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Today I was reading Baby Rabies, one of my very favorite parent/mom/family blogs (outside of the travel world), and I read a post that made me very excited. Apparently the Hard Rock Chicago has introduced a “Nursing Mothers Amenity Program” in order to meet the needs of moms who are breastfeeding or ‘pumping’ while traveling. If you have ever been a nursing/pumping mom who has had to hit the road, you know how awesome this is!
According to the Hard Rock Chicago’s site:
Medela, the number one choice of hospitals and mothers, has partnered with Hard Rock Hotel Chicago to provide hospital grade Symphony breastpumps and breastfeeding Accessory Starter Sets, which include: Quick CleanTM Micro SteamTM Bags, Quick Clean Wipes, Pump and SaveTM Bags and Disposable Bra Pads. In addition, the Nursing Mothers Amenity Program also features convenient in-room amenities such as microwaves, mini-refrigerators, ice packs for transportation and mini cooler bags.
The Nursing Mothers Amenity Program costs $30, with proceeds directly benefiting local families with children in Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago through The Jackson Chance Foundation.
The hotel’s concierge staff is also trained with the know-how to source additional nursing-specific requests such as FedExing expressed milk.
I have stayed at the Hard Rock Chicago before (on a super cheap Hotwire rate) and had a very good stay. The fact that the hotel is making this available makes me like them even more. For whatever reason nursing and/or pumping still has a bit of a ridiculous stigma here in the US, so the fact that a somewhat trendy and sexy hotel like Hard Rock Chicago is making this available is especially cool. I can only hope that other hotels will follow suit in meeting the needs of traveling moms and families.
What do you guys think – super helpful or unnecessary?
PS. If you are a nursing mom who wants additional tips about traveling without your kiddo, head to Road Warriorette as she has recently written a few posts on this topic!