Pumped On Progress For International Women's Day

Breast milk has the awesome ability to sustain human life, boost brain power, and bolster immunity. So why isn’t everyone in the world marveling at the super power of breastfeeding mamas? Why are women still shamed for putting babies to breast in public spaces (it's an issue in India, too) and left to pump breast milk in dirty bathrooms and supply closets? Because change is slow. Revolutions take time, and they require persistence and patience. The good news: here in the United States, we’re seeing signs of progress.


Leaving The Nest

I first came to 47 Maple Street in 1995, two years after I graduated from the University of Vermont, and a month after JDK Design moved in to the building now called The Karma Bird House.  At the time, only the top floor was completely built out, and the rest was extremely rough warehouse space. It took Michael and Giovanna Jager’s vision, will power, and years of hard work to finish the space.  


Get Down With Your Let-Down: The Ultimate Breast Pumping Playlist To Let It Flow

Moms might be the busiest people around. And for breastfeeding mamas, this means pumping at work or on the go. Making time to pump on a schedule and finding the right place to plug in are both challenging. But another challenge is getting your mind and body into the right space for let-down when you’re away from your baby. We created a playlist, “Sounds For Let-Down,” to help cue the let-down reflex so you can get down with your pumping (and move on to the other things you need to cross off your list).  Our sounds are designed to be as short as you need or as long as you want so you can enjoy a mini-spa anywhere, anytime. And best of all? The playlist lives on our Mamava app and fits in your pocket.  


5 Lactation Room Fails (And How To Avoid Them) 

For new moms returning to work, there may be no greater intersection between their personal lives and their professional identities than pumping breast milk.  Breastfeeding women need both time and a clean private space to plug in a breast pump. In addition, they need to pump multiple times a day on a regular schedule to maintain their milk supply and avoid painful engorgement. But expressing milk at work can make for uncomfortable situations when lactation rooms aren’t specifically designed around the physical and physiological needs of breast pumping. If your goal is to provide thoughtful user-centered lactation spaces for working mothers, you’ll want to avoid these five common mistakes.


Mamava + Zappos = The Breast Customer Service Around

Atlanta International Airport has earned the title of the world's busiest airport with more than 275,000 people passing through every day.  But now, thanks to a partnership with Zappos, it might also be the best airport for traveling mamas who need clean private spaces to plug in a breast pump or breastfeed an easily distracted baby!


Pumpcast Special Edition: Mamava Partners With Zappos Which Means Something For Every Booby

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Thanks to a partnership with Zappos, traveling mamas will now have more Mamava pods where they need them most--in every terminal in Atlanta--the world's busiest airport!  

In this special Pumpcast edition, mamas Nikkie and Annie announce the good news and reveal the big babies on the new Atlanta pods! Together, Mamava and Zappos deliver happiness and provide a calming oasis for traveling mamas when and where they need it most. 


Pumpcast 36: Winter Cold Season

Baby, it's cold outside! One mama talks tips and strategies for staying healthy and surviving winter cold season. The other mama? Yup, she's out sick. 

In this episode Nikkie shares one of her secrets for keeping her babies healthy during the winter months. Hint: it involves breast milk. 

Eat To Win: A Super Bowl Strategy For Breastfeeding Moms 

The Super Bowl may be about football, but it’s also about food. Every year fans plan their victory menus and compare wing recipes. If you’re a breastfeeding mama, however, the stakes can feel even higher when it comes to knowing what to eat and whether to imbibe. Can you dig into your friend’s famous game-day chili and seven-layer dip? Can you enjoy that chilled adult beverage? We’ve sourced the answers for you so you can enjoy the game with the best of them.


Breastfeeding Sports Fans, Your Voice Matters


Breastfeeding is natural, but it's also complicated. From the physical realities of engorgement, let-down, and latch, to the logistical components of packing a breast pump, taking time to express, and finding a private space to pump, breastfeeding is hard work. And it's especially hard for mamas who want to take in a game and can't find appropriate lactation accommodations. It's not suprising that lactation accommodations aren't plentiful in public buildings and spaces when breastfeeding is not normalized, but that doesn't mean breast pumping and breastfeeding mamas need to settle. Public spaces need to consider everybody's needs. And so mamas, this is your time to speak up and now is your opportunity to change the status quo.


It's Time To Talk About Breastfeeding At Work

The #MeToo hashtag has given collective weight and networked visibility to the unspoken underside of women’s workplace experiences. In fact, 60% of American women have experienced sexual harassment, and most of that harassment happens at work. We’re now witnessing a sea change that’s challenging--and changing--outdated assumptions and expectations about behavior in the workplace, as well as the culture of a workplace. Indeed, the #TimesUp movement is about shining a bright light into the many dark corners of women’s experiences in the workplace. It’s also initiating an important conversation about how we need to improve structures of support for all women.


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