City unveils 5 new 'lactation pods’ for Breastfeeding Week

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The city announced five new "lactation pods" Wednesday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of World Breastfeeding Week this week.

Officials say the goal is to encourage mothers and educate others about the importance of nursing babies.

Dozens of moms joined Health Department officials and other city leaders for the announcement at the Brooklyn Children's Museum to celebrate the event.

Law allows women to breastfeed their babies anywhere they want in New York, but some mothers say they prefer not to do it in public.

The pods offer some privacy in some of the communities that currently have the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the city. The new ones will be located at the children's museums of Brooklyn and Staten Island, the Bronx Zoo and at hospitals in Queens and Harlem. There are currently 30 other lactation rooms in place around the city.

They are 4 feet wide and 8 feet long and each contain a locking door, a bench, a table and an electrical outlet.

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