The NYC MTA and Long Island Railroad has a portable mamava lactation suite at Penn Station. The handicap-accessible room is designed to be a safe, clean space for traveling breastfeeding and breast pumping moms. The breastfeeding pod has a fold down table and benches plus AC and USB power outlet to connect electric breast pumps. There is space enough for a mom and baby, her luggage, stroller, and additional children that may travel with her.
Nursing mothers can download the mamava app for an access code to enter the lactation pod.
LOCATION: Positioned in the corner of the Long Island Rail Road waiting area.
HOURS: Mothers can use the pod all hours of the day — they just need to check in with an LIRR customer service agent. LIRR station crews will be tasked with cleaning and maintaining the breastfeeding room.
Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 207) is amended by adding at the end the following:
1:(r)An employer shall provide—
(A) a reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk; and
(B) a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.
2: An employer shall not be required to compensate an employee receiving reasonable break time under paragraph (1) for any work time spent for such purpose.
3: An employer that employs less than 50 employees shall not be subject to the requirements of this subsection, if such requirements would impose an undue hardship by causing the employer significant difficulty or expense when considered in relation to the size, financial resources, nature, or structure of the employer’s business.