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.
You know that what you eat, the self-care products you use, and even the products you use to clean your house, can affect your health—and the health of Mama Earth. When you're pregnant or breastfeeding, the impact of your purchasing decisions feels even more significant. How can you make choices that are good for your body, your baby, and the planet … without spending a fortune?
Megan Pagels, a first-time mom with a full-time job, reminds us that while breastfeeding may be natural, it's anything but easy. From latching issues to milk supply, new moms need time, information, and support.
Jenny Kordell is a first-time mama who's had her share of latching problems and stress trying to find a place to pump while traveling. Now, nine months in to her breastfeeding journey with her very own "breastfeeding champ," she's got some ideas about how we can support new moms, their babies, and their families.
(Image courtesy of MI Breastfeeding Organization)
Use this 2-question checklist to find out.
A woman’s right to breastfeed is protected by both state and federal laws. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) ensures that breastfeeding protections also extend to the workplace. Is your business in compliance with the law?
The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to provide a secure and private lactation room for breastfeeding employees to breast pump at work. But should you build a room or buy a lactation pod? Here's a quick chart to show you eight key factors to consider before you decide.
We've just launched an update to our free mobile app that helps breastfeeding mamas on the go find clean and dignified places to pump or nurse.