MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.
Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms! Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.
Today’s featured MOMpreneur is…Priya Nembhard, co-founder of the Moms Pump Here app.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you launched the Moms Pump Here app…
I’m a serial entrepreneur who still believes I can change the world. Being a mom is probably one of the biggest reasons why I pursued entrepreneurship.
I want to leave a legacy for my children and be a role model for them, so they believe in their hearts that they too can change the world.
So my sons know what a strong, positive woman looks like and so my daughter has a template she can look up to. Although entrepreneurship is very much about taking risk, the biggest risk would be not risking it for them. Being an entrepreneur also means flexibility– to be present in their lives, to do homework, take them for mommy dates and be there for them when they need me.
What challenges did you face when starting your business?
My business partner, Kim Harrison, and I are both moms of 3. We both breastfed and breast pumped for our children.
Kim contacted me one day complaining about the horrible experience she had looking for a place to pump at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan, while attending a conference (I was living in Miami at the time). She had to resort to using a bathroom stall. We both thought that no mom should have to go through that.
No one would even think of eating in a bathroom, so why should moms have to nurse their children or prepare their food in one? So, we committed to finding a solution for moms like us and Moms Pump Here was born!
(Note: Kim has gone back every year since 2012, when we were founded, to the Javits Center and little by little, it has gotten better. Most recently they had a small dedicated space, not a 5 star arrangement, but someplace a mom could nurse or pump.)
What is unique about your app and why should MBMom readers download it ASAP?
We are the first online GPS resources for moms to find, rate and share places to breastfeed and breast pump. Created by moms for moms, Moms Pump Here app, provides moms with choices.
It’s a woman’s natural and federal right to breastfeed in public and private places anywhere she is allowed to be. With Moms Pump Here app, a mom can breastfeed in public or look for one of our locations. Additionally, she can also breast pump in private. All locations have a short review about what is available at each location or if nothing is available.
Using GPS, moms can search nursing room locations within a 200 mile radius of where they stand or in areas they may be traveling too. The locations include retail stores, sports complexes, airports, hospitals, universities and more.
In addition, they can also add a nursing room location via the app by submitting an image, details and contact information for the location. All new or submitted locations are vetted by our team through, research, calls and mom forums.
What exciting things are coming up for you and your business?
We are rolling out international locations such as Canada and Australia this fall. We will also be at the Expecting Parent and Baby Expo in New York in October and will be updating the App with new mommy friendly features in the near future.
What did you love most about living in South Florida?
I loved the weather, people and laid back lifestyle. Grateful for the experiences and the people I had the pleasure of working with. We lived in Miami for 8 years and moved to New York City following the death of my father to care for my mother. We anticipate moving back to Miami in a few years. My three children miss it tremendously and ask frequently when we are coming back.
Our earliest press came from South Florida (Miami Herald and Miami Community Newspaper)! And, I frequently travel back for my foundation.
Follow Moms Pump Here on Facebook HERE.
Visit their website: http://momspumphere.com/