With the goal of expanding race-running opportunities for mothers who are breastfeeding, a group called &Mother, a nonprofit dedicated to breaking the barriers that limit a woman’s choice to pursue both career and motherhood and Mamava, the category creator of freestanding lactation pods, have entered into an expanded partnership that will provide designated lactation spaces at a dozen major road races and their expos across the country this year. The &Mother and Mamava collaboration builds on their support at 2022 running races, including the TCS New York City Marathon and the Allyson Felix Race for Change, and kicked off 2023 with the 13th Annual She.is.Beautiful Santa Cruz 5K & 10K and the United Airlines NYC Half in March.
Mamava lactation suites, or pods, are freestanding spaces that provide a dignified, comfortable and private option to breastfeed or pump. The pods are accessed through the Mamava app, which guides users to a pod’s location and provides secure keyless entry. Mamava pods help organizations – from airports and stadiums, schools and private businesses – to come into compliance with lactation space legislation and support breastfeeding parents. Mamava also donates pop-up inflatable pods to support pumping parents at conferences and events, celebrating the idea that breastfeeding and pumping happen everywhere.
“We are so excited to continue our partnership with Mamava, a women-founded company that has changed the game for breastfeeding and pumping parents on the go for work or for fun,” says Alysia Montaño, founder and CEO of &Mother. “We are thrilled that we will continue to make an impact together on creating supportive spaces for athlete-parents at all levels.”
“Thanks to partners like &Mother who share in our purpose of celebrating and supporting breastfeeding, we’re closer to creating a future where there is a dignified space to pump or nurse anywhere a parent may go—including at races,” adds Sascha Mayer, co-founder and chief experience officer of Mamava.
&Mother is dedicated to breaking the barriers that limit a woman’s choice to pursue and thrive in both career and motherhood. We envision a healthy and productive society where everyone prospers because of the contributions of women and mothers; where the value of mothers in the workforce is intrinsic and motherhood is not a limiting factor in how women succeed professionally and personally. &Mother focuses on removing systemic barriers to allow full participation and success for mothers in sports, demonstrating a supportive and enabling path for all mothers in all industries.
Mamava is dedicated to transforming the culture of breastfeeding. The category creator of freestanding lactation pods, Mamava provides breastfeeding parents with private, dignified, and comfortable spaces to pump or nurse—at work and on the go. The free Mamava app helps breastfeeding parents find thousands of lactation spaces and unlock Mamava pods (available for iOS and Android). Women-founded and a proud B Corp, Mamava designs, engineers, and assembles lactation pods at their manufacturing facilities in Vermont. Founded in 2013, Mamava has delivered thousands of lactation spaces to organizations that span airports, hospitals, stadiums, schools, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies.