Schools across the country are making news and not for student learning. Instead, these stories have exposed the fact that most schools don’t provide appropriate breast pumping accommodations for their breastfeeding teachers. Given that more than 75% of all teachers are women, and almost half of those are under the age of 40, it's a huge problem when the professionals--whose job it is to teach, nurture, and inspire children--are not supported in their own workplace.
Inclusivity is an important goal for HR experts in today's workplace. The traditional assumption that white able-bodied men are the "norm" for employees will (hopefully) soon be a relic of a bygone era. Yet too many workplaces are still not supporting breastfeeding women when they go back to work. And now that women make up more than 50% of the workforce, it's time to make room for them.
Photo: Work. Pump. Repeat.
Becoming a new mom is wonderful and lifechanging. Returning to work as a new mom, however, can be a whole different story. Finding an appropriate place to pump can be a huge source of stress for working breastfeeding moms. Many workplaces still don't provide moms with private, clean, and comfortable spaces to express milk. So what do moms need when it comes to a place to pump?
It may be the 21st century but there's still a lot of confusion, misunderstanding, and stigma around breastfeeding in public. Yeah, we don't get it either. But we do get that when you're a busy mama on the go, you don't have extra time to read up on your breastfeeding rights.
But trust us, you have rights. So we've put together a quick cheat-sheet to save you time so you can get back to what matters most, like breastfeeding your baby or finding a clean and quiet place to plug in your breast pump.
Modern workplaces have seen significant changes in the last decade--from small changes like standing desks to bigger changes like flexible schedules. These changes reflect a renewed interest in and emphasis on employee health and wellbeing. And just in time too, because there are now 16 million millennial moms and 70% of moms are in the labor force. Is your workplace prepared?
For over 20 years I have had the privilege to creatively collaborate with Michael Jager, an extraordinary designer and creative director, and one of the "papas" behind Mamava. It was under Michael's thoughtful and generous guidance that we were able to incubate Mamava at JDK Design, the design studio Michael co-founded with his wife Giovanna.
Mamas-to-be need a lot for the baby: onesies, diapers, and the list goes on. But what supplies do moms need to be successful at breastfeeding?
We get it. Moms-to-be have enough to worry about without the added pressures of a ton of opinions about breastfeeding. At Mamava we believe in a judgement-free zone when it comes to choosing to breastfeed, but we also know it takes a community of family, friends, and employer support to be successful.
Throwing a breastfeeding themed shower for a soon-to-be new mom who's decided to try breastfeeding is a creative way to make sure she has everything she needs...before she needs it.
Breastfeeding moms on the go have a tough time finding clean and private accommodations to plug in and pump milk. I experienced this first hand when I was a breastfeeding mother away from my baby. As if carrying a heavy bag with pump and supplies as I walked miles around the tradeshow wasn't difficult enough, often my only option for a private space to pump was the restroom –no place to be making food for a new born.
You understand what it takes to be compliant with Federal standards, but what does it take to ensure your lactation room is truly serving its breastfeeding moms?
The rise and fall of Miki Agrawal, the founder and CEO of the women-founded, feminist-branded company Thinx, is causing a stir in the business world, but for all the wrong reasons. In “What A Start-Up’s Scandal Says About Your Workplace,” (March 23, New York Times) Miya Tokumitsu describes Agrawal’s fall as all but inevitable because it exposes what she calls the “myth” that making a profit can be compatible with social justice. But the story of Thinx has nothing do with being a socially conscious start-up and everything to do with how you treat your employees, vendors, and other partners. In other words, it’s not Agrawal’s start-up status or social justice mission that caused her downfall: it was just bad business.