Updated March 28

Here’s another Philly first to make residents proud: In 1997, the city became the first in the United States to legally protect the right to breastfeed in public.

The progressive stance on parenting and women in the workforce continued a decade later, when the city mandated all job sites must accommodate breast-pumping. And in 2016, all public bathrooms in Philadelphia were required to have baby changing stations, including the men’s.

But that still doesn’t mean it’s easy to navigate the city as a new parent, where the ability to get out of the house and partake in human interaction can very well depend on whether a stinky diaper can be easily discarded, or if a baby’s hunger can be satisfied before they go into full-on maybe-an-exorcism-would-help? mode.

One bright, gold You Tried star for SEPTA’s ingenuity.


It’s the little things that go a long way for taking care of your little ones.

Billy Penn is here to help. We dug into local resources like Wee-Wander, Pennsymoms, La Leche League and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, scoured the forums and social media, and called around for details.

Our research produced this: A list of 43 parent-friendly changing rooms and nursing-friendly spaces around Center City. Go forth and breastfeed.

Ali’s Wagon 

2017 Fairmount Ave.

It’s good that most “baby & kids” stores are chill with parents changing diapers or expressing milk, but Ali’s Wagon even has a Parenting Center. UPDATE: This location is reportedly closed.

Barnes and Noble 

Multiple Locations

Known for their in-store Starbucks, not as known for their nursing-friendly policies (or their uber clean restrooms, for that matter).

The Bellevue Food Court

200 S. Broad St.

Changing stations in both men’s and women’s restrooms.

Breastfeeding Resource Center

Multiple Locations

The Bourse

111 S. Independence Mall 

Mostly-abandoned food courts have clean changing room stations, apparently.

Burlington Coat Factory 

Multiple Locations

Many Burlington Coat Factory stores offer designated nursing rooms. Check if the one nearest to you does.

Center City Pediatrics

1740 South St. #200

Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania 

3401 Civic Center Blvd.

The Dandelion

124 S. 18th St. 

Stephen Starr restaurants just get parents, it seems. Changing rooms are available in each of their tidy restrooms.

The Einstein Medical Center

5501 Old York Rd. 

Elmwood Park Zoo 

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown, PA 19401

Essene Market & Café

719 S. 4th St.

Many a breastfeeding support group meets here monthly.

The Franklin Institute

222 N. 20th St.

Nursing room on the third floor, near the Sports Center.

Free Library of Philadelphia

Multiple Locations

Public baby changing stations abound at Free Library branches.

Front Street Café

1253 N. Front St.

After all, Fresh + (Parent) Friendly + Philadelphia is their logo.

Good Karma Café

Multiple Locations

They’ve got the seal of approval from Maternity Care Coalition.

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network

Multiple Locations

Hall-Mercer Child and Parent Center

245 S. Eighth St.


2206 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

Feed your little meatball while eating a Swedish meatball.

The Independence Visitors Center

599 Market St.

Changing stations in both men’s and women’s restrooms.

The Kimmel Center

300 S. Broad St.

Offers comfortable, calm seating areas that are just as fabulous for intermission snacking as they are for breastfeeding.

La Colombe

Multiple Locations

Nursing is in, WiFi is out.


1234 S Broad St.

This is a nonprofit for and by families in the South Philadelphia area. Yes, breastfeeding is allowed here and changing rooms are available.


1300 Market St. 

The third floor has a Women’s Lounge dedicated to nursing and breast pumping. Changing rooms are in every bathroom.

Mama’s Wellness Joint

1100 Pine St.

No Mommy & Me yoga sesh is complete without a potty break.


2113 E. York St.

Minnow Lane

2029 Frankford Ave.

“The path to natural parenting” comes with a space that is supportive (even encouraging!) of natural milk. Score.

My Fabulous Mama

1430 Walnut St. Suite 200


1301 Locust St.

While a NEST membership comes with its perks, everyone (including walk-ins for playgroup!) is entitled to diaper changing and breastfeeding.

The Nesting House

Multiple Locations

Nordstrom Rack

1700 Chestnut St.

Nordstrom champions customer service, and that means treating their littlest clients with care and compassion.

Pennsylvania Convention Center

1101 Arch St.

Philadelphia Zoo

3400 W. Girard Ave.

They’ve got a brand-new Mamava Lactation Suite in the Rare Animal Conservation Center.

Pizzeria Stella

420 S. 2nd St.

All of the lists out there in the World Wide Web agree that Pizzeria Stella is one of the most family-friendly spots in Philadelphia.

Please Touch Museum

4231 Avenue of the Republic

Places that are for children need to be able to accommodate their parents. Please Touch does just that.

Reading Terminal Market

51 N. 12th St.

A tourist trap doesn’t sound as enchanting as a place to publicly breastfeed does.

The Shops at Liberty Place

1625 Chestnut St.

Changing stations in both men’s and women’s restrooms.

Solutions for Women – Pennsylvania Hospital

700 Spruce St. 


Multiple Locations

It’s in their company policy to allow women to breastfeed and change diapers as needed in their fitting rooms.

Temple University – Howard Gittis Student Center 

1755 N. 13th St. 

The Mamava can be reserved for use at the Student Center’s info desk.

Vagabond Boutique

37 N. 3rd St.

Co-owned by two women (and two mothers), Philly-area bloggers have praised the boutique for being gracious about nursing on their extremely comfy couches.

The Wells Fargo Center

3601 S. Broad St.

There’s a designated breastfeeding and pumping pod in the home of the Flyers and 76ers.

Whole Foods — Art Museum

2101 Pennsylvania Ave. 
Immaculate restrooms with changing stations.