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Arts, Entertainment, Recreation

Museums, casinos, performing arts centers, and sporting event facilities have used many options to support nursing moms at work. Often they extend this support to the general public. For example, Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis provided private space in a treatment room for employees and fans. Permanent options can be created if the need is high. Businesses also use flexible options that share space with other areas. This is useful when the need is temporary or there are not many nursing mothers who need services.

Feature Slides

  • Video: Strathmore provides empty dressing rooms and other flexible spaces for employees, performers, and visitors who need privacy to express milk.

  • Video: Multiple buildings, habitats, and outdoor venues of the Mesker Park Zoo require diverse flexible options for nursing women who are employees and visitors.

  • Nursing moms who work in entertainment, recreation, and sporting businesses require varied options for private space, depending on the setting.

  • The Seattle Art Museum converted a dressing room for nursing moms to express milk.

  • The Seattle Art Museum space for nursing women can accommodate more than one employee. It is next to a restroom with running water.

  • The Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis provided a lactation space in the treatment room. The room was available for employees, program planners, and fans throughout the weeklong festivities.

  • The Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis provided a lactation space in the treatment room. The room was available for employees, program planners, and fans throughout the weeklong festivities.

  • The concert hall at Strathmore is surrounded by small areas that are suitable for expressing milk. Entertainers and visitors use dressing rooms and other private areas. Employees can also use one of many small designated office and storage areas to express milk.

  • At the Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville, IN, nursing women have both permanent and flexible options for expressing milk.

  • The zoo designated a permanent lactation room for employees and visitors in one of the buildings housing birds. Flexible and shared space options are also available.

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Space Solutions


  • Permanent space
    • Converted dressing room
    • Converted closet or storage area
    • Small office area
    • Enclosed area of unused space
  • Flexible or shared space
    • Manager's office
    • Treatment room or on-site clinic
    • Unused office space
    • Meeting area
    • Private break area
    • Dressing room for entertainers or athletes

Time Solutions


  • Employees take usual break and meal periods to express milk
  • Staff provide coverage as needed

Other Solutions


  • Child care provider brings the baby to the employee for feedings
  • Employee goes home or to the child care provider to feed the baby
  • Employer arranges for the employee to keep her baby at work with her
  • Employee stores her milk in a personal cooler or insulated lunch bag

Business Examples



Content last updated August 04, 2014.

Resources last updated April 15, 2014.

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