For women who work, breastfeeding almost always means pumping. And pumping at work can really suck.
The transition to motherhood is often depicted as joyous—and rightfully so. But postpartum depression and anxiety are a reality for many women and, for Gaby Cavins, an officer in the U.S. Navy, having a baby was “like hitting a brick wall.” Never mind giving birth—what caused the most pain for Gaby was breastfeeding.
Some dads are so rad and supportive that they inspire poetry. Our very own Annie Ode—Mamava’s Director of Sales Operations and Pumpcast co-star—worked up these fun verses in honor of her guy, Eric, who totally gets a mama who nurses. (If the man in your life isn’t so helpful, considering sharing Mamava’s Enlightened Guy’s Guide to Breastfeeding.)
When you’re a new mom, getting back into (or starting) an exercising groove, delivers a whole bunch of benefits: it can help you shed pregnancy pounds; it can build the strength and stamina you need to carry your babe around; it can boost your mood and elevate your energy levels. Here are some tips to get you moving!
Before kid(s), going away for a weekend was easy. You threw your Kindle and a pair of yoga pants in a tote bag and (hopefully) remembered to water the plants. But when you’re breastfeeding, getting away—even for a few days—is more complicated. Don’t worry. Do use this handy guide to get you out the door and onto your adventure.
I hit my breastfeeding goal on Sunday when my first child, Avery, turned one. It was Mother’s Day, and a perfect time to reflect on my time as a mom.
Mamava is a little company with a big mission: to revolutionize breastfeeding by making it more accessible for all mamas. And when you’re a small startup, changing the world takes a little help from your (breast!) friends.
Our Mamava mama is Bree LeMay, a full-time single mother of two children. She's also a hair stylist who's getting ready to go back to work behind the chair part-time and plans to pump in between clients. As a staunch believer in a mama's right to breastfeed wherever and whenever the need arises, Bree's gotten her fair share of unhelpful comments and sideways looks. She doesn't let it faze her, just continues on confidently: "I openly nurse in public because I feel absolutely zero shame for nurturing my children." Bree offers these insights to other breastfeeding mamas.
Author Kate Rope. Photo: Heidi Geldhauser
Kate Rope wants all mamas to to know that the transition into motherhood isn't easy, that society's standards for parenting are often unrealistic, that self-care and support are critical to enjoying the journey—and "good enough" parenting means you're doing a great job.
Author Kimberly Harrington with her son just after returning to work post-maternity leave. Photo: Alex Williams
Motherhood can make you a crybaby; force you to face your fears, own up to your imperfections, let go of what you can't control, find your true friends—and see the humor, beauty, and impermanence of it all, according to a new book by Kimberly Harrington.