MONTCLAIR, NJ [February 3, 2020] – Nursing mothers who frequent Montclair Public Library will now benefit from the ease and comfort offered by a new private room. Sponsored by Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center, the new Nursing Mother's Room at the Montclair Public Library main branch creates a safe and comfortable space for mothers to breastfeed or express milk.
Nursing mothers often encounter environments that are not conducive to breastfeeding or pumping, mainly due to lack of privacy and cleanliness. Many times, mothers must resort to using public restrooms which can create stress and affect both the health of mom and baby alike.
"Breastfeeding contributes to the health and wellbeing of moms and babies,' said Nicole Mincey, director of Women's Services at Mountainside Medical Center. "Providing a clean, dedicated, private space to nurse babies will help to enhance the bonding relationship between mom and baby and promote longer-term breastfeeding."
The nursing room is located on the third floor of the library in the children's area and is equipped with comfortable seating and a changing station. "We know how challenging it can be to find a place to feed a newborn. We are thankful to Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center for making feeding a child at the library so much easier," said Peter Coyl, director of the Montclair Public Library. "With one less worry, we hope parents will take greater advantage of all the early literacy resources we have to offer."
About Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center
Mountainside Medical Center has been serving Montclair and its surrounding New Jersey communities since 1891. The hospital provides patients immediate access to innovative and effective treatment alternatives at specialized centers within the hospital focused on women's health, cancer care, surgery, surgical weight loss, stroke, chronic kidney disease, and advanced imaging. Mountainside Medical Center is a Primary Stroke Center as designated by the NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services and is one of only a few community hospitals licensed by the State to perform emergency cardiac angioplasty. To learn more about Mountainside Medical Center visit www.mountainsidehosp.com.
About Montclair Public Library
Founded in 1893, the Montclair Free Public Library serves the residents of Montclair, New Jersey at the Main Library (50 S. Fullerton Avenue), the Bellevue Avenue Branch (185 Bellevue Avenue) and around town through its electric bookmobile. An award winning Library, its mission is to changes lives every day through words, ideas, and community building by providing unlimited opportunities for lifelong learning, discovery, and community engagement. You can learn more at montclairlibrary.org