We love nothing more than seeing mamas celebrating one another. So it’s no surprise that we got All The Feels when The Wing co-founder and CEO Audrey Gelman recently shared a moment of mama-to-mama encouragement.
Audrey, who welcomed her baby boy Sidney Allen 10 weeks ago, needed to pump while traveling. Thankfully, NYC’s LaGuardia Airport is home to Mamava pods, freestanding lactation pods for moms at work and on the go.
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Audrey Gelman Shares Messages of Encouragement to Moms She Discovered in an Airport Lactation Room
What she didn’t expect to find inside was a special place of love and encouragement.
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The new mama shared the special moment on her Instagram account, highlighting sticky notes featuring messages like, “What you are doing is beyond amazing!” and “You are literally sustaining life with your incredible milk. Superhero-type stuff!”
“Just walked into one of those airport lactation pods in LaGuardia and found it was covered with post-it messages from other moms,” she said in one caption.
“All of a sudden I felt flooded — the intensity of new motherhood, the stress of running a business I never thought would grow this fast — and the pressure I put on myself to do it all perfectly,” shared Audrey.
“The notes were sappy but they were the only things I needed to read in that moment. ‘You are enough,’ ‘It gets better,’ ‘Feel proud of yourself for what you’ve created.’ Those simple messages of encouragement and the recognition that so many have been through this before made me feel less alone,” she continued.
“The gratitude these women expressed for having a pod — a little, modest pod — in the sea of commerce and throngs of business travelers made me remember why I care so much about what I’ve created, and why it’s so important women have spaces to contain all this s— we do and feel in our lives that no one ever sees.”
Katie Nave is a freelance writer, producer, and mama living in Brooklyn, New York. Driven by her passion for storytelling, she is always seeking opportunities to elevate people who are working to better the world around them.