hear of moms staying home from cheering on their favorite teams due to the lack of dignified, comfortable spaces to pump. This is a game changer for mamas heading to a Kings game- it’s time to celebrate!” said Sascha Mayer, co-founder of Mamava.
Based in Burlington, VT, Mamava designs portable lactation suites for nursing moms on the go. Mamava is mama-owned, made in America, and a proud member of the B Corp community. The free Mamava app for iPhone (Android version coming soon) allows moms to search for pumping and breastfeeding friendly locations. For more information, visit www.mamava.com.