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Gameday tent to support breastfeeding moms debuts in Auburn

Published: Sep. 30, 2015 at 9:49 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 8, 2015 at 11:37 PM CDT
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AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - This weekend for Auburn University's homecoming, a very special tent will be dedicated to the smallest Tiger fans and their breastfeeding moms.

The Tiger Babies breastfeeding support tent is the brainchild of two Auburn School of Nursing faculty members who realized there were not many options when it came to safe, clean, private areas for mothers to nurse their infants.

The unique tent will debut this Saturday right outside of Jordan-Hare Stadium on the lawn of Miller Hall.

Auburn nursing students along with East Alabama Medical Center lactation consultants will be there to provide assistance. The tent will have rocking chairs and fans for the nursing mothers in addition to fully stocked changing tables.

"Trying to nurse your baby or change your baby inside the stadium isn't ideal. So if we can provide this environment for them to take advantage of, and we might even offer it up to the opponents, we just believe it is a great way to show the school of nursing," said Francine Parker, Associate Dean of the Auburn School of Nursing.

As of right now, the tent is scheduled to be open during the homecoming game and the Nov. 21 match-up against Idaho. The hope is to eventually have it up during every home game.

For the homecoming game, the tent will open up around noon and will be set up throughout the game.

The School of Nursing collaborated with East Alabama Medical Center, the School of Education and the School of Industrial Design. 

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