Twitter joins the ranks of tech companies, like Facebook, Google and Netflix, offering amazing benefits to working mothers, with breast milk delivery service.
For many breastfeeding moms, business trips end up being a huge hassle. First, you have to lug around a breast pump and all the accessories, then find a time and place in between meetings to pump. And to top if off, you're forced to dump out that precious liquid gold because it'll just spoil. Not anymore, at least not for new moms working at Twitter.
Earlier this year, the tech giant quietly tested a new program giving a few female salespeople traveling on business a way to ship their breast milk home, so it didn't go to waste. According to Fast Company, the nine initial participants sent their milk home via FedEx, and going forward moms can either take cold-shipping materials along with them or have the packing containers shipped directly to their hotels for ease.
The idea of shipping breast milk isn't new: IBM and consulting firms Accenture and EY all offer similar options for new moms. These programs—along with Netflix's new unlimited parental leave policy—shows that yes, some companies are working to change the game for moms used to getting little-to-no breaks.
It's a trend that we hope continues, since women make up 47% of the U.S. workforce and the tech industry has some catching up to do when it comes to gender equality—only 34 percent of Twitter's employee base is women, according to recent company data.
"I don't know how pervasive this will be," Twitter's Janet Van Huysse told Fast Company, of the milk shipment program, "but it's one of those things: Why isn't everyone doing this?"
We couldn't agree more.
Are you taking notes, Amazon? This is how you treat new moms on your payroll.