News Roundup

news roundup - capsule wardrobeSome of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…

  • Lifehacker gives tips on organizing your closet and creating outfits out of a small number of pieces.
  • The Nest shares an essay on making sure your marriage doesn’t move into “roommate” territory.
  • The New York Times talks about flexible work schedules.
  • BlogHer has some concrete tips for “the best maternity leave ever.”
  • Slate brings you the latest installment in its “Best Laid Plans” series and talks with a working couple with two kids.
  • For your Laugh of the Week, check out some parenting humor from The Onion (here and here).

Do be sure to check out the news update over at Corporette!

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Finally Friday: Comfort Craving Pilot Path Mt Pump

Rockport Comfort Craving Pilot Path Mt Pump | CorporetteMomsThese 2.75″ simple pumps are stuffed to the gills with comfort features — flexible rubber sole, sneaker-like cushioning, and Adidas technology. They’re $100 at Zappos, but note that Amazon has some sizes and colors as low as $20 (!). Rockport Comfort Craving Pilot Path Mt Pump

Everyone Thursday: Crystal Embellished Sabre Bib Necklace

Alexis Bittar Crystal Embellished Sabre Bib Necklace | CorporetteMomsHappy Thursday! I love all things Alexis Bittar, and this bib necklace is no exception — the gold/beige is such an unusual color for a necklace. It’s the kind of piece you can wear while pregnant, nursing, or beyond — lovely. It’s $345 at ShopBop. Alexis Bittar Crystal Embellished Sabre Bib Necklace

Here’s a similar lower-priced option.

Working Parents and Kids with Special Needs

special needs - hollandAre you the parent of a child with special needs? How has that affected your career — and your family? Editor Kate Antoniades weighs in…

Being a parent of a child with special needs — whether that means congenital heart problems, or life-threatening food allergies, or autism spectrum disorder — often means “more.” More doctor’s appointments. More health insurance hassles. More money spent. More meetings with teachers and school psychologists, and more situations where you must advocate for your child. More research into treatments, local resources, summer programs, schools, group homes, etc. — and always more paperwork to fill out. Lots of paperwork.

Depending on the severity of a child’s disability or disease, some parents are forced to quit their jobs or reduce their hours. When this isn’t necessary (or simply not practical – e.g., for health insurance reasons), a employer who’s flexible can make a huge difference. You might find yourself frequently needing time off due to medical appointments; meetings about your child’s therapies or surgeries or medications; and just caring for your child at home, perhaps after surgery or after a setback, for example. [Read more…]

Washable Wednesday: Pattern Knit Ponté Welt Pocket Sheath Dress

Lands' End Pattern Knit Ponté Welt Pocket Sheath Dress | CorporetteI’m glad to see that Lands’ End has created a sleeved version of their popular Welt Pocket Sheath. It’s a bummer it only comes in one pattern, but I happen to think the navy/blue floral combo is lovely. The dress was $89, but is now marked to $45 — it’s available in regular, petite, and plus sizes. Pattern Knit Ponté Welt Pocket Sheath Dress

The Best Clothes for Pumping: A Poll


2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on the best work clothes for pumping milk, but you may also want to check out our new page on tips for pumping at the office. This 2017 threadjack also includes a lot of great advice from working moms about which clothes they wore to pump at the office. 

Ladies, let’s take a poll today on pumping habits, and the best clothes for pumping.  How do YOU pump? Bra on, bra off? Shirt pushed up, shirt opened?

For my $.02, I have always found it easiest to pump with a nursing bra and a nursing bustier — so for me just pushing a simple shirt (t-shirt, sweater, whatever) up around my neck is easiest. However, I know a lot of readers have commented that they just wear regular bras and will get undressed all the way (even pumping in sheath dresses!), and others love wrap blouses and dresses (I’m guessing you guys are omitting the hands-free bustier?). Do you feel less naked with your shoulders covered? So let’s discuss:


(Pictured: There’s a great sale on this Pleione faux wrap blouse, one of the reader favorites for pumping — some colors are up to 70% off, marked as low as $20. This black and white is higher at $40, but I love the versatile pattern — great for hiding a host of stains, leaks, and more. The blouse was $68, but is now marked to $19-$40 at Nordstrom.) Pleione Faux Wrap Blouse