GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It’s not something you see every day in Grand Rapids: A 40-foot long RV customized for breastfeeding moms stopped downtown Monday.
It’s called the “Breast Express,” and it’s inspired by one mother’s journey to support others.
After Amy VanHaren had her second child, her career frequently took her to the West Coast, far away from her East Coast family.
It was that isolating time of pumping breast milk and sending it back to her baby that inspired her to create pumpspotting.
Pumpspotting is an online place and app for breastfeeding moms who are often relegated to nurse or pump in bathrooms, on park benches, in airport hallways or corporate offices. It allows them to connect, share advice and support each other.
Breast Express is a way for VanHaren to take pumpspotting’s conversation on the road.
“(It’s) a place for moms to come if they needed to nurse and pump, connect to other moms. To get advice from lactation consultants, (and) to really bring awareness to breastfeeding support,” said VanHaren.
The Breast Express stopped outside the Lyon Street law offices of Warner Norcross + Judd Monday. The RV will be back in Grand Rapids at Rosa Parks Circle Thursday during the lunch hour.