“I struggled with breastfeeding Premie Carter as a first-time mother. Not only was it tough to keep my supply up, there was added pressure on me to pump and freeze extra for when I returned back to work.

So I went back to work, and I got the flu when Cart needed my milk the most. I was in tears. #MomGuilt was weighing heavy on me. Anxiety killed every ounce of happiness that was left in me. (Sounds dramatic but that’s really how PPD feels like.)

At the time, I worked for a private mental health company that did not offer benefits. Having no Paid Sick Days as a first-time mother brought on so much uncertainty and anxiety, and I’m lucky to have the support of my husband when unexpected time-off is necessary.

That chapter of my career ended in 2020, which allowed me the time to focus on what I wanted the most – being my own boss.

As a small business owner, it’s even more important for me to have access to Paid Sick Days as a young mother of two energetic toddlers.”