Mamava pods are freestanding lactation suites connected to a smartphone app that allows moms to find the pods, opt into vacancy alerts, and unlock the pods. Moms can also use the app to adjust the pod’s airflow and lighting, play a selection of relaxing sounds, and even leave a few words of support for the next mom who visits the pod.
While many people first encounter a Mamava pod at an airport like Tennille did, there are currently more than 900 pods across the country at a variety of venues, including sports stadiums and universities. But after Tennille shared her find back with her team at Walmart, she helped kick off Mamava’s first venture into retail space. Today, Walmart is testing Mamava pods for customer and associate use in three stores: in Williston, Vermont; Gilbert, Arizona; and Bentonville, Arkansas. The pods are also installed in six Walmart distribution centers across the U.S.
“This is an exciting new option that I hope will give other working moms the best possible experience as they transition back into the workplace,” Tennille said. "All nursing mothers have a different comfort level with when and where they breastfeed, and Mamava is another option for support.”