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Milk Stork: New service helps business traveling moms

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Milk Stork today launched a groundbreaking service, currently in beta, that provides safe and easy, overnight, refrigerated shipping of breast milk from business traveling moms to their babies back home.

With delivery now available within the continental United States, Milk Stork is the first service of its kind, helping working moms maintain their commitment to breastfeeding while on the road and providing companies with an easy-to-implement, family-friendly benefit.

Through Milk Stork's mobile enabled website,www.milkstork.com, a mom can plan her breast milk delivery months in advance by indicating her travel dates and destination. Once she arrives at her hotel, a Milk Stork package will be waiting for her containing breast milk storage bags and postage-paid, pre-addressed, pharmaceutical-grade shipping coolers for each day that she is away. The coolers are easy to activate and hold up to 34 fluid ounces, providing safe, refrigerated, overnight shipping for approximately a day's supply of breast milk.

"Until now, breastfeeding moms have endured business trips by increasing their pumping sessions to create extra stashes of milk; pumping and dumping while away; and supplementing with formula — not to mention lugging heavy carry-ons filled with breast milk and trying to keep it cold while in transit," saidKate Torgersen, Milk Stork founder and CEO. "By sending milk home daily, breastfeeding moms can protect their milk supply, work and travel with ease, and enjoy peace of mind knowing their babies will continue to receive the benefits of breast milk even while they're gone."

As a working mom of three children under five years old, Torgersen created the idea for Milk Stork onMother's Day, 2014, as she prepared for a business trip. Committed to providing her newborn twins with breast milk while she was away, she realized there was no easy way to send her milk home.

Torgersen's challenges as a working, breastfeeding mom are not unique. There is a growing demand to improve the compatibility of breastfeeding and working. Breastfeeding rates in the U.S. continue to climb and the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that babies breastfeed until they are at least one year old. Today, 62 percent of women who have given birth in the last 12 months are in the labor force, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Milk Stork is committed to improving conditions for all breastfeeding moms. To celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness Month, Milk Stork will donate$5toLa Leche League U.S.A.for every order placed throughAug. 31.

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