CAE Unveils New Mamava Pod in Partnership with Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

COLUMBIA, S.C. (August 23, 2019) – The Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE hereafter) and Riverbanks Zoo and Garden today unveiled a new addition on the concourse – a Mamava lactation and breastfeeding pod. The private, secure suite provides mothers with a new option for breastfeeding and pumping while traveling.

“We’re always looking for ways to enhance our traveler’s experience,” said Mike Gula, Executive Director of CAE. “The Mamava pod is an offering needed for our traveling mothers that is currently not available on the airside, and with this partnership with the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, we’re glad to be able to provide this to them.”

Mamava pods are accessed remotely through the Mamava Pump and Nursing Finder App. Once registered, mothers will be sent a code specific to the CAE unit granting access to the suite.

While inside the pod, mothers will be able to use the app to dim the lights and control airflow. Additionally, mothers will have access to roomy benches, space for a stroller and a place to plug in a pump.

“Riverbanks is proud to partner with the Columbia Metropolitan Airport which serves as a gateway to our region for many travelers,” said Tommy Stringfellow, president and CEO at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. “The Mamava pod provides a convenient, intimate space for traveling mothers who choose to breastfeed and pump in private while giving users and passersby a glimpse of some of our zoo babies.”

About the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden: Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to more than 2,000 magnificent and fascinating animals and one of America’s best public gardens. The Zoo opened on April 25, 1974, and for more than four decades, has connected individuals, families and school children with the natural world. Riverbanks is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is recognized as a global leader in animal care and welfare, education, recreation, science and wildlife conservation. It is the mission of the Zoo and Garden to create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation. For more information, visit

About the Columbia Metropolitan Airport:
Now providing nonstop service to eight major cities and nine airports including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York City (LGA), Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. (Dulles and Reagan National), Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) continues to be a major economic driver for the Midlands region. Welcoming over 1.2 million passengers in 2018, CAE is served by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines and is a regional cargo hub for UPS and FedEx. For more information, please visit

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