#ThisisPumping

Breast Pump Stories
by Motif Medical

A photo series on nursing moms as they transition back to work and daily life.

The month of August is recognized as National Breastfeeding Month. #NBM19 is an opportunity to promote breastfeeding and pumping, support families with education and resources and open a dialogue on policy and practice changes. This year’s theme is ‘Support Changes Everything.’

Recently, Motif Medical chronicled moms in a photo series on breast pumping and nursing, and the challenges and rewards their ‘new normal’ brings.

In our first two stories, we follow Kristy and Sonia as they go back to the workplace and enlist the support of their communities and partners in the process.

Sonia, MotherLove coordinator at the YWCA

Sonia

Follow the journey of a first-time mom and her work in the MotherLove program.

Kristy, mother of two and clinical psychologist

Kristy

Learn more about the experiences of a second-time mom and the new developments in breast pumping culture and technology.

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sonia, a motif mom

Sonia

Follow the journey of a first-time mom and her work in the MotherLove program.

Click Here to Read Sonia’s Story
Kristy, a motif mom

Kristy

Learn more about the experiences of a second-time mom and the new developments in breast pumping culture and technology.

Click Here to Read Kristy’s Story

The Motif Manifesto

We believe in workplaces providing a designated, comfortable area to pump or nurse. This shouldn’t be a closet, stall, or makeshift afterthought. It should be private and peaceful.

We believe each woman’s pumping and nursing sessions are different. A standard work break may not be enough time, or the right time, to pump. We believe in employers collaborating with mothers on flexible break times throughout the work day, even for businesses that aren’t protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

We believe in a period of paid parental leave for the birth of an employee’s child or the placement of a child with the employee in connection with adoption or foster care.

We believe women from every socioeconomic background should have access to a high quality, efficient pump that has a closed system, is easy to transport, and works well under pressure.

We believe Medicaid should cover access to an electric breast pump across the board and not just in certain states.

We believe there is no gold standard when it comes to milk supply. Depending on a variety of biological, environmental, and social factors, breastmilk output is circumstantial. Moms should never feel shamed about their supply as they work to bond and feed their baby.

We believe a woman breastfeeding should be embraced by her community. This means designated nursing spaces, the availability of breastfeeding and pumping classes, the presence of support groups, and citywide political and social conversations around breastfeeding initiatives and support.

We believe it is essential for partners and spouses to offer support feeding. Breast pumps provide an avenue to get partners, relatives, and friends involved and give the mom the time to recharge, work, and redefine her new normal.

We believe classes in lactation are not enough. We believe in postpartum mental health services that support mom in her new schedule, bodily changes, lack of sleep and first-time emotions.

Ultimately, we believe in a woman’s strength to choose what is best for her and her baby. This includes feeding, childcare, and her career.

We believe shame has to end for a conversation to begin.

We believe support changes everything.