Calling all Schuylkill County fairgoers with the littlest fair attendees: It looks like this annual weeklong event just got a little more infant and toddler friendly.
Martin Companies has set up an expanded “Nursing and Infant Care Station” featuring privacy for moms who are breastfeeding and for parents who need to change those diapers. According to the fair’s Facebook page, the station is on the upper midway across from the children’s area. Photos show the tented space has chairs, a changing table and a table with promotional information inside.
What a great idea. Kudos to the Schuylkill County Fair’s initiative to have such a spot established. Who, as a nursing mother of an infant, would dread the looks as you fed your baby with a blanket over your shoulder at the mall, at the park or wherever baby happened to be hungry (and no bottle in sight)? While it is certainly a part of life, it could prove uncomfortable for mom, and then there are those who get offended because a mom is feeding her baby naturally in public.
While my nursing days are behind me, I recall Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg having a station featuring private rooms for nursing moms. Each room had a changing table and a rocking chair. Taking a 16-day-old baby to Knoebels for a company picnic, the feature was a welcome gesture and truly impressive.
Another place that comes to mind to accommodate nursing moms is Babies R Us. The store that sells all-things baby (and some toddler things) also holds nursing and changing rooms for customers with little ones in tow. I’m sure there are others out there, and these places should be commended for their consideration and accommodation.
Congratulations to the Schuylkill County Fair on its initiative. Hopefully this station will make repeat appearances in the years to come.