Mommy's little helper
Female-founded startup expands to Austin with lactation suites for working moms
Houston-based Work & Mother Services LLC is embarking on a nationwide expansion of its network of lactation suites.
Work & Mother already operates two locations in downtown Houston and is preparing to open locations at Four Oaks Place in Houston and Eastlake at Tillery in Austin. Beyond that growth, the company aims to expand to metro areas like Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City.
Work & Mother has tapped Abby Alford and Lucian Bukowski of commercial real estate services company CBRE Group Inc. to find space in expansion markets.
Work & Mother’s lactation suites feature private rooms, hospital-grade pumps, and refrigeration and storage options. As part of its service, the company offers a booking app and support resources, such as lactation consultants and career coaches, to working mothers who are breastfeeding their babies.
“Most employers have a legal obligation to provide a proper space for nursing mothers, but pumping at work has always been incredibly difficult, with in-office solutions and multipurpose wellness rooms often failing moms and contributing to high turnover rates around motherhood. Many employers don’t even realize they have a problem until it’s too late,” Abbey Donnell, founder and CEO of Work & Mother, says in a CBRE news release.
“We look forward to supporting more new mothers’ return to work and providing the real estate services that office tenants and landlords need in a post-pandemic world to promote wellness, flexibility, and inclusion in the workplace,” Donnell adds.
A Work & Mother suite is an amenity shared by tenants of an office building. The company says its suites help employers adhere to federal labor laws, reduce HR risks, and retain female employees.