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My wife and I were going to plan our first family outing with our newborn. The easiest way for us to breastfeed is still with the breastfeeding pillow and a chair. So no hooter hiders quite yet and my wife is modest about whipping 'em out in public. We're trying to figure out online where/what stores might offer breastfeeding facilities. My google-fu is failing me. Is there some place/way to find out (in the US) where we can breastfeed? Is there some common signage or online place where breastfeeding locations can be easily located so you can plan your day around feedings?

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The only stores I've noticed that offer private breastfeeding facilities are the ones tailored specifically to maternity (Motherhood, for example). –  Beofett Jul 12 '11 at 14:21
    
@Beofett I've heard that Nordstrom has facilities, which made me wonder whether there's some way I can know if where we're going will have them –  Doug T. Jul 12 '11 at 14:48
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Ikea is very family friendly with kid-sized toilets, change tables, and supplies! They often have private rooms for nursing, complete with rocking chairs. –  nGinius Jul 12 '11 at 21:42
    
My wife loves the baby rooms in art museums here in Seattle. –  Ash Machine Sep 4 '11 at 4:30
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I don't know how complete their database is, but this iPhone app provides a database of public locations with comments:

New Medela iPhone App Helps Breastfeeding Moms

With the Breastfeeding-Friendly Places feature, on-the-go moms can quickly locate a clean, comfortable place to breastfeed or breastpump. Driven by GPS navigation and Google Maps, the locator will include Medela reviewed and approved locations nationwide. Moms can also submit their favorite public locations for breastfeeding and include comments.

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Do you know if this database is accessible without an iphone through a web interface? I checked the Medela site, but nothing obvious pops out at me. –  Doug T. Jul 12 '11 at 22:07
    
My wife tried this app out and it was basically useless for Seattle. Instead of a database of places to breastfeed it was a database of places to buy Medela stuff which I guess might also be good places to breastfeed, but there were none in downtown Seattle. An app with user generated content would probably be best for this, I hope someone writes one. –  guidoism Jul 15 '11 at 14:23
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This blog seems to provide useful information on lactation rooms across the US

http://nursingrooms.wordpress.com/category/motherhood-maternity/

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In the UK it is illegal to discriminate against women who wish to breastfeed. So, if your wife was not shy about whipping them out in public she could go into any (open to public) business and feed.

Most places will have some kind of baby-changing room. They sometimes have seats suitable for feeding. As you can imagine, it's not the nicest place to feed a baby.

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