Kansas Statehouse helps breastfeeding mothers feel more comfortable

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - New mothers now have a clean and comfortable place to nurse their babies at the Kansas Statehouse.

Incoming Gov. Laura Kelly, members of the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition and the KDHE cut the ribbon on a new lactation room Friday morning.

The room was a former storage closet renovated with a couch, table and other items to help make breastfeeding mothers more comfortable.

Those who attended say the room is important because some places, such as restrooms, aren't sanitary.

"I think about it, when a woman is pumping or expressing milk she is essentially packing her child's lunch for the next day and we wouldn't be packing our child's lunch in the family restroom," said Brenda Brandy, the Executive Director of the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition. "We need to have a quiet, clean space for her to do that. She's providing food for her child that she's going to take to childcare for the next day and that needs to be handled in a clean way because it's food."

Bandy says there is a sign up sheet to use the room. If it is successful, she says they may open a second one.