Support Communities are Super Important!
By Sarah Wells, CEO & Founder Sarah Wells Breast Pump Bags
The first year of motherhood is, without a doubt, thrilling and all-consuming. If you’re nursing and/or pumping, it can be hard to balance time, self-care, and more. While trying to figure out life with a newborn and embarking on your breastfeeding journey, one thing is clear: you need support. Support can take many forms – a partner, family, friends, lactation group, hospital meetings, new mom group or an online community.
Here at Sarah Wells Bags, I have learned that online communities play a huge role in helping mamas has been a great resource for mamas to reach their breastfeeding goals. Creating a community of mamas is also the center of my company mission.
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Recently, I launched our “Very Important Pumpers” (VIPs) group on Facebook, where I can connect with customers, but most importantly, where moms can find other moms for support. Through this amazing community, I have watched mamas share tips about traveling for work while pumping and sharing photos from all the lactation rooms in every city. On hard days, I see our VIP mamas reach out with the most inspiring words of encouragement to other breastfeeding mamas.
Once again, I’m so pleased to support KellyMom.com, one of my own go-to breastfeeding resources and a frequent source of education and inspiration for the mamas in our online community. For our partnership this month, I asked mamas, what are your best tips for starting out on a breastfeeding journey?
“Always having milk storage bags on hand in case you forget a bottle lid!” (Lexi C.)
“Just take it one day at a time.” (Brooke H.)
“Get yourself a hands-free pumping bra!” (Becky M.)
“Advocate for yourself while providing education for those around you if you are a working mama!” (Hannah M.)
“Celebrate each small milestone and make sure to treat yourself!” (Laura D.)
Mom support groups can provide advice and encouragement, and sometimes even a bit of humor. Finding support is a key part of a successful breastfeeding journey; and here at Sarah Wells Bags, I like to say: No matter how long your journey lasts, no matter what it looks like, you got this mama!
Sarah Wells is offering a special discount for KellyMom readers:
10% off breast pump bags and accessories* on sarahwellsbags.com using the code KELLYMOM10 at checkout June 1 – June 30, 2019 at 11:59pm ET. (*Some exclusions may apply.)
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About Sarah Wells Breast Pump Bags:
After the birth of her daughter, Sarah had her entrepreneurial “light bulb moment” and launched Sarah Wells Breast Pump Bags, based on a stylish and functional designer handbag that replaces the frustrating tradition of carrying a cheap vinyl breast pump bag or five separate bags for all a mama’s “stuff”. Since that time, Sarah’s business has grown by leaps and bounds, while she speaks with women from across the country about the blessing and challenges of motherhood. Sarah is a mom, an entrepreneur and a women’s health advocate. Prior to starting her business, she spent 15 years running national nonprofit organizations committed to achieving quality healthcare for Americans, with a personal passion to improve policies for girls and women.
Sarah Wells offers handbags that fit all portable (and some hospital grade) breast pumps on the market, in a wide variety of styles, colors and prices. She also designed the popular “Pumparoo” pouch for breast pump parts (wet/dry bag), and the “Cold Gold” breastmilk cooler bag. Join the Sarah Wells Very Important Pumper (VIP) online community of mamas here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SarahWellsVIP/.