HelpContact UsFOILSite Map

Custom Navigation

Living in Tompkins County linkLearning in Tompkins County linkVisiting Tompkins County linkBusiness in Tompkins County linkTompkins County Government link

Mamava Gives Women the Choice to Breastfeed in Private at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport

You are here:

You are here

> Mamava Gives Women the Choice to Breastfeed in Private at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport


Health Department Rabies Clinics this month. Details HERE.

Injury from falling is a major risk for older adults and people with disabilities.  Click HERE to review information on how to prevent falls from the Office for the Aging.

previous next

Mamava Gives Women the Choice to Breastfeed in Private at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH) announces the installation of Mamava, a lactation suite that will give mothers the choice to nurse their infants in private.

“We were disturbed to learn that some of our travelers who are nursing mothers and seeking privacy were forced to do so in the women’s restroom,” stated Director of Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport Mike Hall.

While the airport does not prohibit women from breastfeeding in public, this addition will give the mother a choice to breast pump or feed her child in or outside of the Mamava suite.

Mamava was started in 2006 by Christine Dodson and Sascha Mayer, who were frustrated with the lack of privacy available to them to nurse. Mamava is dedicated to changing the business of breastfeeding with its motto: “nursing should be a right, not a privilege,” and aims to bring awareness and acceptance of breastfeeding as a natural human function and making breastfeeding more accessible for women.

The Mamava suite comes with a multi-functional mechanical SmartLock with Bluetooth, which syncs with the Mamava mobile app to provide security to nursing mothers and their families. The Mamava suite contains one collapsible table, which provides space for a breast pump, as well as two benches, which can comfortably fit a mother, her partner, additional children, or luggage, such as a stroller. There is also an AC and USB outlet, so that mothers can charge their devices while in the suite.

Adding the Mamava has been a long-term goal of the airport and was made possible by the discovery of funds in this year’s budget. Hall added “We are very excited to be able to bring this option to our travelers during the busiest season of year.”

For more information about the Mamava suite, please contact Mike Hall at or call (607) 257-0456.

About ITH

The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is a major economic engine for Tompkins County, with nearly $70 million annual positive economic impact and supporting 510 jobs. The airport provides a relaxing and convenient start to travelling, beginning with a short trip to the airport, plentiful nearby parking, free Wi-Fi, and short check-in lines. The airport is a major international and national gateway for Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College and local industry. With competitive fares, over 700 one-stop destinations, and direct flights to Philadelphia, Newark, and Detroit, you can easily and economically reach your final destination by flying from Ithaca. Visit for more details about our service.