This Baby Went Global

A couple of weeks ago, we put out a survey about pumping at work. We had hoped to reach 100 mothers. But what happened was astonishing. In just 6 days, we got 800 responses. (If you were one of those participants, thanks so much for taking the time to do that, by the way.)

More than 900 women around the world have responded, sharing their insights, struggles, and ideas. We’ve crunched the numbers, and we’d love to share some of the fascinating things we’ve found.

Moms of the World Unite! (This baby went global)

Apparently pumping knows no boundaries. Mamas from all over the world chimed in on this one. Here are all the countries represented in the survey, ranked by frequency of responses.

We took all the responses from the 900+ completed surveys and did a word analysis to see if we could uncover any common themes. 

Survey participants by geography. 

Survey participants by geography. 

 

Space and Time

We found that the most frequently mentioned words (after prepositions and conjunctions, of course) revealed some big insights about the universal challenges of pumping for working mamas. The number one thing pumping professional women across the world struggle with is access to the physical space, time and privacy to pump.

Bonding

The second big theme that emerged was the bond and the closeness working mamas felt with their babies. Mothers that responded to this survey almost unanimously talked about the special bond and the closeness they felt feeding their little one.

What's Next

While we can’t wave a magic wand and instantly solve all these challenges in workplaces around the world, we do think that there’s comfort and power in collectively identifying and communicating about them.

It’s all too easy to feel alone—like you’re the only one in the world dealing with the unique challenges of being a working mom. Coming together to share our experiences gives us both a sense of community and, vitally, the chance to use our collective wisdom to transform some of the common struggles we all face.

With that in mind, we’ve created a second survey about the struggles and joys of motherhood. We want to hear from you about what's really hard and what's going pretty well. We promise to share what we learn, and to use our findings to create more resources for working moms everywhere to advocate for our needs in the workplace.

It takes a village to raise a child. Thanks for being a part of our village. ❤️

Kristen Womack