Frequently Asked Questions
Why is there no sink in a Mamava?
Mamava suites are designed to be clean, simple, and comfortable. While we understand a sink would provide a great amenity should a mama want to clean her pump or any spilled breast milk, the complexity of incorporating plumbing into our suites significantly changes the design, aesthetic, and – unfortunately – ease/likelihood of installing them in readily accessible places.
Why no changing station?
Our suites are designed for food prep, not bathroom functions. For mamas who choose to breastfeed in our suites, we recognize the need for a changing station, but without a sink and proper plumbing, doing so would raise health concerns. Changing a baby in the suite would make for a less than agreeable environment for the next user. However, as we are very familiar with the reality that frequent diaper changes are a part of parenting, we do our best to reccommend pod placement in close proximity to a restroom with a changing station.
How can I find a Mamava, or other places to pump?
Find all public Mamava pods, and 2000+ other (Mamava-approved) pumping locations, with the Mamava mobile app. Available for iOS and Android.
Our app uses Bluetooth Smartlock technology to unlock public Mamava pods in places like airports, terminals, stadiums, and more.
To see a list of our current locations you can also go here. As some suites are private, this list is not exhaustive, but if you’re in need of more in-depth information, please always feel free to contact us. Additionally, if you have a location where you’d like to see a Mamava, feel free to nominate a new location of our mobile app.
Who oversees the care and cleaning of Mamava suites?
The facilities that purchase our suites are responsible for cleaning and general upkeep. If you ever find a Mamava suite in need of better care, it’s best to contact the facilities people at the location, but if for any reason you cannot locate that person, always feel free to let us know (a tweet to us @mamava is always a quick way to get in touch!) as we have contacts for each of our locations!
If you have a Mamava and are in charge of its upkeep, please refer to our Care and Keeping document.
Why are you hiding breastfeeding?
We celebrate breastfeeding and believe that mamas have the right to feed their babies however and wherever they choose. But we also recognize that every mama is different. Some mamas need private spaces to plug in their breast pumps. Some mamas prefer privacy for nursing and others may just need help containing a toddler while feeding an infant. Our lactation pods are designed by moms, for moms, to support all mamas’ choices and to ensure that no matter where mamas go they have a access to a comfortable dignified space. And by designing our pods to be a quiet oasis, they also serve as friendly reminders that breastfeeding and pumping are happening all around us.
Do you have an ADA compatible unit?
We do! Please download our ADA Suite information sheet here. ADA units have been installed at Oakland and Palm Beach International Airports among other locations.
Can Mamavas be placed outdoors?
Our Mamava pods are not designed to be out in the elements, but we hope to offer an outdoor model down the road.
Our Inflatable rental pod is often used for outdoor events but we recommend the pod be placed under a roof or tent.
As an employer, what are my obligations to support breastfeeding?
If you employ 50 or more non-exempt employees, the Affordable Care Act mandates that you’re legally obligated to provide both the space and time for a nursing mom to express milk until her child reaches one year of age. The law specifically states that a bathroom does not qualify as permissible space. In addition to the Affordable Care Act, many states and municipalities have additional legislation protecting a woman’s right to breastfeed. See a complete list here.
Helping your employees reach their breastfeeding goals shows that as an employer you care for your employees’ health and wellbeing. You’re likelier to have healthier, happier employees and better employee retention.
I’m soon returning to work - how can I encourage my employer to get a Mamava?
If your employer has 50 or more non-exempt employees (regardless if those employees are spread-out across locations), your employer is legally required to provide a lactation space. Let your employer know that purchasing a Mamava suite is an easy solution to bring the company into compliance with the law. A Mamava suite is a more economical way for an employer to provide space without having to build a space or retrofit an existing room.
What are the benefits of Breastfeeding?
Refer to our Benefits of Breastfeeding page to learn about the many benefits to mother, child, and society as a whole.
Is Mamava available internationally?
Mamava pods are manufactured and distributed from the United States. The majority of our business takes place in North America, however, we have had several international customers and are happy to discuss the possibility of placing a pod in your country. Please get in touch to learn more.