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MomsPumpHere Blog for breastpumping and breastfeeding moms and moms to be.

What is a Working Mother?

What is a Working Mother?

Just recently Moms Pump Here was featured as a top App for working mothers. There are so many great Apps listed that make life a lot easier for moms. This made me think, "What is a Working Mother?"

Immediately you think of a woman that gets up to take care of her kids in the morning, maybe breast pump to have breast milk ready for her baby while she's gone and then hustle off to her 9-5 desk job. This is definitley the traditional scenerio of a working mom but the term "working mom" now takes on a whole new meaning.

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Uber CEO Uses Lactation Room to Escape

Uber CEO Uses Lactation Room to Escape

This past week it was announced  Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, has started meditating in the company lactation room. Amid reports of company upheaval, sexual harrassment alegedly running rampent and a mass firing to hire 2 new female execs, we can see why he would need to get some quiet.

At a recent event, the iCONIC Conference, Arianna Huffington, an Uber board member, reportedly said:

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Oh, the Places You'll Nurse

Oh, the Places You'll Nurse

There’s nothing in your life quite like the experience of breastfeeding your children. You’ll create this profound bond with the little life you brought into the world, but you’ll also experience sore nipples, tender breasts and grumpy people who think you shouldn’t be exposing their delicate sensibilities to the concept of feeding babies in public.

Whether you’re nestled in the corner with a newborn or juggling an energetic 1-year-old who wants to see the world while breastfeeding, you never know the kinds of places that you’ll end up nursing.

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5 Ways to OWN Your Body Like Ashley Graham This Summer

5 Ways to OWN Your Body Like Ashley Graham This Summer

So I have this major insecurity....my arms. They're huge! Well not really. They could use some work. BUT kids happened and life happened. I no longer excercise the way I used to and my eating habits could be better.

Recently I've been looking at Instagram accounts of plus size models and famous model Ashley Graham trying to drum up the courage to wear what I want to wear this summer. Ashley is owning her cellulite like it's no body's business. So this summer I am owning who I am and what my body looks like.

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10 Things You Get For Free From A Hospital After Birth

10 Things You Get For Free From A Hospital After Birth

After giving birth in a hospital there are some free go to items you must have to recover and have to care for your baby. Here's our list of 10 things most hospitals give you for free after giving birth:

1. Overnight Bulky Sanitary Pads - Bulky pads will be your best friend after giving birth. After not having your period for months it will come back with a vengeance. The bulky pads help contain the mess.

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Breast Milk Uses and Tips

Breast Milk Uses and Tips

Breast milk, aka LIQUID GOLD, is every mom's go to magic potion. So much so we created JustAddBreastMilk for our mamas. But with all the media and nursing mom products out there for breast milk what should mamas know about it?

Breast milk is a natural substance excreted from a woman's breasts for the purpose of nourishing and feeding a baby. Like any mamal, a human body's que to produce breast milk happens right at birth. Feeding your is the primary use for it.

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Breast Milk Cures Cancer?

Breast Milk Cures Cancer?

According to an article on Yahoo scientists have discovered components of breast milk may cure cancer! As if breast milk could not be more powerful or magical....

Swedish researchers from University of Lunt, while testing antibiotics and using antimicrobrial agents found in breast milk accidently found some compounds in breast milk to directly target cancer cells! When breast milk hits the gut it produces a protein called alpha-lactalbumin. The compound derived from the protein, know as "Hamlet," is what targets cancer cells.

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4 Steps to Overcome Mom Guilt

4 Steps to Overcome Mom Guilt

If you have ever felt mom guilt, you are not alone!

Where does guilt come from?

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A Mom's Choice to Use Doula and Mid-Wife Practices During Hospital Labor Now Backed by ACOG

A Mom's Choice to Use Doula and Mid-Wife Practices During Hospital Labor Now Backed by ACOG

The Committee on Obstetric Practice for the (ACOG) has finally endorsed the limitation of intervention prior and during birth. According to their issued statement it's recommended doctors collaborate more with mid-wives, nurses and patients instead of automatically prescribing labor induction, epiderals, c-sections and more!

In the United States it has become common place practice for OBGYN's to recommend patients have induced labor if a child does not arrive on the due date or to perform c-sections when there are no complications. Many of these types of recommendations have allegedly stemmed from OBGYN's scheduling practices and insurance payouts. This subsequently leads to to higher costs for patients for unnecessary procedures.

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Celebrate Being a Woman

Celebrate Being a Woman

Do you remember the last time you were on an airplane and the flight attendant was running through the safety instructions for the aircraft? Maybe you had your headphones in and were listening to music instead, maybe you were traveling with your family and making sure that everyone had everything they needed, or maybe you were busy responding to emails. In case you missed it, they give you a heads up that some oxygen masks will come down from the ceiling should you need them and, here's the important part, you should always put your mask on before you assist those around you.

It's not selfish, it's necessary.

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Mom Creates Breast Milk Lotion

Mom Creates Breast Milk Lotion

Mom, Priya Nembhard has revolutionized the breastfeeding industry again by creating a natural, Ayurvedic lotion nursing moms can add their own breast milk to heal their baby’s skin. This new innovative product, JustAddBreastMilk, is a topical salve made from natural ingredients but the main active ingredient is breast milk! A mom must add breast milk to get the most potency out of the product.

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Babies in the Workplace

Babies in the Workplace

When I moved to Miami my daughter was about 15 months old and my olest 3. We didn't know anyone and had to quickly find solutions for daycare. We were still getting to know neighbors and couldn't trust anyone with our treasure. One day for some reason (mommy brain...don't remember) I had to bring my daughter into work with me. I was working at a university and had my own office. So I figured I could close the door and I wouldn't bother my co-workers. What I couldn't predict is how my boss would respond. He had always been great about me working from home when I needed to but bringing a toddler to work? 

I got to the office early and he was not in yet. I had time to get her settled, start work and answer some emails. When he arrived he was definitley surprised to see her. I explained why I had to bring her in (still don't remember) and said I would keep her in the office with me. No one would hear a peep from her. His response was brief but he seemed ok with it. I knew I was pushing it by bringing her in but in my mind at that time I wanted them to know I was committed to my work. And committed to my children. Besides he hired me before I moved to Miami so he knew our childcare situation was dismal.

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Spring Cleaning Your Baby's Stuff

Spring Cleaning Your Baby's Stuff

With all of the information out there, becoming a mom is completely overwhelming. Everyone wants your money, Buy Buy Baby is even bold enough to put it right out there.

Guess what, you don't hardly need all that you or your friends and family are being pressured to buy. My goal for this post is let you off of the hook and give you a new lens with which to view the state of your life and your baby's life in terms of "stuff". The best way for me to help you keep clutter at bay is by giving you my favorite 3 ways of simplifying with new awarenesses to consider when the walls start closing in:

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The Future is Here and So Are Robot Nannies!

The Future is Here and So Are Robot Nannies!

Robot nannies are now a thing! Moms can order robot nannies to help care for their babies and they are now starting to appear in the United States. Currently used by moms in Japan and China robot nannies are a hit!

Would you allow a robot nanny to care for your baby? According to an article in Forbes these robots are considered "companion robots." The price tage for the robots can vary and current makes like the Kuri Home Robot or the iPal are capable of entertainment and surveillance. The iPal robot is curently being upgraded and will soon be able to speak and directly interact with humans. 

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Janet Jackson Tweets Photo of Her Son

Janet Jackson Tweets Photo of Her Son

Finally! We get a sneak peek of Janet Jackson's son Eissa.

This is the first image since her split from husband, Wissam El Mama.

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Easy Healthy Meal Plan for Nursing Moms

Easy Healthy Meal Plan for Nursing Moms

As a dietitian and mom of two little ones (big-sister Lailah who is 2 and-a-half, and smiley thumb-sucking Yael, 5 months) I am often asked if I practice what I preach. My answer, a definite “yes!”

In my years of nutritional counseling I have yet to put my client’s on a “diet.” Instead I guide them toward sustainable lifestyle and dietary changes based on their needs. Of course, every person has different nutritional requirements depending on where they are in their life stage, especially when it comes to lactation.

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5 Reason Why Moms Need to Laugh

5 Reason Why Moms Need to Laugh

Laughter heals the soul and makes you feel great but it is so hard to laugh when you're stressed out or doing a trillion things. Moms are so inundated with chores, babies, work, school, social media and more. When do we make time to laugh and I mean laugh out loud? 

Here are 5 reasons why moms need to laugh:

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Target Hosts Breastfeeding Nook

Target Hosts Breastfeeding Nook

Target has long supported nursing moms. Their policies encourage in store breastfeeding and if a mom needs to use a dressing room to pump or nurse it's made available.

Recently Breastfeeding Mama Talk shared a new nursing nook set up in plain view in a Texas Target store. It was equipped with 2 comfy chairs, a table, nursing cover, boppy pillow and more.

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Mom Power and Paid Leave

Mom Power and Paid Leave

I’m a fan of Moms Pump Here because it’s the perfect mix of creativity, problem solving, and women supporting other women. To me, it represents genius born of the maternal experience. Moms deal daily with multiple demands, usually conflicting and all happening at the same time. We have limited resources of time, money, and our own energy. Yet most nights, by the time we fall into bed, our families are safe, fed, and loved. We know we can look to each other for help, and Moms Pump Here delivers.

We mother in a country where parents generally, and women, in particular, are severely underserved by their elected policy makers. When the market economy and public policy totally fail us, we come up with amazing solutions. In this context, every addition to the growing list of lactation rooms is another strike for women’s progress. Like job rating sites List Your Leave or InHerSight, MPH makes essential information for mothers available at your fingertips. We have to use this data - every other resource we can - to change the sorry state of women’s leadership in the US, where the US Supreme Court is the only governmental body to reach 30% female representation, women comprise 4.2% of Fortune 500 CEO’s and women’s poverty rate is higher than men’s at every age, and much higher over age 65.

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When Moms Bully

When Moms Bully

Judgemental eyes, gossiping, passive aggression and lies. Bullying, in some mom circles, is not done with in your face teasing or physical contact on the playground. It's done with smiles and being fake. If you've ever moved to a new area and quickly realized you needed to enroll your child in a particular pres-school or playdate group because you didn't want to be a social pariah then you are familiar with a world where judgement is common place.

There may have even been times you've shown up to a group playdate and you realized everyone was wearing name brands but you showed up with your streetachi's. Moms are sweet to you but you know you're out of place. And if the moms are clicky you may even feel like they're talking about you. When you leave the room you feel like they're gossiping at your expense. 

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DEFINITION OF NURSING ROOM - (Lactation Room & Breastfeeding Room)

A Nursing Room is a dedicated private room other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and interruption from the public, which is used by nursing mothers to express breast milk by breastfeeding or breastpumping.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS OF A NURSING ROOM

  • Comfortable seating
  • Table
  • Outlet to connect electric breastpump
  • Sink for cleaning nursing equipment
  • Lockable door
From Pregnancy and maternity, to infants, toddlers, parenting and motherhood, MomsPumpHere does its best to help new moms make the transition from nursing at home to breastfeeding or breastpumping for their babies in public. Pregnancy was challenging enough mother's health, finding a nice comfortable spot to nurse your baby shouldn't be.

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (OBAMACARE):
Workplace Lactation Accommodation Laws

SEC. 4207. REASONABLE BREAK TIME FOR NURSING MOTHERS.
Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 207) is amended by adding at the end the following:

    1. (r)An employer shall provide—

      (A) a reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk; and

      (B) a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.
    1. An employer shall not be required to compensate an employee receiving reasonable break time under paragraph (1) for any work time spent for such purpose.
  1. An employer that employs less than 50 employees shall not be subject to the requirements of this subsection, if such requirements would impose an undue hardship by causing the employer significant difficulty or expense when considered in relation to the size, financial resources, nature, or structure of the employer’s business.
  2. DEFINITION OF LACTATION ROOM - (Nursing Room & Breastfeeding Room)

    A Lactation Room is a dedicated private room other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and interruption from the public, which is used by nursing mothers to express breast milk by breastfeeding or breast pumping.

    Lactation Room Guide -