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
3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia
Inside the pavilion at KidZooU (part of the family restroom).
222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia
Third floor, near the sports zone.
1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ
Second floor, near the theater. Nice quiet room with a changing table and a comfortable chair.
2249 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster
Near the train station at the front of the park.
100 Sesame Road, Langhorne
Next to the main entrance of Big Bird’s Lazy River.
1101 Arch St., Philadelphia
The Mamava lactation pod is usually located on the second floor, near 12th and Arch streets.
4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia
By the restrooms on the ground floor, behind the SEPTA bus.
1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown
The “nursing nook” is next to the playground.
391 Knoebels Blvd., Rt. 487, Elysburg
Next to the lost and found, near security.
6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore
Moms love the comfy couches for nursing while older kids are playing.
249 S. 10th St., Philadelphia
The salon and play space welcomes nursing moms, and has a private room, too.
Restaurants and Coffeehouses
928 Pine St., Philadelphia
This cafe’s other locations have also declared themselves breastfeeding-friendly.
1335 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia
Check out the rocking chairs in the back for maximum privacy.
400 Alan Wood Road, Conshohocken
2206 S Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia
190 Gulph Road, King of Prussia
Second floor, with the restrooms.
500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting
First floor (part of the women’s restroom).
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
Our experts suggested the Rittenhouse and Sonesta in Center City Philadelphia, but many hotels have nooks where you can find some quiet.
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.
Corridor between terminals A and B (free for the first 30 minutes).
There are nursing suites in all three terminals, post-security.
918 County Line Road, Bryn Mawr
1214 Moore St., Philadelphia
You can always stop in here; they have classes and support groups, too!
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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