Editorial Note: As a mother to preemies and a longtime supporter of breast feeding, I cannot express the high-five cool of this support program for mothers, for fathers and for families. Delivering a substance that is arguably liquid gold is a gift that I dreamed of while we were still in our nursing days so proud of Nissan and Milk Stork. Check out the details below.
Balancing the pressures of modern motherhood can be daunting for any mother. In a very cool move, Nissan has partnered with Milk Stork to deliver breast milk for mothers that travel for work. Through a newly offered breast milk shipping program, Nissan covers all expenses of shipping nursing mothers’ breast milk home when they are traveling for business.
How it works: Milk Stork, the only breast milk shipping company in the U.S., sends packing materials and a pharmaceutical-grade cooler ahead of time so supplies are available to the nursing mother when she arrives at her destination. The cooler contains an internal mechanism that, once activated, keeps its contents chilled for up to 72 hours. Once ready to ship, the employee simply drops the cooler off at the hotel front desk or any FedEx shipping location to be overnighted to their baby.
“New moms returning to work have an added stress of managing their work-life balance,” said Michelle Baron, vice president, Human Resources, Nissan North America. “The breast milk shipping program allows Nissan to support mothers in this stage of life and alleviate some of their worries.”
Supporting working mothers is the right thing to do, and also valuable for the company. Benefits like mother’s milk shipping help us continue to recruit, retain and motivate,” added Baron.
Mother’s milk shipping is only one of the latest initiatives Nissan North America has introduced as part of its commitment to working parents. Others include:
- More comfortable and functional mothers’ pumping rooms, with mirrors to ensure clothes are back on properly, and magnetic white boards to display baby pictures.
- Expectant mother parking passes, allowing pregnant employees to park directly in front of the headquarters entrance.
- “Welcome back kits” for new parents, including information on building resources and contact information of other parents who are willing to mentor or connect with new parents.
- Flexible work schedule options, with the option to work from home using virtual office.
- Expecting parents enrolled in Nissan’s Healthy Maternity Management Program are eligible to receive money toward the purchase of a car seat and a free breast pump.
The Nissan Group employs about 22,500 people throughout the U.S. and Canada, including major operations in Arizona, California, Michigan, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Ontario, Canada.
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