Lactation education

Startup expands to Austin with breastfeeding suites for working moms

Houston-based Work & Mother Services LLC is embarking on a nationwide expansion of its lactation suite network.

Work & Mother already operates two locations in downtown Houston and is preparing to open locations at Four Oaks Place in Houston and Eastlake to Tillery in Austin. Beyond this growth, the company aims to expand into metropolitan areas such as Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.

Work & Mother tapped Abby Alford and Lucian Bukowski of commercial real estate services firm CBRE Group Inc. to find space in growing markets.

Work & Mother’s nursing suites include 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, for breastfeeding mothers.

“Most employers have a legal obligation to provide suitable space for nursing mothers, but pumping at work has always been incredibly difficult, with office solutions and multi-purpose wellness rooms often failing mums and contribute to high turnover rates around the maternity ward. Many employers don’t even realize they have a problem until it’s too late,” Donnel Abbeyfounder and CEO of Work & Mother, says in a CBRE press release.

“We look forward to supporting the return to work of more new mothers and to providing the real estate services that office tenants and landlords need in a post-pandemic world to promote well-being, flexibility and inclusion in the workplace,” adds Donnell.

A Work & Mother suite is an amenity shared by tenants of an office building. The company says its suites help employers comply with federal labor laws, reduce HR risks and retain female employees.

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