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WEBINAR | How HR Leaders Can Unlock the Power and ROI of Parental Support Programs
6/4/24
Current News, Employers

WEBINAR | How HR Leaders Can Unlock the Power and ROI of Parental Support Programs

We're thrilled to announce our upcoming exclusive webinar with industry expert Kortney Ross. The webinar will focus on the critical importance of supporting working parents in today’s workforce. Join us on Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 2pm ET/11am PT for this live 45-minute event! Why Attend? In this session, you will learn how implementing parental support programs not only ensures compliance with new laws but also drives significant business benefits. Kortney Ross will provide actionable insights and strategies to help…

Navigating the NICU: A Guide to Seeking Employer Support
3/12/24
Family Health, Pumping & Feeding, Employers

Navigating the NICU: A Guide to Seeking Employer Support

Hey there, incredible NICU parents! We know just how challenging and emotionally intense the NICU journey can be. That’s why we’re here with some tips on how to reach out to your employer for the support you deserve during this critical time. Employer Support for NICU Families Flexible Leave Policies: Your journey is unique, and so are your needs. Don’t hesitate to chat with your boss and HR team about flexible and extended leave options. This way, you can focus…

What International Companies Teach Us About Family-Friendly Benefits
2/27/24
Family Health, Employers

What International Companies Teach Us About Family-Friendly Benefits

It’s no secret that companies are navigating an era of heightened competition and emerging economic challenges. As the workforce demographic increasingly shifts toward Gen Z and millennials, who highly value work-life balance and family wellness, enterprises must evolve to meet those expectations. These are challenges many international companies have been meeting head-on. Many International companies are demonstrating that cultivating a family-first workplace goes beyond merely offering support for parents-to-be and working parents; it's a compelling strategy for attracting and retaining…

Planning for Parenthood in 2024: A Comprehensive Guide to Health Insurance, Workplace Benefits, and Parental Leave
12/4/23
Family Health

Planning for Parenthood in 2024: A Comprehensive Guide to Health Insurance, Workplace Benefits, and Parental Leave

As 2023 winds down, many families and parents-to-be are looking ahead to next year. If you're hoping to expand your family in 2024, a little planning can go a long way to ensure a smooth transition. The checklist is long, so we've put together a handy guide to help you properly plan and prep all the aspects of new parenthood. Let's dive in! Before Parental Leave 1. Understand Your Health Insurance Coverage Pregnancy and NICU Services: Begin by reviewing your…

Supporting Pumping Moms in the NICU: A Guide for Dads and Partners
11/29/23
Family Health, Pumping & Feeding

Supporting Pumping Moms in the NICU: A Guide for Dads and Partners

Pumping breast milk in the NICU is a demanding task, and as a dad or partner, you play an essential role in supporting pumping moms through this journey. From the pressure to maintain a consistent pumping schedule, establish and maintain a sufficient milk supply, to navigating the roller coaster of emotions like guilt, frustration, sadness, and exhaustion—the need for support has never been greater. This guide offers practical ways to provide assistance and emotional support to pumping moms in the…

The Critical Importance of Properly Refrigerating Breast Milk: What Every NICU Parent Needs to Know
11/12/23
Family Health, Pumping & Feeding

The Critical Importance of Properly Refrigerating Breast Milk: What Every NICU Parent Needs to Know

For preemies and NICU babies, the breast milk can be an actual life-saver. Proper storage, specifically refrigeration, is essential for maintaining the quality and safety of this liquid gold. Here’s what you need to know about properly storing breast milk to ensure that your baby is getting the safest, most nutrient-rich breast milk that you work so hard to provide. Preserving Essential Nutrients Breast milk is a powerhouse of vital nutrients—proteins, fats, vitamins, and antibodies—that are especially critical for your…

NICU Parents, This is Why Milk Stork Can Be a Lifeline for Your Precious Preemie
11/8/23
Family Health, Pumping & Feeding

NICU Parents, This is Why Milk Stork Can Be a Lifeline for Your Precious Preemie

In. honor of Prematurity Awareness Month, we're sharing why NICU nurses and lactation consultants recommend Milk Stork to NICU families everywhere. Trust that Your Precious Breast Milk Will Reach Your Preemie. Breast milk is a vital lifeline for premature infants, known for its unique benefits that enhance immune function and support neurological development. Neonatal nurses and lactation consultants understand this better than anyone and recommend Milk Stork to NICU parents for the ease and reliability we provide to parents traveling…

How to Create a Pumping Schedule for Your NICU Baby
11/7/23
Family Health, Pumping & Feeding

How to Create a Pumping Schedule for Your NICU Baby

When you’re already dealing with the emotional and logistical challenges of having a baby in the NICU, finding the time and energy to pump can feel overwhelming. But a regulated pumping schedule can make a world of difference for your precious preemie. Not only does it help maintain your milk supply, but it also ensures that your baby receives the nutrients they need for growth and development. Today’s post includes tips to help you create a pumping schedule that syncs…

NICU Nurses and Lactation Consultants, This is Why Milk Stork is a Game-Changer for NICU Families
11/1/23
Family Health, Pumping & Feeding

NICU Nurses and Lactation Consultants, This is Why Milk Stork is a Game-Changer for NICU Families

November is Prematurity Awareness Month and that puts the spotlight back on the life-saving work neonatal staff do every day. In addition to employer support, many NICU parents rely on resources and recommendations from you, their trusted neonatal nurses and NICU lactation consultants, to help them navigate the journey. Here are a few reasons why it's helpful for neonatal nurses and lactation consultants to have Milk Stork as a tool in their back pocket when speaking with NICU families. 1…

Milk Stork x Kids & Company Team Up to Ease the Transition Back to Work for Breastfeeding Parents
10/2/23
Family Health, Pumping & Feeding, Workplace Support

Milk Stork x Kids & Company Team Up to Ease the Transition Back to Work for Breastfeeding Parents

We know that returning to work is a milestone filled with mixed emotions—excitement, anxiety, and a whole lot of logistical planning, especially for breastfeeding parents. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that Milk Stork has partnered with Kids & Company to make this transition smoother and less stressful for you! Returning to work as a breastfeeding parent can feel like you’re walking a tightrope—with your heart on one side and your career on the other. The Stress of The Transition…

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