Nursing nooks open for breastfeeding mothers at Arkansas State Fair
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) —
The Arkansas Department of Health says Nursing Nooks will be available at the State Fair for the first time to offer breastfeeding mothers private times with their babies.
The nooks, created thanks to a partnership between the Dept. of Health, Healthy Active Arkansas and the fair, will be at the main food court and near the Kiddie Land part of the park.
“We are excited to partner with Healthy Active Arkansas to bring Nursing Nooks to the State Fair,” said Will Hornburg, Director of Sales and Promotion for the Arkansas State Fair. “We have always strived to provide accommodations for mothers, but this will be the first time we have been able to provide dedicated areas for nursing mothers. We want to make everyone to feel welcome and comfortable when attending the fair.”
The nooks will be open during the fair's hours from Oct. 11 - 21.
Health officials say breastfeeding not only has benefits for babies but also for mothers. Mothers who breastfeed are less likely to develop uterine and ovarian cancer and it helps with weight loss after birth.