Not only do the lactation suites support nursing mothers but also for their employers, who increasingly recognize that their staff are unable to work efficiently if they need to go off-site to express milk. “Once employers understand the science behind breastfeeding, they get it. Women need to maintain a schedule or they are uncomfortable or they may become unable to provide food for their child.”
With this understanding, employers begin to ask the question, “How can I solve this? What can we do?” and they become real advocates for working women. By providing a clean and private place, the Mamava lactation suites solve a workplace problem. In supporting the needs of Moms on the go, they also increase awareness of breastfeeding and change the culture to empower working mothers and allow for greater choice and equity.
In addition to designing and producing the physical suites, the team is also developing an app to locate nursing-friendly places for Moms on the go, working on providing content that engages Moms, creating brand-specific marketing for the suites, and advocating for and writing legislation that addresses the needs of working mothers who breastfeed. Through this, Mamava is building a community of breastfeeding advocates and support for lactation suite access.
As a start-up company, it’s an exciting and ever-changing place to work. Over the last ten years, the company has grown to employ nine talented staff people who are working in design, sales, manufacturing, advocacy, and customer satisfaction. “The people who work here are really drawn to the mission. We’re addressing real needs of working women, their employers, and families. Our staff is attracted to the energy, the cause, the potential.” In addition to being a B-corp women-owned company, Mamava also supports its staff through workplace practices and creating a positive work culture with ideas like Thoughtful Thursday, a policy that enables everyone to work from home on Thursdays. “It’s a perk that is easy for the company and the staff really appreciates.”