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South Coast airport adds 'Lactation Pod' to give traveling moms a safe spot for breastfeeding

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The Santa Barbara Airport's new lactation pod, which gives mothers a safe place to breastfeed or pump.

A South Coast airport has added a new facility specially designed to help parents traveling with newborn children.

Santa Barbara Airport has installed what's known as a "Lactation Pod." It's a private room where a mother can breastfeed or pump.

The pod has controlled light, airflow, and electricity for a pump. It's big enough for a stroller. People can access it using a special phone app, which insures the security of those using it.

Airport officials say the pod also was custom designed to match the terminal's Spanish style architecture. The pod is on the second floor of the terminal, near the airport's Gate Two.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.