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Sunport opens room for nursing mothers

The new mothers nursing room at the Albuquerque International Sunport is designed for comfort and convenience. It is located in the area immediately after a traveler clears security. (Source: City Of Albuquerque)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque International Sunport has become a lot more new-mother friendly by adding a private, relaxing nursing room.

The room, furnished by mothers in the Aviation Department, opened to the public last month.

“Making sure moms feel comfortable and welcome to nurse in our city buildings is critical for families,” Mayor Tim Keller said in a statement. “This new room is part of our commitment to an accessible and inclusive city.”

The nursing room is located in the area immediately after a traveler clears security.bright spot

Added Monica Esparza, deputy director of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force: “Traveling can already be stressful for any parent, and providing lactation spaces is primarily important to the health of both infant and parent and helps lower some of that stress. Creating spaces like these in the Albuquerque airport emphasizes the city’s commitment to not only families visiting, but also to families who call this place home.”

The Sunport’s nursing room is equipped with comfortable furniture, a changing station, and a sink with mirror. Furnishings were hand-picked by mothers who work in the Aviation Department, officials said.

“We are very excited to be unveiling the new mothers’ room here at the Sunport,” said Nyika Allen, director of aviation for the city of Albuquerque.

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