Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Opens Lactation Centers for Nursing Moms


Mar 17, 2015

Nursing moms now have two new spaces at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) specifically designed for privately expressing breast milk.

“Airports can be hectic places under the best of circumstances. But for nursing mothers, travel poses an extra challenge – where to comfortably collect their milk,” said Jeff Hamiel, executive director/CEO for the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), which owns and operates MSP and six general aviation airports in Minnesota. “MSP International Airport’s two new lactation centers provide well-equipped, comfortable spaces to express milk before boarding a flight.”

The two spaces are located in Terminal 1-Lindbergh. One is on Concourse F near Gate F2 and the other is on Concourse C across from Gate C13.

These secure, sanitary rooms keep lactating moms in mind with features like a deep sink for cleaning equipment, easily accessible electrical outlets, soft lighting, artwork and comfortable seating.

Travelers who wish to use a room can gain access by visiting a nearby information booth. For the Concourse F location, go to the booth across from Chili’s in the Airport Mall. For the Concourse C location, go to the booth across from Gate C12. The airport assistance volunteer will unlock the room. When the door is closed, it will lock from the inside showing an “occupied” message on the outside.
 
When the door is opened again, a janitorial staff member is automatically notified so that they know the room needs cleaning for the next guest. When the information booths are not staffed (typically before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m.), travelers and employees are instructed via a sign at the information booths to call for access.

Additional locations are in the works. One will be added at Terminal 2-Humphrey in 2016 as that terminal expands. Another will be added to Terminal 1 in 2015 at the entrance to Concourse E.