Things changed for nursing moms visiting CES this year and it’s amazing to think that my little post from last year helped get that ball rolling.
What started as a simple project to illustrate how difficult it was to keep up with a pumping regiment at CES 2016 spiraled into something unexpected and beautiful.
Here’s what happened.
First piece — I shared the post with Allyson Downey, who directed me to MAMAVA, a woman-led company out of VT that makes portable lactation pods for conventions (and now airports, stadiums… well, pretty much anywhere that could use a lactation room… which means virtually EVERYWHERE) and the Mamava CEO, Sascha. Second piece — Allison Carney Fried (global communications for CTA), responded to my post, promising that CTA could and should do better to meet the needs of women visiting the show. Third piece — Lauren Dragan responded to Allison’s post and then took things one step further than I did, publishing a fantastic article in The Daily Beast. She then helped me push the connection between CTA and Mamava to make sure pumping mamas had a place to go for 2017.
And guess what…
Mamava set up three lactation pods at CES this year — one in Tech South, one in Tech North and one in the BabyTech Marketplace. Allison came through on her promise.
At one point, I was chatting with Sascha in front of the pod in BabyTech and a woman came by to let us know that she had just pumped at the pod downstairs and say thanks. Even if that was the one pumping mom who used the pod at the show, my work was worth it, but something tells me she was far from alone in that respect.