Phoenix Sky Harbor adds nursing rooms in each terminal

The exterior of one of the nursing rooms at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (Photo by Eboni Johnson/Cronkite News)

Inside one of the nursing rooms at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. (Photo by Eboni Johnson/Cronkite News)

Traveling mothers can sit back and relax because nursing their babies just became a little less stressful at Sky Harbor Airport.

Each terminal at the airport now has a nursing room designed to give mothers a private setting to nurse or pump while traveling.

“The nursing stations were something that our customers frequently requested, and it’s a growing trend within airports,” said airport spokeswoman Heather Lissner. “We wanted to give individuals the opportunity to have a place to go if they needed it for nursing.”

Each nursing room is located pre-security and next to the restrooms. Terminal two is located near the men’s room in the walkway between the ticket counters and checkpoint. Terminal three is located on level one next to the ladies room. Terminal four is located next to the family restroom on the northwest side of level three. The entrance is between Desert Breeze and AZ Fairways.

Each nursing room can fit a couple moms and contains a sink and countertop, a soap dispenser, a paper towel dispenser, a baby changing station, comfortable seating and an electrical outlet.

Kristen Qunell a traveler from Atlanta, Georgia, was excited to see the new amenity in the Phoenix airport and said she thinks it’s helpful for mothers.

“I think they’re great, I think there should be at least a nursing room in every public area,” said Qunell, who was traveling with her son. “It’s great if there’s multiple seating so more than one mom can use it, because there is more than one mom that probably will be doing it at the same time.”

Lissner said that as Terminal 3 is modernized they are looking at a way to incorporate additional nursing rooms into the terminal.

Though Phoenix Sky Harbor does not track the number of uses of the nursing rooms, Lissner said that they had “received positive feedback from mothers who thanked us for having these available.”

To locate the nursing rooms in each terminal, visit Sky Harbor’s website. There is also information in the airport guide available at the information counters or printed on directories throughout the airport.