September 1, 2021

The Rise of Lactation Pods - Essential For Breastfeeding Parents


n the hustle and bustle of modern life, convenience and privacy often take a back seat. However, for many breastfeeding parents, the appearance of lactation pods across the country has heralded a change. These compact sanctuaries, strategically stationed from offices to airports and shopping malls, have become a cornerstone for many new parents seeking a safe, serene space to pump the breast milk that will later be given to their infants.

Breastfeeding, a natural and vital process, has historically been shadowed by stigmatization and inconvenience, especially for working mothers. The lactation pod has revolutionized this narrative, offering an oasis where mothers can relax, and ensure they’re providing the best possible nutrition without disturbance or discomfort.

Maggie, a new mother and professional, enthuses, “Our bodies truly are astounding. Being able to pump milk naturally is a gift. The lactation pod at my workplace has been a lifesaver, allowing me to provide milk that I will later use to feed my daughter."

The design and ambiance of these pods reflect the importance of creating a calming environment. For many, the serene setting is the difference between a stressful pumping experience and a peaceful one. This not only supports the mental well-being of parents but can also positively impact milk production.

While the solitary pods cater to individual privacy, there's also been a rise in communal spaces like Lactation Lounges or Mother's Room Lounges. These are specifically designed to support multiple nursing employees simultaneously. Complete with sinks, fridges, and microwaves, these lounges go a step beyond, offering a community for new mothers to support and learn from each other. Some lactation pods, like the Nessel lactation pods, also provide sinks and fridges, making them a popular choice for many organizations. 

At the heart of this movement lies a broader message: there’s no shame in pausing your day to provide for the wellbeing of your child. By integrating these spaces into our daily landscapes, society takes a step forward in normalizing and celebrating the beautiful, natural act of breastfeeding. Every lactation pod and lounge stands as a testament to progress, a nod to the extraordinary capabilities of the human body, and a salute to every parent's commitment to their child's wellbeing.

Supporting Nursing Mothers: Lactation Spaces And Beyond

The sanctity of motherhood, the gentle hum of a breast pump, the soft sigh of relief — all these moments underscore the importance of dedicating space and time for nursing mothers. But more than just a personal commitment, it is becoming a societal imperative.

Lactation Pods and Mother's Room Lounges are emblematic of a shift in workplace culture. These spaces signify a welcoming environment for new mothers. They echo an unspoken solidarity, fostering a sense of community and mutual support among nursing mothers.

Indeed, the legal framework is catching up with this cultural shift. While the federal Fair Labor Standards Act guarantees protection for breastfeeding employees, many states have taken a step further. These state-level protections amplify the rights of mothers, emphasizing the importance of their comfort and health. But laws, while necessary, are only the foundation. They need to be paired with genuine understanding and empathy.

Amidst the daily grind and cacophony of the workplace, having a tranquil corner is more than just a luxury — it's a necessity. A lactation space isn't merely a room but a sanctuary. To be effective, it should encapsulate a sense of privacy, a comfortable seating area to promote relaxation, an electrical outlet, and an easily sanitized surface. The simple act of providing these essentials reveals an employer’s recognition of the nuances and needs of postpartum life.

Understanding the lactation process is crucial. Most mothers find the need to pump roughly every three hours. For those aiming to boost their milk supply, more frequent sessions, spanning 15 minutes for both breasts every two hours over a 48-72 hour period, can be beneficial. Extended pumping durations beyond 30 minutes, however, may not yield added benefits.

The argument for lactation pods and lactation rooms transcends just convenience. It's about recognizing the significance of this life phase and supporting mothers through it. Employers who heed this call not only demonstrate a commitment to their employees' well-being but also foster a positive work environment that can boost morale and productivity.

For organizations aiming to usher in this change, initiating a conversation with the HR or facilities manager is a crucial first step. Most will find that creating these spaces, while immeasurable in their impact, requires minimal financial outlay. Such an investment underscores a message that every nursing mother needs to hear: "We understand, and we support you."

Elevating The Lactation Experience: Best Practices For Creating An Ideal Lactation Space

In the realm of workplace design, the emphasis has shifted from mere functionality to compassionate inclusivity. Lactation spaces stand testament to this transition, evolving from rudimentary setups to dedicated sanctuaries that uphold the sanctity of motherhood. To ensure they truly serve their purpose, meticulous planning and adherence to some best practices are indispensable.

Prioritize Privacy: Banish the outdated idea of placing lactation spaces in restrooms. The PUMP Act mandatesa dedicated space.

Ease of Access: A lactation room should be effortlessly reachable, without the need to traverse through potentially uncomfortable zones like restrooms or locker areas. They should be conveniently located to the breastfeeding employee.

Hygiene First: With breast milk being a sensitive substance, cleanliness is paramount. A sink ensures uninterrupted cleaning for both pumps and hands.

Comfortable Furnishings: A sanitizable chair provides ease and comfort, and a small adjacent table is indispensable. 

Ambiance Matters: A well-thought-out lactation room embraces soft hues and gentle lighting, allowing mothers to relax. Add a sound machine to help sound-proof a space. Dimmable lights are also a benefit.

Sanitization: Stock up on paper towels and sanitizing wipes, ensuring both convenience and hygiene.

Regular Maintenance: Integrate the lactation room into the building's routine cleaning schedules.

Signage: Clearly marking the room and providing an occupancy indicator will help ensure individuals know when the room is in-use.

Temperature Control: A cozy, warm environment ensures comfort and relaxation during the lactation process.

Scheduled Access: Deploying digital scheduling tools like Google or Outlook calendars ensures seamless access for all mothers.

Going the Extra Mile: If budget allows, invest in a commercial pump. Moreover, a bulletin board for posting educational materials, baby photos, or supportive notes adds a touch of warmth.

Community Building: A shared logbook or notebook helps mothers exchange experiences, fostering a sense of community.

Storage Solutions: Lockers ensure that personal items remain secure, providing added peace of mind.

In essence, an ideal lactation space doesn't just tick the boxes of functionality; it exudes warmth, privacy, and a sense of community. By adhering to these recommendations, workplaces can transform lactation spaces from mere rooms to nurturing sanctuaries.

Nessel's Pioneering Lactation Pods Merging Comfort with Contemporary Design

In today's fast-paced work environments, prioritizing the well-being and comfort of nursing mothers is not just an obligation but a statement of inclusivity. Enter Nessel's range of Lactation Pods, a mix of innovation, comfort, and aesthetic brilliance. Crafted meticulously, these pods echo a singular motto: "Light, Airy, Private, Calm."

Nessel’s Tailored Solutions

Every organization is unique, and so are its requirements. Recognizing this, Nessel offers a flexible range of Lactation Pods:

Nessel Vessel Petite (29.7 Ft²): A compact sanctuary, equipped with soundproofing, a private lock, ventilation, outlets, and a skylight, illuminating the pod with soft natural light.

Nessel Vessel Standard (35 Ft²): Building on the Petite's foundation, the Standard model introduces the signature Nessel Lactation Station, complete with a portable sink and personal fridge. It’s not just a pod; it's an experience.

Nessel Vessel Extra (60 Ft²): The epitome of luxury and compliance, this ADA-compliant version ensures that every employee, irrespective of physical ability, can avail of the serene Nessel experience.

Why Nessel Stands Out

Illuminate with Natural Light: Nessel's skylights drench each pod with light, crafting a radiant ambiance.

Soundproof Sanctuary: Market-leading soundproofing guarantees an uninterrupted, peaceful experience.

Breath of Fresh Air: With cutting-edge ventilation refreshing the pod every minute, freshness is a constant companion.

Sustainability First: Proudly crafted in California, Nessel's eco-centric approach ensures local sourcing and sustainability.

Nessel is also the ONLY Lactation Pod that offers sinks and refrigerators. This all-in-one offering provides the most comprehensive offering, making it the most sanitary and secure lactation space option. 

Perfect Integration

With Nessel, integration is hassle-free. Whether you need assistance finding a local contractor or guidance on installation, the Nessel team is at your service.

So, if you’re seeking to elevate the breastfeeding experience for your employees, Nessel's Lactation Pods are the answer. Enter a realm of tranquility, comfort, and innovation. Reach out today, and let Nessel redefine your workspace.