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New Moms’ Healthy Returns offers a customizable,
single-source solution from Medela and Mamava, designed

to make it easier for you to support your employees when

they return to work after baby.

We know that you’re pumping in bathrooms, storage closets, borrowed offices, and empty conference rooms.

 

We know about that day you left your breast pump at home. Thank goodness for Emily and her big blue scarf. Wouldn’t it be easier if you had a pump you could leave at work? Wouldn’t it be better if traveling for your job didn’t mean carrying your breast milk in a cooler all the way from San Francisco to Boston, relying on the kindness of airport bartenders to replenish you with fresh ice to keep the goods cold?

 

You love your baby—and want to be the best employee you can be. But managing this balance without the right support can suck you dry.

 

                                         That’s why we created a solution that helps employers take the stress out of coming back to work after baby—by offering full-circle support for moms. We’re talking about the best breast pumps, dignified lactation spaces, 24/7 virtual support, and milk shipping. But we need you to help us spread the word, so we’ve provided this tool kit to make it easy.

 

Together we can make returning to work as a new mom easier. Let’s change the culture of breastfeeding and pumping at work. Together.

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires break time and a private lactation space for non-exempt breastfeeding employees. Many states and cities have additional lactation accommodation laws.

 

 

Check your employee policies to understand what, if any, support your workplace offers new moms and breastfeeding parents. You may be well supported. If not, proceed to Step 3.

 

 

 

Requesting lactation accommodations can feel uncomfortable—here is a template you might use:

Dear [HR or Benefits Director],

 

I plan to breastfeed [I am a breastfeeding mother]. It’s important to be the most effective employee—and the best mother—I can be. For me, that means breastfeeding my baby, which requires pumping breast milk when I’m at work.

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months and breastfeeding for a year or longer.

 

To meet my goals, I’ll [I] need to pump breast milk every three to four hours. At minimum, a pumping space needs to have a locking door, a place to sit, a plug for a pump—and be available when I need it.

 

I understand that supporting breastfeeding mothers can be complicated, so I wanted to let you know about New Moms’ Healthy Returns, a program from Medela and Mamava that makes it easier for companies to provide the spaces and services new moms need. You can learn more about this program at NewMomsHealthyReturns.com.

 

Thank you for considering my needs. Please reach out with any questions.

Mamava and Medela wordmarks and logos are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. New Moms’ Healthy Returns is a trademark of

Medela.

 

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