Nursing stations now required in all commercial airports

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – All large and medium sized commercial airports are now required to have lactation rooms for passengers at each terminal. 

Traveling through airports just got a little easier for nursing mothers. This comes after President Trump signed the five-year authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration Oct. 5, which included the Friendly Airport for Mothers Act.

The FAM act requires lactation rooms to be available to passengers traveling through major airports. The rooms are designed to give mothers a place to nurse their child or pump breast milk. 

Many airports already have lactation rooms, including Charleston International Airport. CHS is already ahead of the curve with two lactation stations currently. At CHS they are mobile 4-foot by 8-foot pods that can fit more than one person to nurse or pump for their children. 

Now that the FAM act has been authorized, airports must abide by the following: 

The lactation areas must:

  • Be available to the public and all traveling passengers
  • Be located behind security
  • Be shielded from view and free from intrusion
  • Have a door that is able to be locked
  • Includes a place to sit, a table or other flat surface and an electrical outlet
  • Be accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, including individuals who use wheelchairs
  • Not be in a bathroom

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