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Breastfeeding-Friendly Spots in Philly and Beyond

Nursing a baby? Bookmark this for your local travels.

Every nursing mom has been there: you’re out and about, and the baby’s hungry or you realize it’s time to pump. The good news? Philadelphia’s laws are in your favor. It was the first city to pass a law protecting your right to breastfeed your baby anywhere in public, and since 2014, city employers have been required to provide workers with a clean private space to nurse or pump.

 

But that’s not what matters when you need to feed a hungry babe. And while we all celebrate the ingenious moms who proudly nurse anywhere and everywhere (mad props to the babywearers!), sometimes you — or your child — need a little privacy.

 

That’s where this list comes in. We worked with Lifecycle WomanCare in Bryn Mawr and asked our amazing Philly Family and Main Line Parent Facebook communities to tell us where the best spots are. It’s a a resource for any breastfeeding mom who needs a hand in Philly, and we need YOU to help us keep building it!

 

August is National Breastfeeding Month, and August 1 — 7 is World Breastfeeding Week, so that means it’s time for local celebrations of the Global Big Latch On! Lifecycle WomanCare is hosting an event in Haverford on August 4 and in West Philly on August 5.

 

The Breastfeeding Resource Center, which has locations in Abington, Bensalem, and the King of Prussia area, will celebrate the Big Latch On at all three branches at 10:30 am August 4. The center is also hosting an expert discussion on Facebook at 9:30 am August 7.

 

If you can’t make any of those, there’s another celebration August 5, at Phladelphia’s Franklin Square.

 

So bookmark this list, and share it with your nursing friends and any new mom you meet. Don’t see a spot you know? Tell us about it in the comments, or on Facebook, and we’ll build this list until it’s a comprehensive resource.

Museums and Attractions

Philadelphia Zoo

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

Inside the pavilion at KidZooU (part of the family restroom).

Franklin Institute

222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

Third floor, near the sports zone.

Adventure Aquarium

1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ

Second floor, near the theater. Nice quiet room with a changing table and a comfortable chair.

Dutch Wonderland

2249 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster

Near the train station at the front of the park.

Sesame Place

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

Next to the main entrance of Big Bird’s Lazy River.

Pennsylvania Convention Center

1101 Arch St., Philadelphia

The Mamava lactation pod is usually located on the second floor, near 12th and Arch streets.

Please Touch Museum

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

By the restrooms on the ground floor, behind the SEPTA bus.  

Elmwood Park Zoo

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

The “nursing nook” is next to the playground.

Knoebels Amusement Resort

391 Knoebels Blvd., Rt. 487, Elysburg

Next to the lost and found, near security.

Lulu’s Casita

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

Moms love the comfy couches for nursing while older kids are playing.

Primp and Play

249 S. 10th St., Philadelphia

The salon and play space welcomes nursing moms, and has a private room, too.

Restaurants and Coffeehouses

Good Karma Cafe

928 Pine St., Philadelphia

This cafe’s other locations have also declared themselves breastfeeding-friendly.

La Colombe, Fishtown

1335 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia

Check out the rocking chairs in the back for maximum privacy.

Shopping

Ikea

400 Alan Wood Road, Conshohocken

2206 S Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

Both the Conshohocken and South Philly locations feature nursing rooms.

Nordstrom, The Plaza at King of Prussia

190 Gulph Road, King of Prussia

Second floor, with the restrooms.

Plymouth Meeting Mall

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

First floor (part of the women’s restroom).

Macy’s

1300 Market St., Philadelphia

Third floor (lounge area adjacent to women’s restroom).

Babies R Us

Each store has a nursing room, typically alongside the restrooms.

Just Out and About

Hotels

Our experts suggested the Rittenhouse and Sonesta in Center City Philadelphia, but many hotels have nooks where you can find some quiet.

Universities

As some of the area’s biggest employers, local universities tend to have multiple lactation rooms. Some are open to the public. There’s one in the Gittis Student Center at Temple; here are lists for Drexel and Penn.

Philadelphia International Airport

Corridor between terminals A and B (free for the first 30 minutes).

 

Nice to see this at the airport! If you don't know, there's one in Philly, too!

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Newark Liberty International Airport

There are nursing suites in all three terminals, post-security.

Lifecycle WomanCare

918 County Line Road, Bryn Mawr

1214 Moore St., Philadelphia

You can always stop in here; they have classes and support groups, too!

Breastfeeding Resource Center

1355 Old York Road, Suite 1101, Abington

2456 Knights Road, Bensalem (at St. Mary’s)

987 Old Eagle School Road, Suite 705, Wayne

Another place that always welcomes nursing women, and features classes and support groups.

 

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1 COMMENT
  • Alexandra Kujawa August 3, 2017

    If you’re out and about, The Nesting House has 4 locations around Philadelphia, each one with a rocking chair for this purpose. Or just to take a rest from walking around. There are also toys to play with in each location, that can occupy an older child while you breastfeed.

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