Lactation stations at Vikes games will be an NFL first

Lactation pod
The Minnesota Vikings will be the first NFL franchise to install Mamava lactation suites.
Courtesy of Minnesota Vikings

So you really wanted to make it to that Vikings game. But you just had a baby and don't feel like breastfeeding in front of 60,000 strangers?

Take heart, young mother. The Vikings will have you covered.

The Vikings on Tuesday said the team will be the first NFL franchise to install Mamava lactation suites for nursing mothers in a league stadium.

It also plans to install pods at its Winter Park training headquarters in Eden Prairie and its downtown Minneapolis office location.

"While we certainly encourage breastfeeding mothers to nurse where they feel comfortable, we have become increasingly aware of the need many moms have for the privacy and comfort that these Mamava lactation suites provide," Vikings Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren said in the statement.

The Vikings say they'll install two suites at TCF Bank Stadium, the team's current home, in time for the Vikings-Chiefs game on Oct. 18.

The team also expects to use the pods at its new venue, U.S. Bank Stadium, when it opens next year and explore a "nursing area that will allow moms to stay connected to the game" inside the 4-by-8-foot enclosures.

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