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Mamava's App Angel Enters the Spotlight
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April 5, 2019


Rebecca Roose, Mamava's Director of Digital Products, spoke with Best Mobile App Awards about the award-winning Mamava pump & nursing finder app.


Mamava’s free locator app makes it easy to find breast pumping and breastfeeding-friendly locations for mamas on-the-go. Mamava, the category creator for freestanding lactation spaces, views the app as “an extension of our mission to provide spaces for women to meet their breastfeeding goals,” explains Rebecca Roose. “In addition to locating and unlocking all the public Mamava locations, our app helps moms find thousands of other breast pumping and breastfeeding-friendly locations.”

Rebecca Roose, App Angel, finding her light in a Mamava pod.

Rebecca Roose, App Angel, finding her light in a Mamava pod.

The app, which took home the Gold for the Best Designed Mobile App, currently contains over 3000 lactation spaces (never a bathroom). Users can submit and review lactation spaces within the app, as well as leave moms digital notes.


“When we started in 2013, nobody was solving the problem of providing and finding places for parents to pump or breastfeed on the go. But working mothers need access to sanitary spaces to pump if they want to continue to breastfeed when they return to work,” says Roose. Read more in her App Spotlight Interview.


Download our free app to find lactation spaces near you!




 
Mamava and Medela Pair Up to Support Breastfeeding
Melissa Gonzales, executive vice president of Americas for Medela LLC was joined by Mamava Co-founders Christine Dodson and Sascha Mayer for a ribbon cutting for the newest Mamava pod, placed at Medela’s U.S.-based offices in McHenry, Ill.

Melissa Gonzales, executive vice president of Americas for Medela LLC was joined by Mamava Co-founders Christine Dodson and Sascha Mayer for a ribbon cutting for the newest Mamava pod, placed at Medela’s U.S.-based offices in McHenry, Ill.

 


Medela and Mamava Join Forces to Support Working Families and Employers

McHenry, Ill., April 2, 2019 – Medela LLC, the #1 recommended breast pump brand*, and Mamava, the inventors of the first lactation pod, have announced a partnership that will make it easier for employers to provide the infrastructure, products, and services breastfeeding working moms need. The partnership will leverage the expertise of category leaders as a solution for employers seeking to better support their return-to-work employees after maternity leave, and will amplify Mamava’s and Medela’s missions to change cultural perception toward breastfeeding and improve outcomes for mothers and babies.

“Working moms are the backbone of the American economy, yet they have not been fully supported. We’re thrilled to partner with Mamava on solutions that address the needs of moms during a critical transition back to work after the birth of baby,” said Melissa Gonzales, executive vice president of Americas for Medela. “Mamava’s commitment to improving the breastfeeding and pumping experience for today’s mothers is essential to shifting the conversation around breastfeeding. We are proud to partner with Mamava to unite their much-needed space solutions and our research-based product portfolio to improve the support available to breastfeeding moms in the workplace.”

“Medela’s product expertise, research and advocacy around human milk science and lactation has been critical to the support of breastfeeding mothers as both public policy and the American workplace culture evolves,” says Sascha Mayer, CEO and co-founder of Mamava. “Their partnership is an incredible opportunity to assist companies and the new mothers they employ with recruitment, increasing employee retention rates, and most importantly, improving health outcomes for mother and baby. Our partnership with Medela will amplify our efforts to make more mothers successful in meeting their breastfeeding goals.”

Medela and Mamava marked the start of their partnership with a ribbon cutting for the newest Mamava pod, placed at Medela’s U.S.-based offices, in McHenry, Illinois.

About Medela LLC

Medela’s US-based manufacturing and development facility is headquartered in McHenry, Illinois. Every year, more than one million mothers in the U.S. rely on Medela’s technology. As the #1 breast pump brand*, Medela provides the best in research-based breast milk feeding products and clinical education to support moms’ breast milk feeding journey. The company is fully dedicated to supporting mothers so that they can provide breast milk to their baby for as long as they choose. For more information, visit MedelaBreastfeedingUS.com.

About Mamava

Based in Burlington, VT, Mamava is the expert in lactation space design, thoughtfully designing solutions for breastfeeding moms on-the-go. With both analog and digital products, Mamava celebrates and supports the 21st century breastfeeding mama. Mamava is mama-owned, made in America, and a proud member of the B Corp community. The Mamava app, free for iOS and Android, helps moms find pumping and breastfeeding-friendly locations (never a bathroom!), unlocks Mamava pods with the proprietary smart technology, and delivers useful breastfeeding content. To learn more about buying or requesting a Mamava pod, visit mamava.com.

*IQVIA, using ProVoice Survey; Oct-Nov 2018.

Medela wordmark and logo are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

CONTACT: Ann Pechaver [email protected] 802-578-7512

 
Even Rocket Scientists Can’t Figure Out How to Support Women at Work
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March 26, 2019


It’s quiet news, but it’s big news. Today NASA canceled the first ever all-female spacewalk. Not because of concerns for safety. Or technology. Or astronaut preparedness.

But because the two astronauts scheduled for the mission, Anne C. McClain and Christina H. Koch, both need a size medium “torso component.” And the International Space Station only has one.

So history will not be made any time soon. Or not until they get more size medium spacesuits.

The bigger story is that despite the fact that women are almost half of the American workforce—and many women are the primary earners in their households—the world of work has not kept pace.

Our institutions, tools, and spaces have a built-in bias towards male bodies. The work we do, the uniforms we wear, and the spaces our bodies need are different. That doesn’t mean not equal... it means different.

What other discoveries or inventions or history-making events aren’t happening because of implicit male bias?

Supporting women in the workforce means asking new questions. It means asking women what they need to do their job and then making sure they have that. It means thinking differently about office space design and what is the “norm” for employees. It means being inclusive when it comes to providing uniforms, tools, and spaces that work for women in the workplace.

Here at Mamava, we do this every day.

 
New York City Airports Install the Mother Lode of Mamava Pods
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March 5, 2019


Traveling breastfeeding mamas rejoice— flying out of New York and New Jersey just got a whole lot better, thanks to the mother lode of Mamava pods that just arrived in New York City-area terminals.  Read about it here and here!


The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) just installed 28—that’s right, 28! new Mamava pods (all accessible to people with disabilities) across its four airports:  


  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) got twelve pods

  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) got nine pods

  • LaGuardia Airport (LGA) got six pods

  • New York Stewart International Airport (SWF) got one

And it’s just the beginning of big changes coming to airports, thanks to the Friendly Airports for Mothers Act (FAM). Written by Senator Tammy Duckworth, the FAM legislation requires more than 60 airports to provide a private “lactation area”—that’s not a bathroom, and that is accessible to people with disabilities—beyond security in every terminal.  The bipartisan initiative was incorporated into the FAA Reauthorization Act signed into law in October, 2018, but airports have until September 30, 2020 to come into compliance.

 
Mamava Co-Founders Talk Breastfeeding on The TODAY Show
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March 5, 2019

Mamava co-founders on The TODAY Show talking with Dylan Dreyer about women-driven innovation, inclusive design, and changing culture to support breastfeeding moms at work and in the world. Check it out here!

 
 
 
 
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Mamava one of Forbes’ "50 Women-Led Startups That Are Crushing Tech"
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Feb 20, 2019

Forbes named Mamava on their list of “50 Women-Led Startups That Are Crushing Tech.”

Despite the fact that only 2.2% of investor funding goes to women-led startups, 12.3 million U.S. businesses in 2018 were owned by women.

Women-led startups, including Mamava, are pushing the frontiers of innovation. Co-founded by Sascha Mayer and Christine Dodson, Mamava provides an all-in-one turnkey lactation solution for offices and public spaces so women never have to pump in a bathroom again. Read more here!

 
 
 
 
Mamava: A "Big Idea That Might Change The World"
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Feburary, 16, 2019

CEO Sascha Mayer shares the inspiration behind Mamava—and other important lessons she's learned starting a business—in Christina Warner’s series: “Big Ideas That Might Change The World In The Next Few Years.” 

Too many breastfeeding moms aren’t given the support and accommodations they need to reach the breastfeeding recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. So Mamava was created from a place of experience and empathy by co-founders Sascha Mayer and Christine Dodson, working moms who both struggled to find adequate places to pump.

Mayer shares five lessons she’s learned starting a business:

  1. Business isn’t math; it’s actually really creative.

  2. There is crying in baseball.

  3. Choose your first employees wisely.

  4. Don’t hide your idea for fear someone might steal it.

  5. Perfection is the enemy of progress.

To read more of the interview with Sascha and learn about the inspiration behind Mamava, click here.

 
 
 
 
NewsMegan FulwilerStartups, Tech
Mamava's Got a Brand New App
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November 26, 2018

Mamava is super “app-y” to share our great news! We’ve launched a whole new Mamava app that makes pumping and breastfeeding on-the-go easier. 

Find the breast places to pump or nurse.


You spoke. We listened.

With more than 1 million in-Mamava sessions, we heard from SO many mamas who told us that our awesome (and free!) app has helped find them the breast places to pump or nurse. But, every once in a while, accessing a Mamava pod with the app could be a bit, well, wonky. So our App Angel, Rebecca, recruited a herd of unicorns to fix the glitchy bits—and then went above and beyond to overhaul the entire experience. Now it’s all sunshine and rainbows. 


Seriously, though: our new app makes finding and accessing Mamava pods, and thousands of other pumping spaces, fast and simple. New features help moms connect with and support each other, and normalize breastfeeding.


Some favorite features of the new Mamava App:

  • MORE vetted pumping and nursing spaces (2,000+ and growing every day)! NEVER a bathroom.

  • Enhanced experience makes it easy for mamas to share, rate, review—and add photos of—their favorite places to pump or breastfeed.

  • Super-speedy entry to Mamava pods: the app opens the SmartLock (like magic!)

  • Photos of pumping and nursing places, plus detailed information about what amenities to expect—outlets, a door that locks, space for a stroller, etc.

  • Words of support so you can leave a digital note for the next mama in the pod.

  • MORE content: tips and inspiration, fun videos, and more!


Join the lactivist revolution.

  • Download, rate, and review the app in the app store

  • Share the app with mamas (and mamas-to-be!) you know and love. The more love, the bigger the impact.

  • Join our newsletter to get all the breast resources, tips, and info on new app features  (We’ve got some sweet stuff gestating.)

 
 
 
 
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Mamava + La Leche League
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July 31, 2018

Just in time for World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with La Leche League International to develop educational resources for breastfeeding mamas.

La Leche League International is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization with a long history of helping breastfeeding mothers worldwide with support, encouragement, and  information. Together we’re making the world a better place for mamas. #WBW2018 #NBM18

 
 
 
 
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Mamava and Zappos Want You to Laugh, Then Lactivate
Dena Blizzard in Grand Central Station.

Dena Blizzard in Grand Central Station.

 

May 10, 2018

Mamava is a little company with a big mission: to revolutionize breastfeeding by making it more accessible for all mamas. And when you’re a small startup, changing the world takes a little help from your (breast!) friends. 


When Zappos, a retailer that strives to deliver happiness in innovative ways, approached Mamava about helping us provide dignified spaces for breastfeeding and pumping mamas, we latched on happily. And a perfect partnership was born.


In 2018, Mamava and Zappos unveiled six “Zappified” Mamava pods—with cleaning wipes and breast pads—in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport, the busiest in the world. Next, just in time for Mother’s Day, we hit New York City’s Grand Central Station with One Funny Mother, Dena Blizzard, to spark some much-needed conversations about breastfeeding and pumping. The results are hilarious: 

It’s funny, but it’s also true: very little has changed to make life easier for breastfeeding moms at work and on-the-go. And it’s time to change. So don’t let the depressing facts get you down. Use them as motivation to press for progress. Join us and together we can normalize breastfeeding and pumping. Here’s what you can do right now:

Share this video. 

Entertain, enlighten, and inspire your friends, family, and all of the other people in your social networks.


Become a lactivist. 

Sign up for our newsletter to receive breastfeeding legislation updates, and invitations to take actions that will help normalize breastfeeding in our culture.


Talk about boobs. 

Help others understand why having a private place to pump is so important for breastfeeding mamas, ask why so many public spaces aren’t equipped to support breastfeeding mamas, and challenge people to do something about it. Our resources can help inform your conversations.

 
 
 
 
NewsMegan Fulwiler
The Poetry of Progress
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Dec 11, 2017

When Nikkie Kent, Mamava’s EVP of Sales, had her first baby, she felt overwhelmed about returning to work. Until she joined the Facebook group, “Working Moms Making Breastfeeding Work!”

Being a part of an online community of moms who were struggling with going back to work was an important part of my breastfeeding journey. Together we figured out how to work with our breasts attached to the pump. We posted photos of our growing babies. We shared recommendations for increasing our milk supply and got advice for clogged ducts and mastitis. We even cried over spilt milk together.

Just as my breastfeeding journey ended, I found myself working at Mamava and started sharing information about Mamava with my working mama breastfeeding community so that new moms would have the resources that I did not— support while traveling and for going back to work. I wanted to get as many mamas out of the bathrooms as I could. 

One of my new mama friends was Ashley Summers, a legislative aide to Supervisor Katy Tang of San Francisco. When the city of San Francisco passed legislation requiring workplace lactation accommodations, Ashley reached out to see if Mamava's freestanding lactation pod would be a good fit for the city’s historic buildings. 

Ashley and I worked together for nine months to build our baby-friendly feeding strategy. Then we celebrated the first Mamava installation at City Hall (with seven more locations to come). As we cut the ribbon at the very first Mamava in the City of San Francisco and listened to Supervisor Katy Tang introduce the breastfeeding initiative, I was proud to stand side-by-side with Ashley, a new friend and fellow pumping-warrior committed to moving her community forward.

I’m proud of how Mamava is normalizing breastfeeding and changing our culture for the better.

I’m proud that Mamava is a category creator, making women’s lives better through innovative design.  

I’m proud to be connected with women who support each other, when all too often there is so little support out there.

And lastly, I was proud to have a growing baby girl inside my four-month pregnant belly. It truly is the poetry of progress.

 
 
 
 
NewsMegan Fulwiler
Conferences Can Suck for Breastfeeding Moms
 
Breast pumping pods are a lifesaver

Finally, there’s a place for nursing moms to pump on the go.

Posted by Dose on Thursday, January 19, 2017

Jan 19, 2018

Breastfeeding moms at conferences and trade shows have a tough time finding clean and private accommodations to plug in and pump milk. As if carrying a heavy bag with a pump and supplies isn’t hard enough, often the only option for a private space to pump is the restroom—which is no place to be making food for a baby. 

Which is why we're so pumped about Dose's video from CES where Nikkie Kent, Mamava's EVP, explains Mamava’s mission: to ensure that all mamas have access to clean and secure spaces to pump or breastfeed at work and on the go.

We believe that breastfeeding is a right, not a privilege for the few. So if you're a mom on the go, download our free mobile app to help you find the best places to pump wherever you go, because mamas go everywhere.