pumping on the go!

For something so natural, nursing is damn complicated: the latch, the letdown, the clogged ducts, the pumping. And as soon as you’ve got it all down, boom, maternity leave is over, and you find yourself staring at the business trip (or, hey, vacation!) on your calendar. Herewith, Cricket’s guide to pumping on the go.

Tip 1: Milk It

Medela’s Double Electric pump has a rechargeable battery that lasts about 6-8 pumping sessions, so in a pinch, you can get the job done in a car (pumping while driving or in the back of a taxi takes multitasking to the next level), in a bathroom stall, even in public with a cover. If you travel abroad do not forget a converter, or you’ll be in big trouble (literally).

Tip 2: Call Ahead

Headed to your company’s HQ? Call HR about securing time in the lactation room, otherwise, request a room with a door, a seat and a surface.  And don’t be embarrassed: your company (even a small company) is obligated to find a spot for you.

Tip 3: Get Down To It

Travel with as many sets of parts as the number of times you’re going to pump before returning home. Keep one plastic zip baggie for the clean parts and another for the dirty ones. Pack extra breastmilk bags – they take up no room.

Tip 4: Look Ma, No Hands!

The hands-free pumping bra is a game changer. Do yourself a favor and invest in two.

Tip 5: Squeaky Clean

You’ll get some interesting looks if you wash breast pump parts in the office kitchen sink. Try these special sanitizing wipes instead.

Tip 6: Bag, You’re It

And speaking of looks, that Medela bag is not a looker – throw everything in a tote. If anything can make pumping glam, it’s an expensive Mansur Gavriel tote.

Tip 7: Unspoiled Milk

Two necessities: first, the cooler and ice pack that come with the Medela pump, so you can store what you pump on a flight. Second, a flat freezer bag (which some grocery stores pack your frozen purchases in), which you can pack with ice packs so it doesn’t spoil on the way home. If your destination is a hotel, the best case scenario is that the staff obliges your request to deep-freeze the milk in their freezer.

Tip 8: More, More, More

A change of pace – or time change – can affect your supply, but there’s a few things you can do. First, make sure you’re eating enough and drinking plenty of water. Try sipping nursing tea and start popping Fenugreek pills, an herbal remedy thought to increase milk supply. (FYI, some people swear by them, others only enjoy the side effects of smelling like BO and maple syrup.)

Pumping On The Go Checklist

• A Double Electric pump, charger
• A converter (if headed overseas)
• Nursing cover
• 2-3 large zip baggies for pump parts per day
• A small cloth or paper towels for dribbles
• 2 breastmilk storage bags for every session + some spares
• Hands-free pumping bra
• Sanitizing wipes
• Cooler, ice pack and freezer bag

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You’ve suddenly got a rack to rival Kate Upton’s. Between the first trimester and your baby’s first birthday, you’ll need a wide range of “support” for your shape-shifting breasts.

To minimize time spent in the seventh circle of hell (mall maternity store dressing rooms), we consulted Sarah Carter of the maternity lingerie line Cake who shares how to buy bras – almost exclusively online – trimester by trimester.

The deal:

The terms “nursing bras” and “maternity bras” are usually used interchangeably, though technically the latter don’t unclasp at the cups for nursing access. Most women just wear nursing bras during pregnancy, though, so they won’t have to buy new ones post-baby.

The damage:

Be prepared to buy about seven new bras total since you should have one to wear and one to wash at all times, and you’ll need different sizes and styles. And if you’ve reached adulthood without getting a proper bra fitting and buying good quality bras (you know who you are), get to a lingerie store stat. The following instructions assume you’re starting with the right pre-pregnancy fit.


How to self-measure:

Lingerie brand sizes and women’s bodies are wildly inconsistent, so there’s no exact science to self-measurement. Your best bet is to put the measuring tape away and make an educated guess according to how well your most comfortable, well-fitting bra currently fits.

Band Size:

It should be snug but with enough space to allow you to run your finger comfortably between your skin and the band. If it’s too tight or leaving red marks on your back (and you’re already using the loosest hook and eye closure), go up one band size. If it’s riding up in the back (and you’re on the tightest hook and eye closure), drop down a band size.

Cup Size:

Take a good luck at your breasts around the edges of your current cups. If there is any bulge above, to the side (by your armpit), or below the band, it’s time to go up a cup size. Likewise, if there’s looseness, time to go down.

A note about underwire:

You’ll often hear that nursing women shouldn’t wear underwire since pressure from the wire can increase your risk of plugged ducts and mastitis. Quality nursing bras, however, have flexible underwire, which is fine if you need more support as long as the fit is correct—never wear a bra that’s too tight or digs into your breasts. Just avoid them after labor until about six weeks postpartum when your milk has come in.

0-3 Months

What’s happening: Pregnancy hormones are flooding your body, often causing rapid boob growth. Your cups will runneth over, but your size has yet to stabilize.
What to buy: At least two non-wire, seamless bras with stretchy cups that will balloon with your girls.
What you should know: These stylescome in small, medium, and large so you can easily guess your size using online sizing charts. Don’t spend a lot; these puppies are transitional.
Our picks:
Spanx Bra-llelujah
Elle MacPherson Maternelle Nursing Bra

3-8 Months

What’s happening: Your tatas won’t be growing so fast, but your ribcage will start expanding.
What to buy: Something with more support. At least two contour or flexible underwire bras. You’ll see these again on the flipside when your body starts bouncing back.
What you should know: Order a few different styles from sites that have easy return shipping (we like Figure8), since there’s no telling what will be perfect for your size and shape.
Our picks:
Cake Mousse Bra
Anita Maternity Underwire Nursing Bra

8-9 Months

What’s happening: Your breasts have most likely reached the size they’ll remain once your body settles postpartum. Call it the new normal.
What to buy: At least three nursing bras that offer great support and feel truly comfortable.
What you should know: This is a good time to get an in-person fitting. (Feel like a whale? We know, but it’s better than bra shopping with a newborn).
We like:
Cake Lingerie Croissant Bra
Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra
Cosabella Maternity Mommie Soft Bra (this one’s for the less busty)

0-4 weeks (postnatal)

What’s happening: As your milk comes in, your breasts will fluctuate in size and potentially hurt like hell.
What you need: Comfort, support, and easy access. If you’re petite, load up on nursing tanks that have built-in bras. Don’t be surprised if you feel more comfortable sleeping in a nursing tank for support.
Our picks:
Carriwell Seamless Gel Wire Nursing Bra (this is for you, giant knockers!)
Medela Sleep Nursing Bra
Cake Nursing Tank
Boob Slimming Nursing Tank
Bravado Essential Nursing Tank

6+ weeks (postnatal)

What’s happening: Your milk flow will have regulated and your cup size stabilized.
What you need: Those well-fitting nursing bras you bought at the end of your pregnancy.

12+ months (postnatal)

What’s happening: After you stop breastfeeding, your boobs will often shrivel down to a size smaller than what you started with, and the shape can drastically change too.
What you need: Time to go back to a lingerie store to be sized up by a professional again. (The fun never ends!)

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saturdays Katerina Williams
Lives:Tribeca during the week, East Hampton on the weekends
Family: Husband Robert, sons Sebastian (2) and Louk (1 month)
You might know: Her amazing new baby boutique Lullanest in East Hampton (a Manhattan shop is in the works)
Secret obsession: Collecting pennies. Finding them face up truly is good luck! I have a piggy bank (shaped like a pig of course) full of the pennies I’ve found through the years.



“Mama Up!” Sebastian is ready to take on the day!


We have an intense 5 minute communication (in toddler talk) about finding something he’s termed “dodo”. After presenting numerous items to Sebastian that he assured me were not dodo, I try a toy race car. Success!



With dodo in hand, we eat fruit and our beloved YoKids yogurt for breakfast as we assemble our Janod alphabet wood puzzle.


I send an email to the Lullanest team confirming our plan for the day, which always includes more training on our products.


September in the Hamptons is my favorite time of year. We pack bags for a day at the orchards.


We stroll through the apple orchards (Sebastian runs!) and stop for fresh treats in the form of cider and pastries from the local farms.


Picnic lunch. The Weelicious Easy Chicken Nugget recipe is loved by all.


Home for Sebastian’s nap, which is also an ideal time for Mama’s Lullanest product research and team meeting.


We’re off to the “pak” (park) for some “lulla bell” (swinging). Baba (daddy) is the preferred swing pusher.


The Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton, where serious play vegetable sorting and lego building ensue.


Dinner at LT Burger in Sag Harbor.


Sebastian races to the tub for bath time with the duckies.


We sit together and read books which currently include “I’m a Big Brother” and “My New Baby”.


Sebastian is sound asleep (“dodo” by his side), and friends of ours arrive for some drinks and dinner by the pool.


Check on baby, shut the lights, and Mama down!

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On Our Radar September 19, 2014

radar WHO: Sick kids who need to stay hydrated and non-sickies who could use added nutrition.
WHAT: Ella’s Kitchen organic electrolyte drinks are full of all natural ingredients (coconut water, fruit and veggie purees) and don’t have any of the bad stuff (artificial flavors, colors, or additives).
WHEN: Stock up before you actually need it.
WHERE: target.com

WHO: Parents and caregivers packing little lunches on the regular.
WHAT: Zoli’s new vaccum-insulated food containers keep soup hot and yogurt cold, plus the cheerful colors just make you feel happy.
WHEN: Before soup season is upon us.
WHERE: zolibaby.com

WHO: Parents of paci-obsessed littles.
WHAT: Chewbeads new paci clips are not only cuter than the other options out there but they also glow in the dark, making them easy to find at all times.
WHEN: Before you lose another one.
WHERE: chewbeads.com

WHO: Owners of downright filthy strollers and car seats.
WHAT: BuggyLOVE is a line of organic cleaning products that safely rid your gear of muck.
WHEN: Before it becomes a health hazard.
WHERE: buggylove.com

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