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Mamava Lactation Suite now Available at Sahlen Field
Image credit: Terry Belke

Image credit: Terry Belke


June 20, 2019

Oishei Children's Hospital unveils a new Mamava pod at Sahlen Field.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — New moms now have a place to pump and breastfeed at Sahlen Field when they're at a Buffalo Bison's Game. The Mamava pod, sponsored by Oishei Children's Hospital, provides a clean and private space. Read more here.

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Mamava and Medela Team up to Support Breastfeeding Moms at Work

June 19, 2019

Mamava teams up with Medela to support breastfeeding moms and their employers.

New moms need a lot of support going back to work. That’s why we created New Moms’ Healthy Returns – a customizable, single-source solution from Mamava and Medela that includes top-of-the-line Medela breastfeeding products and resources, easy-to-place Mamava suites to pump in, 24/7 virtual support from pregnancy through baby’s first year, and breast milk shipping for traveling employees.

Learn more about New Moms’ Healthy Returns here.

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The Jury Is out on Breastfeeding Accommodations

June 13, 2019

Sascha Mayer, Mamava’s CEO and co-founder, weighs in on exempting breastfeeding moms from jury duty.

New York is on the verge of passing a new law that exempts breastfeeding moms from jury duty. If the law passes, New York will join the 19 other states (plus Puerto Rico) that give breastfeeding moms exemptions for jury duty upon their request.

Such laws acknowledge that breastfeeding moms are busy feeding babies—especially when that babe is a newborn—and that jury duty might be an overwhelming concept in an already stressful time. Of course, many moms breastfeed for a year or longer (following the recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics).  And these moms go back to work. They fly on airplanes. They attend public events. And they pump wherever they go so that they keep making milk to bring home.

So given the reality of life for many breastfeeding moms, exempting them from jury duty seems like a policy cop-out.  Because breastfeeding is not the problem. The problem is not having dedicated lactation spaces in public places. Like courthouses. Breastfeeding moms should have the option to exercise their civic duty if they choose to do so. Which means making sure they have access to private and sanitary lactation spaces in courthouses.

As attorney and mom Judith Miller writes, by not providing lactation spaces, courthouses are actually impeding a mother’s right to exercise her civic duty: “excluding nursing women from juries violates our rights as citizens.”  Exemption laws recognize that breastfeeding moms require accommodations, but instead of making sure accommodations are provided, such laws place the onus on the individual mom to either opt out or figure it out. On her own. (Miller was shown the men’s restroom!)

Imagine if public buildings didn’t provide wheelchair accessible ramps. And that instead of making the structural changes necessary to provide full access for all people, the law exempted people in wheelchairs from entering the building. (“Don’t worry! You don’t really need to go into that building.”) Exemption laws may be well-intended, but they miss the mark by not directly addressing the underlying structural problem.  

At the federal level, a new bipartisan bill —The Fairness For Breastfeeding Mothers Act—has been introduced that would mandate lactation spaces (other than bathrooms) for federal buildings. While this is certainly progress, courthouses at the state level aren’t included. Which means it’s up to individual states to provide accommodations for all of their citizens.

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Mamava CEO's TEDx Talk: Breastfeeding Needs to Be a Right, Not a Privilege

May 30, 2019

Mamava co-founder and CEO Sascha Mayer’s TEDx talk on inclusive design and supporting breastfeeding moms at work and in the world.

“It’s the greatest product ever created… and comes in some of the most beautifully designed packaging,” Sascha Mayer, co-founder and CEO teased the crowd. And then: “Of course, I’m talking about breast milk.”

A design professional and mother of two, Sascha Mayer and her co-founder, Christine Dodson, set out to solve a problem that was all too often invisible: giving breastfeeding moms a clean and private space to pump when they were at work and in the world. They went on to create the world’s first freestanding lactation pods. In her first TEDx Talk, Sascha shares Mamava’s origin story in the hope of normalizing breastfeeding and raising awareness about the need for inclusive design.

El Paso County Supports Breastfeeding and Pumping Mothers

May 30, 2019

El Paso County Supports Breastfeeding and Pumping Mothers

El Paso County Courthouse, in El Paso, Texas, unveiled their two new Mamava pods in a ribbon-cutting ceremony that recognized the unique needs of breastfeeding mothers. “Supporting mothers is certainly a workplace issue,” said Judge Linda Chew of the 327th District Court. “But it is also a social justice issue.”

Workplace breastfeeding support is important for all working mothers, but it’s especially necessary for women who work in the service sector, including the El Paso County Courthouse, as they often don’t have private offices or additional benefits of extended maternity leave. Now breastfeeding and pumping employees, jurors, and visitors will have clean and private spaces to pump in the county courthouse.