Amtrak to provide private places to breast feed at five major stations

30th Street Station is included.

Molly Daly
May 24, 2018 - 3:40 pm
Inside 30th Street Station.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Amtrak announced this week that it will be providing private spaces where moms can breastfeed at five major train stations, including Philadelphia's 30th Street Station. The move follows online petition drives launched by two Philadelphia women.

In a news release Wednesday, Amtrak said it will place the freestanding lactation suites in Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore and Chicago in time for summer travel. New York's won't appear until early fall.

Lacey Kohlmoos petitioned Amtrak last year after finding no place to pump milk at D.C.'s Union Station, having to use a coffee shop bathroom instead. She's pleased about the addition of lactation pods but says more should be done.

"I'd like to see it expand to every single Amtrak station throughout the country," Kohlmoos said. "And at the same time, I would also like to point out that most airports do not have lactation facilities in each of their terminals."

Although Amtrak makes no mention of the petition drive, Kolhmoos believes there's a direct connection.

"I think that the success of our campaign really demonstrates how powerful women can be when we join together to create change for ourselves and our community," she said.

The passenger rail service says the ADA-compliant 5-by-9 -foot mobile pods include bench seating, a table, an electrical outlet for a breast pump, a locking door for privacy, and, although they're designed for individual use, room for kids.