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Employer Tips: Complying With the PUMP Act to Support New Mothers
1/30/24
Workplace Support, Employers

Employer Tips: Complying With the PUMP Act to Support New Mothers

Large corporations increasingly recognize the importance of family-friendly policies to attract and retain top talent. The recent U.S. legislation, the PUMP Act, is a significant step toward supporting nursing mothers in the workplace. Here, we look at the specifics of the new legislation and what steps enterprises are taking to support new mothers beyond mandates. Understanding the PUMP Act The PUMP Act, or Providing Urgent Maternal Protections, was signed into law in December 2022. Under this law, all companies must:…

What To Do With Your Frozen Stash of Breast Milk During a Power Outage
6/10/21
Family Health, Pumping & Feeding

What To Do With Your Frozen Stash of Breast Milk During a Power Outage

When nature strikes and the power is out, these handy tips will help shed light on how you can keep your breast milk safe and your baby fed during a dreaded power failure! How to keep your breast milk frozen as long as possible: During a power outage, the most important thing to do is keep the freezer closed! According to the USDA, a full freezer can hold its temperature for approximately 48 hours if the door remains closed. The…

Best Online Breastfeeding Groups and Resources for Moms
6/3/21
Pumping & Feeding

Best Online Breastfeeding Groups and Resources for Moms

While breastfeeding is a natural bonding experience between a newborn and a new mother, it doesn’t always come easily or naturally. So if you are struggling with lactation and latching, know that this is absolutely normal and you are definitely not alone! Your breastfeeding journey should be as unique as you, so we rounded up 8 websites and online groups where you can ask questions, share your frustrations (and success stories!), vent, cry, and get support from other breastfeeding parents…

5 Things You Need to Know About Flying with Breast Milk
5/20/21
Travel Tips, Pumping & Feeding, Workplace Support

5 Things You Need to Know About Flying with Breast Milk

As we embark on a new post-pandemic reality, many of us are eager to leave our houses, unplug from Zoom, and hit the skies for summer vacation. If you gave birth during this unusual time, it may be baby’s first vacation and the first for you as a breastfeeding mom — so before you jetset, here’s what you need to know about flying with breast milk. 1. What is Actually Allowed to Be Carried On? Breast milk, formula, and juice…

The Sleep Survival Guide for Moms — 6 Ways to Prioritize Sleep
5/7/21
Family Health, Workplace Support

The Sleep Survival Guide for Moms — 6 Ways to Prioritize Sleep

In a survey we conducted back in September 2020, 93% of moms reported getting less than 8 hours of sleep a night! With higher levels of stress, increased screen time, and major lifestyle changes (like kids buzzing around at home all day), parents — moms in particular — are battling coronasomnia. So whether you’re a new parent or you’ve been around the block a couple of times already, here are 6 ways to consistently prioritize sleep, in what will notably…

The Best Breast Milk Coolers of 2021
4/29/21
Travel Tips, Pumping & Feeding

The Best Breast Milk Coolers of 2021

The right equipment will save your sanity, time, and milk, especially as we resume in-person activities (including returning to our offices). A quality cooler makes the difference between bringing milk home or dumping that liquid gold down the drain after a hot summer day or a delayed flight. There are 1,000,001 cooler options on the market (but who’s counting?) and no great way for a working mom to weed through all of the options. So we scoured the internet, read…

5 Tips to Make Your Breast Pumping Journey More Eco-Friendly
4/22/21
Pumping & Feeding

5 Tips to Make Your Breast Pumping Journey More Eco-Friendly

Breast milk is the most optimal source of nutrition for your baby, and the most planet-friendly since it can be done without packaging, manufacturing, and transportation. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for pumping. From the pump and all the accessories to refrigeration and milk storage, to sanitizing and cleaning, pumping relies on energy, plastic, and detergent. But there are ways to lessen the carbon footprint of your pumping journey. Here are 5 tips to address some of the biggest…

New Research Shows Human Milk Contains Long-Lasting, Potent Antibodies against COVID-19
3/23/21
Pumping & Feeding, Current News

New Research Shows Human Milk Contains Long-Lasting, Potent Antibodies against COVID-19

NEW YORK — March 23, 2021 — A new study shows that milk from lactating mothers who were previously infected with COVID-19 contains long-lasting COVID-19 antibodies capable of blocking virus infection, which was published on MedRxiv. The research, led by Rebecca Powell, PhD, Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is a continuation of preliminary work earlier in the pandemic that demonstrated that after infection, nearly all women produce a particularly potent type…

5 Best Breast Pumps of 2021
3/17/21
Pumping & Feeding

5 Best Breast Pumps of 2021

Choosing the right breast pump can make a huge difference in successfully expressing your liquid gold and nursing your baby. Here are 5 quality pumps that we recommend and may be covered by your health insurance. Not all pumps are created equal! We also suggest you check out THESE tips from the Breastfeeding USA website on how to choose the right pump before making a decision. Pump In Style® with MaxFlow™ Breast Pump Medela Pump In Style with MaxFlow Price:…

4 Self-Care Tips By Robin Long
11/12/20
Family Health

4 Self-Care Tips By Robin Long

We’re very excited to share a few self-care tips brought to you by Robin Long, CEO and Founder of the online wellness group, The Balanced Life. This super mom of four is passionate about helping moms relieve their stress while also providing uplifting tools and encouragement. Tune into Robin’s latest episode of The Balanced Life Podcast to hear her discuss all things motherhood with our CEO and Founder, Kate Torgersen. Nursing, pumping, holding your baby, and being a mom are…

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