Doña Ana Community College (DACC) Vice President for Business and Finance Kelly Brooks today announced a Mamava suite is operational on the Espina Campus to support breastfeeding mothers, including students, staff, faculty and other mothers who need to breastfeed their child.
“We look forward to mothers using this beneficial, vital, self- contained unit which if proven successful could be placed on our six campuses and centers throughout Doña Ana County,” Brooks said.
The Mamava suite is located in Alex Sanchez Hall in the South Great Hall and is available by downloading the Mamava App from the Apple and/or Android App Stores and using it to unlock and access the suite. The suite will be available during regular hours at the Espina Campus from 7 am to 10 pm Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday and closed on Sunday.
The New Mexico Department of Health points out, that from the year 2000 to 2013, of the 89.3% of women who started breastfeeding, only 65.8% had continued by the second month. Working mothers, especially, have a challenging time continuing to breastfeed their child. Many times, rather than continue, they will stop. According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breastfeeding has many known health benefits for infants, children and mothers and is a key strategy to improve public health.
DACC Vice President of Student Services Ike Ledesma has made rooms available for breastfeeding by appointment at all DACC campuses and centers. “While we offer options, the Mamava suite makes it easier for today’s moms to breastfeed,” Ledesma said. “It is ADA compliant and can be reserved with an app. In addition, it is locked, has benches, chairs and an electrical outlet that can be used for a breast pump.”