February 9th, 2013 • Comments: 0 • by Wendy • Media & MarketingPumpingWarm & Fuzzy

Updated: Pump Across America

UPDATE: WE'RE MAKING IT EVEN EASIER!
(Updated February 9, 2014)

If you're more comfortable with a simple selfie than a shot of pumping in action... that works, too!  All we need is a shot of you by yourself, with your babe, showing off your pumping setup, or anything else that makes you feel like a powerful pumping mama.  Our goal is simply to create a video montage of 50 moms (one from each state in the USA) celebrating pumping with a candid photo.  Text on screen will indicate your name, state, and how many months you pumped or if you're still pumping, how many months you've pumped "so far". 

Photos can be submitted via our Facebook wall (www.facebook.com/snugabell) or by emailing PAA@westfreelance.com.

Pump Across America!

Be sure to check out Facebook for updated maps* to see if we're still hunting for a mom from YOUR state.  We hope we'll hear from you soon!
*Pink-filled states indicate we've already found a mama for that area.

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Guess what, Pumpin’ Mamas? Snugabell needs your help!

A little while ago, we set out to create a video that would help tell the story of PumpEase -- our hands-free pumping bra that for years has helped countless moms take back their pumping time by letting us spend less time holding flanges and more time doing, well... whatever! From holding babies to checking email to catching up on reading, moms from all over have told us about how PumpEase has freed them up to do all kinds of things while they pump.

Well it occurred to us at Snugabell that the best way to tell our story was actually to tell your story. That’s why we’re creating Pump Across America. We want to collect pictures of pumping moms from coast-to-coast, showing real PumpEase customers pumping in style and doing their thing (with both hands off the flanges!). We want to represent pumpers from every state, showing their pumping pride and sending a message to moms everywhere that shows how empowering, practical, and even fun pumping can be.

So we’re asking that you send us your pumping selfies -- candid shots of you doing your thing with the help of your PumpEase. You can be playing with your little one or playing with your computer. You can be reading a book or knitting a sweater. You can be smiling with pumpin’ confidence, or just giving the camera that “Oh yes I can!” look that shows just how powerful a pumping mom can be.

(Heather gets the idea.)

(Heather gets the idea.)

Your photos don’t have to be super-high resolution (a decent camera phone will do the trick). If we were looking for polished and shiny, we’d use models and a photographer. But we’d rather have REAL moms give us a glimpse into their REAL lives. Then we want to share it with the world.

So what do you say, ladies? Will you help us tell the story of Pumpin’ Mamas across the country? All you have to do is snap a photo and drop it on our Facebook wall or send it to us via email -- we’ll take it from there. When we compile the photo montage for our video, we’ll share only your first name and home state or province. That’s all there is to it!

November 16th, 2011 • Comments: 0 • by Jen • Pumping

Pumping While Shopping at Target with Jen from Life with Levi

Pumping While Shopping with Jen from Life with Levi

You remember Jen - she is the lovely mama that began as one of our wonderful PumpEase customers and shortly thereafter evolved into a true PumpEase Ambassador of her own accord. Jen first shared with us, the story of her bumpy road to exclusively pumping and pumping in public (PIP) on Black Friday and now with this post, she shows us how she pumps while shopping at Target while wearing Heelys. (Thanks Jen, now I want a pair of Heelys too...)

This post is the sixth of TEN in the "What Can You Do While Pumping" video series. Please check back regularly to see where Jen sets up the horns next!

Like Jen mentions in her post, it is hard to believe we started this video series almost a year ago with her Black Friday video. I'll admit that before meeting Jen, I didn't really consider that someone could use PumpEase in public. I can't tell you HOW MANY times I've wished I could go back to that moment on the Dragons' Den set and tell Jim Treliving, "YES, she could pump while driving/riding her bike/mowing the lawn...." I admire Jen for being creative, open-minded and tenacious. A life approach that will surely present her with many amazing opportunities. And now I can't wait to see where "we" go pumping next!

How long did you pump for before you hung up the horns? Did you have a pumping goal? If so, did you meet or exceed it? Drop a note with your pumping "bio" below.

Aside from working full-time, attending night school and being a wife and mom 24/7, Jen blogs over at Life With Levi. You can also catch-up with her on Twitter and Facebook. Be nice now and go say "Hi!".

{Photo credit: Jen / Life with Levi}

November 9th, 2011 • Comments: 0 • by Wendy • PumpingWarm & Fuzzy

The Jazz Singer and Her PumpEase

Last week I received the following email. After reading it, I realized it was written by a customer who had recently purchased a PumpEase from our website and who had also just received our November newsletter that touched on Prematurity Awareness Month. I also realized it was from a fellow Canadian (yay) and that she was a little bit famous (yippee). As always, I felt extremely honoured that one of our products helped a mom reach her personal breastfeeding goals (jumping up and down with glee).

"I don't think I already wrote to you guys, but I just wanted to say a big thank you, in light of Prematurity Awareness Month.

Whitney's preemie baby

My son was born 10 weeks early when he arrived on April 26th of this year. I was hurled into a scary and foreign experience, which included pumping 10 times a day while he spent some time in hospital growing and getting stronger.

I was so clueless about it all, having not had time to properly research and read about breastfeeding - let alone birth - and so everything was a big hurdle.

Pumping was hard and discouraging at the start, but I was determined, knowing that it was the only thing in my power that I could do to help my son. So with cracked and throbbing nipples, I soldiered on.

Whitney's son at 10 weeks

One day, one of the other NICU moms was sitting in our pump room at the hospital casually reading a magazine and checking her email while she pumped. She was using a PumpEase - the one with the badass cherries on it. It was like a shaft of light shone down on her from the fluorescent bulbs above.

"What is THAT?!" I demanded, "and where can I get one?!"

I soon ordered my own online and I love it. It didn't change my life but it really made what was a very difficult time just a little bit easier, as in the 3+ hours I was spending pumping every day, I could keep in touch with my family, letting them know about my son's progress, I could read, have a glass of water... and I am so grateful. It was also nice to hear that it was made in Canada. Hooray!

I love functional, yet beautiful design. I really think you should let all the lactation consultants in Canadian hospitals know about them, PumpEase is awesome and certainly makes something difficult and trying a lot less frustrating.

Thanks again,

Whitney Ross-Barris
www.whitneyrb.com"

Cool huh? Ya, I thought so too. And yes Whitney, we WILL be sure to let all Canadian LC's know about PumpEase - working on that right now in fact. :-)

Please be sure and follow the link to Whitney's website to take in a few sultry notes of her eclectic voice. OBVIOUSLY this email made my day. What made YOUR day today? Tell me about it down there .

{Photo credit: Whitney Ross-Barris}

October 16th, 2011 • Comments: 0 • by Jen • Pumping

Pumping While Raking Leaves with Jen from Life with Levi

Jen from Life with Levi pumping while raking the leaves!

You remember Jen - she is the lovely mama that began as one of our wonderful PumpEase customers and shortly thereafter evolved into a true PumpEase Ambassador of her own accord. Jen first sharedwith us, the story of her bumpy road to exclusively pumping and pumping in public (PIP) on Black Friday and now with this post, she shows us how she pumps while raking leaves. You GO girl!

This post is the fifth of TEN in the "What Can You Do While Pumping" video series. Please check back regularly to see where Jen sets up the horns next!

When Jen finally leaked this "pumping while" video and I saw that it was raking leaves, I must admit I was a bit melancholy. You see, we kinda got ripped-off this summer up here in Vancouver, Canada and I've been in denial about it being fall. I looked outside at the leaves on my lawn and reality bit me in the behind. And yes, I realize that this has nothing to do with pumping or breastfeeding. <sigh> I think I need to go book a flight to Mexico or something.

By the way, you can follow Jen on Twitter and "like" her on Facebook if you'd like to catch-up with her one-on-one.

Have you been inspired by Jen to pump in places that you may never have considered previously? Please tell us about it below...

{Photo credit: Jen / Life with Levi}

July 29th, 2011 • Comments: 0 • by Jen • Pumping

Pumping While Mowing the Lawn with Jen from Live with Levi

You remember Jen - she is the lovely mama that began as one of our wonderful PumpEase customers and shortly thereafter evolved into a true PumpEase Ambassador of her own accord. Jen first shared with us, the story of her bumpy road to exclusively pumping and pumping in public (PIP) on Black Friday and now with this post, she shows us how she pumps while mowing the lawn. You GO girl!

Jen from Life with Levi pumping while mowing the lawn!

This post is the fourth of TEN in the "What Can You Do While Pumping" video series. Please check back regularly to see where Jen sets up the horns next!

I especially like this "pumping while" video because it combines several tasks: pumping (a must do) with mowing the lawn (another must do), getting some exercise (bonus #1) AND absorbing some Vitamin D (bonus #2). I guess you could even get a bit of a tan! Jen, I hope you wore sunscreen. You may want to add that to your "steps" (I'm the sunscreen police in my house).

I also like the fact that Jen is wearing her PumpEase solo today (no nursing bra underneath). Although PumpEase isn't meant to be a standalone bra, you can see that it does support your breasts to a certain extent. I find that different moms like different levels of support, so it is really personal preference on whether to wear it solo or not.

Thanks Jason and Levi for your help with Jen's latest adventure!

By the way, you can follow Jen on Twitter and "like" her on Facebook if you'd like to catch-up with her one-on-one.

So, would you pump while mowing the lawn? Do you think your neighbours would even know what you are doing (I'm thinking no). Chime in below.

{Photo credit: Jen / Life with Levi}