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In effort to 'normalize' breastfeeding, an oasis at the train station

In effort to 'normalize' breastfeeding, an oasis at the train station

Amid the activity and noise of Penn Station is a new oasis of sorts, an enclosed pod decorated with sky imagery, where women can nurse infants and pump milk. It’s equipped with benches, a fold-down table and electrical outlets to enable a practice that doctors promote as beneficial to the health of babies — but many moms find hard to do when in public.

The station is one of five where Amtrak is adding the pods after hearing from customers who said they would like to have a private place to feed their babies and pump.

“Women don’t have to go in there, but it is an option for mothers who are traveling and wish to have a little privacy or a confined space where they can take...

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