What Are Your Breastfeeding Rights At The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter? You Won't Need Your Wand
Whether your Muggle-born already belongs to a Hogwarts house (team Hufflepuff, y'all) or is still waiting for their turn under the Sorting Hat, you're probably ready to pack them up and visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. But if you're a breastfeeding mom, will you have to use floo powder to find yourself a spot to breastfeed between Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade? What are your breastfeeding rights at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter?
Theme parks are one of my favorite ways to create memories with your family. I have such fond memories of my parents and siblings in Universal Studios that I can't wait to take my own family on a big trip to ride The Hogwarts Express or find a wand at Ollivander's. But I hate thinking that a theme park may not be supportive of a breastfeeding mom. How are you supposed to enjoy a frothy mug of Butterbeer if you're hiding out in a closet under the stairs to breastfeed your child? What are you supposed to do if you have older children who want to ride the Flight of the Hippogriff, but your baby needs to eat and you have to make all the plans come to a grinding halt?
Luckily, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter isn't just magical for Potter fans; it's also pretty great for parents in general — especially breastfeeding moms. According to the website for Universal Orlando Resorts, the home of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, there are breastfeeding facilities located throughout the park — the first aid station at Universal's Islands of Adventure, the first aid station at Universal's Volcano Bay, the first aid station at the health services main station in the New York area, and a satellite facility by the Lost and Found at the front of the park all have areas where moms can breastfeed. You're also in luck if you wanted to hop on a ride, but had to breastfeed — each attraction has a family room where one parent can wait with children while another adult goes on the ride, and then the two can swap so both adults get a chance to enjoy. In these cases, you could breastfeed your child in the swap room while you wait for a partner, friend, or family member to ride and then relieve you.
But who can breastfeed that quickly every time? And who wants to seek out a special breastfeeding facility in the middle of a big, long day? Can you imagine pulling your children out of line for a broomstick so you can walk across the entire park? The facilities are nice if you need some quiet time to breastfeed, but what are your rights throughout the rest of the park?
Until you get a wand so you can say "accio breastfeeding room," you'll have to rely on another piece of magic — Florida state laws and the employees that uphold them. According to a spokesperson for Universal Orlando Resorts, mothers have the right to breastfeed anywhere in the park. "It's actually against Florida law to prohibit a mother from breastfeeding," a spokesperson says in an email to Romper. Even if a guest finds it offensive that you've dared to feed your child where they can see, an employee at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will uphold the law. The only time breastfeeding is not permitted is if you're trying to nurse on an attraction, like The Hogwarts Express. "That is an attraction and for the safety of both the mother and child, that would not be a suitable option," the spokesperson says.
Basically? Whether you're a witch, a wizard, a muggle, or a squib, not even Lord Voldemort himself can stop you from breastfeeding inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If you're waiting in line for a ride, if you're inside Ollivander's, or if you're in The Three Broomsticks enjoying a Chocolate Frog, know that your breastfeeding rights are safe. (And if anyone dares to tell you differently, just pull a Molly Weasley.)