Mamava Monday: Mompreneur Amy Jackson

Have breast pump will travel: mama Amy Jackson shares her 3 must-haves for breastfeeding mamas on the go. 
 
 
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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.  

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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!

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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.

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Breastfeeding Sports Fans, Your Voice Matters

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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.

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Here Come The Moms: Why Stadiums Need to Support All Fans

Sports are big in the U.S. with almost six out of 10 Americans identifying as a sports fan. If you’re assuming that all of these sports fans are men, think again. In a 2015 Gallup poll, 66% of men reported being a sports fan, but so did 51% of women.  Thanks to Title IX, the second generation of women athletes and fans is now here, and they’re buying tickets, watching games, and sharing scores on social media more than any other time in history. But are sports stadiums ready for them?

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Fly Fearlessly With Breast Milk: Your TSA Rights in Plain English

We’ve all heard the horror stories about moms (and dads) traveling with breast milk and the TSA agents who make them prove their breast milk actually is breast milk and then contaminate it. Or just as bad, dump it out. Nothing makes us madder than wasted breast milk because we know that pumping takes precious time, energy, and logistical planning. But a lot of moms don’t know their rights because, let’s face it, the TSA guidelines are vague and confusing.

So before you book your next flight, here’s what you need to know.

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First Person: Schools Don't Cut It For Breastfeeding Teachers

Imagine planning 4 successful events for 120+ guests daily with their emotional states running the full gamut: enthused, insecure, energized, panicked, or, worst, apathetic.  Now imagine you don’t have the flexibility to step out for a coffee or even go use the restroom to reload/refocus in the middle of the day.  This was my life right out of college as a middle school English teacher.  

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3 Facts About Your Breastfeeding Rights

 

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. 

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Conferences Can Suck For Breastfeeding Moms

 

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. 

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