Game-changer: Major League Baseball team creates in-stadium nursery for moms

/ Source: TODAY
By Chris Serico

The Cincinnati Reds are hoping their stadium's new nursing suite will be a game-changing hit with moms.

The team's Great American Ballpark is believed to be the first stadium to feature a suite "exclusively as a quiet place for moms to feed and care for their babies," according to Reds spokesman Michael Anderson.

The Cincinnati Reds' stadium, Great American Ballpark, now includes a room to accommodate nursing moms.The Cincinnati Reds

Last season, Reds executive Phil Castellini was told that many moms had asked for a quiet and private place to feed babies at the ballpark, Anderson told via email. The franchise teamed up with Pampers and local homebuilder Fischer Homes to make that a reality.

According to a Reds spokesman, the room appears to be first ballpark suite built exclusively as a quiet place for moms to feed and care for their babies.The Cincinnati Reds

In a statement, Fischer Homes spokesman Steve Whaley called the room a "warm and inviting place where moms could still stay connected to the game, but also have all the comforts of her home."

The nursing suite is expected to be ready for public use on opening day, April 6.The Cincinnati Reds

Amy Hucke, a Fischer Homes architectural designer, said in her own statement that the room was designed after talking with local moms about their needs: "Moms are looking for places to nurse, a secluded area to pump, a comfortable diaper changing area, and a place to store her things."

The suite's amenities include changing stations, a private restroom, a kitchenette and sink, lockers, and a flatscreen TV.The Cincinnati Reds

Anderson wrote that the suite also includes "five comfortable gliders ... [a] private restroom, [a] kitchenette with a sink, ice and refrigeration ... and a flat-screen TV so mom doesn’t miss any of the game."

The nursing room is on the Suite Level of Great American Ballpark.The Cincinnati Reds

The nursery, dubbed the Pampers Nursing Suite, is expected to be ready in time for the Reds' home opener on April 6.

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This article was originally published Mar. 30, 2015 at 3:16 p.m. ET.