No mother should feel forced to choose between her career and how she feeds her baby.

Although only 2% of women plan to leave the workforce to focus on family, nearly 43% of new moms actually leave their jobs within

three months of childbirth.

More and more women are looking for companies who provide benefits that support their choice to both parent and work. In fact, 82% of female employees said they would choose additional benefits over a pay raise.

That’s why we created New Moms’ Healthy Returns™—a customizable, single-source solution from Medela and Mamava that offers the benefits you need to support your working parents.






With New Moms’ Healthy Returns, your employees get the support they need to successfully balance their career with breastfeeding and a growing family. You get a competitive advantage by providing a supportive, family-friendly environment that attracts and retains employees.

In fact, employees whose companies provide breastfeeding support consistently report improved morale, better satisfaction with their jobs, and higher productivity.


1-day absences for moms of breastfed babies vs. moms of formula fed babies


Breastfeeding support is good for families and for business.

Lactation support is critical to Diversity and Inclusion efforts.


We know employers are under pressure to retain valuable talent, invest in a diverse workforce, and offer a culture of inclusion for all. Supporting women when they become mothers is a key part of achieving those goals. Our New Moms’ Healthy Returns program helps HR professionals and managers solve the problem of attracting and retaining women, and advance their corporate reputation as an employer-of-choice for working women and parents.

1. McKinsey and Company, Women in the Workforce, 2017

2. Berry et al, CDC, Beckers, Harvard

3. Glassdoor Employment Confidence Survey, Q3 2015

4. The Business Case for Breastfeeding, Department of Health and Human Services, 2008

5. Comparison of maternal absenteeism and infant illness rates among breast-feeding and formula-feeding women in two corporations." American Journal of Health Promotion 10.2 (1995): 148-153.)

New moms need better support

Today, there are more moms than ever in the workforce. But many new moms who want to continue providing breast milk to their babies feel they’re not getting the right support and products to meet their needs when they return to work. As a result, they are unable to meet their breast milk feeding goals and may leave their jobs after giving birth. 


Employers are under pressure to retain valuable talent while managing or reducing costs. But providing a seamless, supportive experience that helps moms go back to work and feed with breast milk longer can be a challenge.


of the labor force is comprised of women
of mothers work
outside the home
of babies begin their lives receiving breast milk, but this drops dramatically when moms return to work
of women leave the workforce within 3 months of childbirth





Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

CDC. 2018


Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Berry, et al. CDC. Becker’s, Harvard. 

Introducing our customizable solution that supports working parents, helping employers attract and retain talent.

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Employers struggle with fragmented, confusing and complicated benefit options.

New Moms' Healthy Returns can help.

Dozens of vendors

Lactation support driven by health plan case management

No support built into the intranet

Back-to-work focus on leave and child care

Low engagement in health risk assessment and wellness programs

Fragmented support

Issues with finding breast pump provider

Need for milk shipping

Access to pumps varies by benefit design and plan

Lack of portable solution for open workspaces

No early education

Inconsistent room design and access

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For Parents

What products are available through New Moms’ Healthy Returns?

There are five key pillars in the program. You can choose the full suite or just what you need to complete your current breastfeeding offering. We’ll work with you to choose what’s best for your organization based on the number of employees you have and how many locations you have. Here are the five pillars:

  • Top-of-the-line Medela products: hospital-grade Symphony® pumps and lactation essentials to make pumping at work faster and easier.

  • Easy-to-place Mamava suites to pump in: a plug-and-play space solution that gives moms the comfortable space they deserve.

  • 24/7 Virtual Support from pregnancy through baby’s first year: in-the-moment access to experts, including pediatric nurses and lactation consultants, to give mom peace-of-mind as she navigates pregnancy and breastfeeding transitions.

  • Trusted Educational Resources: a celebratory gift box, customizable employee communications, and educational resources including Medela’s Breastfeeding University, to help parents feel supported and empowered in their journey.

  • Breast milk shipping for traveling employees: get moms where they need to be without having to worry about how they can feed their baby while on the road.

How will my company benefit from the program?

The benefits of supporting lactation in the workplace are significant, and include potential reduction in medical costs due the health benefits of breast milk. Breast-fed babies have 50-70% fewer occurrences of common childhood illnesses such as ear infections, respiratory infections, and gastroenteritis. And because these children are often healthier, their parents miss work less often – in fact, moms of breast-fed babies have 50% fewer one-day absences compared to formula-fed babies. Additionally, the retention rate of employees at companies who provide lactation support programs is much higher than without; research found a 94% retention rate at companies offering lactation programs, compared to the national average of 59%.

Employers today are often under pressure to attract and retain valuable female talent, and to provide a supportive family-friendly culture that helps new moms return to work. Our customizable, single-source solution is specifically designed to make it easy for you to give your employees the support they need to successfully balance their career with breastfeeding and a growing family.

You get an easy, measurable way to show your commitment to working moms – and a competitive advantage by providing a supportive environment that helps attract and retain employees.

What is the cost of the program?

Our program costs vary depending upon the products and services implemented, the amount of equipment purchased, and the number of employees who become pregnant and enroll. We charge standard rates for products purchased for use in the workplace (e.g., pumps and supplies), and a per-case rate for services, so clients only pay for what they use.

Additionally, our pricing model is different from most wellbeing and family support vendors. We price using a case-rate or usage-based model, so the employer only pays for the products and services that are used. This pricing model allows for greater cost control and optimization of the organization’s spending.

Contact us today to get a free quote!


For Parents

My company doesn’t have this program yet. How can I share information about it?

Thank you for your interest in New Moms’ Healthy Returns. On the web page (, select “For Parents” tab in the top right navigation bar. There you will find a resource that includes a letter and information about New Moms’ Healthy Returns that you can share with your employer.

What is my employer required to provide in terms of breastfeeding breaks and space?

This varies by state and company size. To find the breastfeeding laws in your area, visit Mamava’s state-by-state guide to breastfeeding legislation.

Will my employer or insurance company have access to the information I enter in the app? How will my privacy be protected?

Using the 24/7 Virtual Support service powered by Pacify is a personal experience, and your consultations with experts are private. You can choose whether or not to share aggregate data about your interactions with your company (so they can understand program usage). You will be asked to create a Pacify account to use the service. Pacify meets all Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards.