Fantastic Amenity for Moms at Hard Rock Chicago!

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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!

Comments

  1. It’s not just moms who dig this. I’m a dad that gives it two thumbs up. As a big supporter of breast feeding, it’s refreshing to see hotels doing there part to make things just a little bit easier.

  2. That pumped milk is like liquid gold. It’s awesome that they make it a little easier to travel and pump and then help you get the goods back home safely.

  3. Awesome. Although breastfeeding is a thing of the past for me, I’m glad you posted this and think it is awesome that Hard Rock is doing it.

    The stigma is so silly, especially as people don’t bat an eye at the mannequins in the windows at Victoria’s Secret!

    Anita

  4. that’s awesome! We are headed to chicago soon for some Cubs games and we’re taking the newborn with us. but if we left her with grandma, I might consider staying at the Hard Rock just for that!

  5. Kay, it is a shame it is still kinda difficult.
    Blaine, double thumbs up for the supportive dad!
    Carrie, I agree!
    Sam, indeed it is!
    Anita, so true. 😉
    Emily, great and have fun at the Cubs game!

  6. This is a fantastic program! I’m currently nursing and had to travel for work last week. It was a real pain bringing all my stuff and then finding a place to store the milk. I contacted the hotel before arriving to request an extra fridge, but when I arrived they pressured me to just use the mini-bar in the room, which was not adequate. I ended up asking them to store my cooler in a freezer in the kitchens.

    I have another business trip coming up in two weeks, and I’m not looking forward to it at all because of the stress of pumping.

    Do you know of any other hotels that have similar programs?

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