Knock Knock Children’s Museum to include ‘quiet cabin’ for breastfeeding mothers, sponsored by Woman’s Hospital _lowres

Construction workers make progress on building the Knock Knock Children’s Museum on October 12, 2015. Advocate staff photo by ANDREA GALLO.

As construction continues on the Knock Knock Children’s Museum, the museum’s leaders announced Monday that it will include a “Quiet Cabin” that will give mothers privacy to breastfeed.

Woman’s Hospital is sponsoring the Quiet Cabin. The area is meant to be a tranquil space where parents and children can take a break from the museum’s stimulation.

“We believe it’s important to support breastfeeding mothers after they leave the hospital, and the Knock Knock Children’s Museum’s Quiet Cabin will provide mothers and babies with a relaxing environment to encourage and embrace breastfeeding,” said Woman’s Hospital President and CEO Teri Fontenot in a news release.

In the Quiet Cabin, parents also will find reading materials and resources about parenting and child development.

The Knock Knock Children’s Museum organizers have been raising money for the museum for more than a decade, and the museum broke ground in April. The combination of construction and interior furnishings for the whole building is expected to cost around $12 million.

Several donors and sponsors have stepped up to fund certain areas of the museum that align with their work — such as Art Favre of Performance Contractors and Newton and Betsy Thomas with Triad Electric & Controls sponsoring a By-You Building Zone.

Knock Knock Children’s Museum Project Director Melissa Bell said the gift from Woman’s Hospital helped bring the Quiet Cabin to fruition.

“The partnership between Knock Knock and Woman’s Hospital is such a natural one given the museum’s position as an educational destination for families with young children and the hospital’s focus on the health of women and their babies,” said Knock Knock Chairwoman Elect Aza Bowlin in a news release.

The under-construction museum is on Dalrymple Drive, atop a hill on BREC’s City-Brooks Community Park property across from the golf course and LSU lakes.

The museum is expected to open next year, if construction stays on track. It should be around 30,000 square feet, and feature up to 20 learning zones that range from a Bubble Playground to a Knock Knock Maker Shop.

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