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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Beauty tips

As a new mom, the only thing more challenging than quieting a screaming newborn is looking bright eyed on little to no sleep. And while we can’t help with how tired you feel, we can offer our real-life bag of beauty tricks – from our inner circle of moms – that will have you looking cute in almost no time. And as for that screaming baby, get yourself a swing stat!

Flyaways

Anastasia brow gel works magic on hideous re-growth wispies around the hairline, without looking the slightest bit greasy or crusty.

Dark Circles

You haven’t gotten a full night’s sleep in months? Slap on Amazing Cosmetics concealer, and no one will be the wiser.

Hair Tutorial

Few things in life get easier after having a baby, but this Birchbox hair tutorial is sheer brilliance – and lets you say goodbye to blowdryers, straight irons, and curling mechanisms.

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No Shower, No Problem

Who needs a shower when you have BlowPro, the most brilliant dry shampoo that instantly de-greases and adds oomph to limp locks.

The Glow

Miracles do happen… if you use the EMK Placental anti-aging mask. Directions say put it on for 10 minutes, but we sleep in it, and the next morning we look fresh and dewy with noticeably fewer lines.

Gisele Locks

Stay on prenatal vitamins. Who wouldn’t want to have thick, magical pregnancy hair at all times?!

Clear Skin

A Russian facialist told us to use Witch Hazel as a toner when acne struck during pregnancy. It worked wonders, and we’re here to say 2 years on the flipside, we are religious about it and our skin has never looked better.

Pick Your One Thing

Pick just one item of makeup that you feel confident putting on and running out of the house with. For us, that’s Kevyn Aucoin mascara but some of our friends swear by a red lip or a pink cheek.

No Bad Hair Days

Have one tried and true method for pulling your hair back in a bun in 3 seconds to feel polished and put together.

Quick Wash

Turns out, washing your face before bed is just too much to ask after a long day. Which is why we keep Somme Transport Pads by the bed. Just one legitimately rids your face of the day’s gunk and leaves it fresh and clean.

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Saturdays With Dannielle Kyrillos

saturdays Dannielle Kyrillos
Lives: The West Village in NYC
Family:
Husband, JP Kyrillos, President of The Daily Meal; son Caspian (Cappy), 2.5
You might know: A little reality show called Top Chef: Just Desserts where Dannielle was a judge. Or her latest project, What’s New With You?
Secret obsession: I have to tell the truth: I adore the Athens, GA-based groovy band Widespread Panic. I’ve seen them play around the world and will do anything to get to a show. Southern fried rock that makes you dance your face off!

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7am:

Is anything better than waking up to someone’s tiny, scraggly toes tickling your ear while the owner of the toes cackles to himself? Caspian seems to mysteriously end up in our bed at some point in the middle of almost every Friday night, and then we all wake up together, relieved it’s the weekend!

7:45am:

Ok, when I said “all wake up together,” that was technically true, but my saint of a husband always, always gets up with the boy and lets me snooze a little longer. But then I hear how much fun they’re having downstairs, so I get up and we have coffee and a little snack (“Breakfast #1″). Cappy builds something with his Magna-Tiles (best, best, most creativity-inducing invention ever), usually a parking garage.

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9am:

We love to go on a “breakfast date” at an easy little diner-y spot down the street called the PATH cafe (quaintly located right next to the entrance to the PATH train). We sit at the counter and visit with Bruce, the straight-out-of-central-casting, wonderful curmudgeon with a heart of gold who works there. We have smoothies and egg wraps and Caspian flirts with fellow diners.

9:45am:

If there is a farmers’ market within a thousand miles, my husband will sniff it out and take us there, so every Saturday we visit the awesome one at Abingdon Square. We buy eggs from Farmer Ben (his wife just had their 13th baby!), veggies from these nice New Jersey farmers, and fish from the fishermen. Caspian holds up the line asking them about their boat, and is recently obsessed with crabs (“Those crabs have a car they drive to the beach. They love that car. It is pink.”)

10:15am:

The market is right next to Bleecker Street Playground, one of Caspian’s most favorite places in the world, so we always stop and play for awhile. It’s really crowded on the weekends so we try to go early before the chaos. It’s impossible not to run into someone, so it’s nice to have more coffee (usually from Upright Brewhouse or The Elk) with the grown-ups while the smaller people play in the sand.

11:30am:

Naps on weekends are so hard these days. This is when we try to wind down the boy and walk him in his stroller (we live on a cobblestone alley so for me the only way to go is the Bob Revolution! What a treat to be able to steer carefully with one hand and enjoy a coffee with the other) until he falls asleep so we don’t have a crazy person on our hands later. I’d say we’re successful 70% of the time. Luckily we live right across the street from the Hudson River so the walking is really scenic.

1pm:

Caspian usually wakes up around this time and we make a little lunch with the farmers’ market goods at home. Grilled vegetables, yummy fish, very easy.

1:45pm:

Sometimes, especially if Cappy wouldn’t go down for a nap because he was too busy acting as one of his alter-egos, Jerry the Kittycat or Blueberry the Dog (“Blueberry” has been known to poop outside on the patio “because dogs poop outside and then their owners pick up the poop”), I beg Saint JP to let me sneak in a nap or a SoulCycle class while they do fun father-son stuff.

2:30pm:

On nice Saturdays we like to take advantage of every minute, so it’s off on “an adventure.” We’ll meet up with friends at a park or someone’s house, we’ll rent bikes and ride along the river, we’ll take our soccer ball and orange plastic cone collection (if your little person likes soccer and has seen them, they are the best, weirdest thing $10 can buy–also good for construction sites), and just run around enjoying the city. Oh, often this involves reviewing real construction sites because Caspian is obsessed and visits “the builders” throughout the week.

5:30pm:

Around this time we get really excited if Caspian says, “How about dinner at Barbuto?” because it’s the greatest luxury in the world after a long day to show up right when it opens for dinner. They are so utterly accommodating to families, and we can all feel like civilized people again. Caspian asks for olives and breadsticks to start, and loves their kale salad because it’s really just a vessel for cheese. The grown-ups drink Pio Cesare barbera, Cappy watches the world go by through the garage doors, and we all feel lucky to live in New York City.

7:30pm:

Bedtime, and not always just for Caspian. We all unwind with books (“Little Blue Truck” and “The Bear’s Sea Escape” are current favorites) and then it’s zzzzzzzzz.

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On Our Radar: October 16, 2014

radar

WHO: Little ones who get more food on themself than in their mouth.
WHAT: New Silispoons are crafted out of silicone, have textured handles, and shovel-shaped heads for easy scooping and eating.
WHEN: Order now for November delivery.
WHERE: silikids.com

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WHO: Product-obsessed parents who are suckers for cute packaging.
WHAT: New kids bath line, Tubby Todd, is strong enough for BIG messes yet safe and gentle enough for newborns. And of course all-natural, paraben-free, and hypoallergenic.
WHEN: You have a penchant for good, clean fun.
WHERE: tubbytodd.com

WHO: Adventurous parents and caregivers who want a stroller that can manage snow and hikes.
WHAT: The new all-terrain Bumbleride Indie 4 fits newborns to 5-year-olds, comes with a bassinet, and collapses easily, and also manages to be lightweight.
WHEN: Before the polar vortex is upon us.
WHERE: bumbleride.com

WHO: Parents plagued by the nightlight conundrum.
WHAT: Snap Ray Guidelights are brilliant plug-and-play outlet covers with built-in nightlights that work via sensor. They’re safe, free up outlets, and install in minutes. WHEN: Before dark!
WHERE: snappower.com

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