FIRST THOUGHT: The Mother Load
Parenting has come a long way. In the late 19th century, mothers were instructed to toilet train their 2-month-old babies. By the turn of the century, it was advised to lather your baby up in butter or lard, like a Thanksgiving turkey!
Regardless of these wacky anecdotes from yesteryear, one thing is certain: Parents are superheroes, plain and simple. They put the needs of their children before their own, all while juggling about a million other things.
If you’re a mother, today’s On the Dot celebrates you. Keep on trucking, Mama!
WOMEN IN NUMBERS: 70 Percent
It comes as no surprise that in 2016, most mothers work, whether it’s freelancing at home or holding down a traditional 9-to-5 job. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 70 percent of women with children younger than 18 are a part of the labor force. And 44.7 percent of those mothers hold managerial positions or other professional jobs that require travel away from home.
What that means is women are often taken away from our children to handle other responsibilities and goals. And sure, it’s hard, but we can totally handle it.
WOMAN TO WATCH: Kate Torgersen, Founder of Milk Stork
During college, I took a weekend biology field trip. One of my classmates was a new mom and had to coordinate when to pump and how to store her breast milk in the rural Midwest. I thought: How does she do all that and never miss this class?
Moms don’t throw away their passports or donate their suitcases when they have kids. But for some reason, no one has really addressed the issue of how working moms can still breastfeed while fitting in all those other life tasks. Until now, that is. Kate Torgersen, the founder of Milk Stork, has worked for Clif Bar & Company since 1998, and like many of us, she’s a working mom.
For those traveling working mamas, Kate offers a real solution to an age-old problem. How do moms keep providing breast milk to their kids? And since moms usually have to pump every three to four hours or lessen their milk supply, how do they make sure they are consistently pumping?
When Kate was readying for a four-day business trip, leaving her 7-month-old twins behind, she considered these concerns and weighed her options. She could bring a couple gallons of breast milk home with her on the plane. (Yeah, right!) She could ship it, but that scenario was super complicated. So, she decided to make it less complicated, and the day she was leaving for her trip, Milk Stork was born.
Milk Stork is the first and only breast-milk delivery service. Here’s how it works: Moms activate the cooling unit in the pharmaceutical-grade cooler Milk Stork provides and can pack a day’s supply of breast milk (as much as 34 ounces) to be shipped overnight through FedEx. The milk can be shipped across the country, across the state or shipped to Baby at home.
Breastfeeding, Kate notes, is an emotional adventure full of logistical challenges and even more rewarding moments. With Milk Stork, her goal is to make that adventure a little bit easier to navigate.
Kate has a keen understanding that necessity is the mother of invention. And by employing her creativity and real-world, problem-solving skills, she has created a remarkably smart business that is bound to take some pressure off working moms everywhere.
QUITE THE QUOTE
Actress Tina Fey sure was right when she said:
“I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible. Oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.”
That’s all for now. Be sure to share this so more women can have a voice! Thanks for getting ready with us.