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Supporting Working Parents: A Smart Business Strategy
7/2/24
Employers

Supporting Working Parents: A Smart Business Strategy

Supporting working parents is more than just the right thing to do—it’s a strategic business decision. Let's explore the importance of supporting working parents and the tangible benefits it brings to businesses with key insights from our webinar “How HR Leaders Can Unlock the Power and ROI of Parental Support Programs" with industry expert Kortney Ross. Legal Compliance: The Foundation Compliance with the PWFA and the Pump Act is the bottom floor of supporting working parents in your organization. These…

How to Donate Breast Milk
10/22/21
Pumping & Feeding

How to Donate Breast Milk

If you are producing more liquid gold than your baby can consume, consider this a blessing! As a nursing mom, you already know the benefits of breast milk but did you know you can donate your extra milk and help other families in need? In fact, women have been sharing breast milk for as long as humans have walked the earth. Here’s some info on how, where, and why to donate breast milk! Milk Banks Milk Banks serve as a…

7 Best Hotels for Pumping Parents
7/8/21
Travel Tips

7 Best Hotels for Pumping Parents

As COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifting across the country, pumping parents are once again beginning to take flight. Experts predict the massive surge of travel this summer will continue, with business travel beginning to rebound in the fall. So know before you go! Read THIS helpful article of things you should consider before planning and heading out on your next adventure. Breastfeeding parents know a hotel room can make or break pumping logistics. So with that in mind, here are…

How Men Can Support Breastfeeding Moms and Be Their Allies
6/17/21
Family Health, Pumping & Feeding

How Men Can Support Breastfeeding Moms and Be Their Allies

When it comes to breastfeeding, the first thing to know is that it’s not just about feeding a hungry little belly, but also about responsive parenting — allowing and assisting a new mom and baby to develop that trusting bond, reassurance, and closeness during those early weeks. For some parents, nursing comes easy and naturally, while for others, the struggle is very real! Partners play a critical role in breastfeeding outcomes and therefore it is important for them to understand…

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…

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