When describing the condition of the "Mother's Room" in most LDS meetinghouses in the United States, the following words are often used: "too small" "not enough chairs or space for everyone" "stinky" "distracting, too many bathroom noises" "chairs are all broken" "no ventilation" "dark, poor lighting and no window" "no Sacrament" "not private, people walking through" "can't hear the meetings or classes" "no where to pump" "a dark, creepy closet where they squeezed a rocking chair" "no air-conditioning, super sweaty for both of us."
Having inadequate facilities for the lactating and bottle-feeding mothers in the building has been a common concern among the women who offered insight into their baby feeding experiences at church.
For local Bishops and Relief Society Presidents who are interested in improving accommodations for the mothers of babies in their wards, consider the following features:
If both men's and women's bathrooms are equipped with baby-changing tables and diaper changing can take place in the bathroom areas, the baby-feeding rooms are likely to stay more private and less smelly.
Above all, local leaders should consult with the parents in their ward to find out what they need and make adjustments accordingly.