Retailers add nursing rooms so moms can breastfeed in private

Williamson County

GEORGETOWN (KXAN) — The Target at Wolf Ranch in Georgetown was recently remodeled. Among the changes, the row of dressing rooms now includes a nursing room.

It’s tucked in the back of the dressing area and comes with a comfortable chair, outlet to charge your phone and privacy.

“I think that there’s still moms that like that privacy like me … I was one of them. I would go to the car, so that is great,” mom of four Jocelyn Coughlin said. “That would’ve been very convenient instead of dragging all the kids back out to the car or finding a little area.”

Coughlin recently stopped nursing and says she’s used bathrooms and dressing rooms so she would have some privacy.

Target’s Operations Manager Lee Ann Lefebvre tells KXAN it’s something parents wanted and requested through feedback so they wanted to make it available.

The Lakeline Target in north Austin is in the process of adding a nursing room.

Target says within the next year you can expect to see them in more of their stores.

“They’re able to take time … take care of their baby or take the time to take care of business and then they’re able to come back and do shopping instead of being distracted or having to leave,” explained Lefebvre.

Some moms are also turning to an app called Moms Pump Here. It asks for a zip code and searches for nearby breastfeeding rooms. In the Austin area, it lists other retailers like Nordstrom and also The Austin Convention Center and Lick ice cream.

About two years ago Austin-Bergstrom International Airport put in a nursing station near Gate 7. The pods give privacy in a comfortable place to nurse or pump at the airport. Inside, moms have a seating area, electrical and USB outlets. A spokesperson with the airport says they are looking into adding another one.

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