They say the mother of all invention is that moment when you’re scouring your closet or the Internet for something you desperately need and realize no one is making it. For Adrienne Frohlich, an actual mother, that moment gave birth to the Nurse Purse. Heading back to work as a Speech Pathologist after maternity leave, Frohlich felt encumbered and frumpy carrying around that black, nylon bag that comes with purchased breast pumps, and which doesn't hold much else. “I was surprised that, with such a variety of cute diaper bags and other accessories out there for moms, there was nothing to replace that black bag.” So she set to sewing her own alternative that would streamline her packages and bring a little style to her day. Once it was perfected, she decided to share.
The Nurse Purse is large enough to hold most breast pump models, all the parts, a cooler, and valuables, plus has a designated space large enough to hold a laptop and other work-related items, and exterior pockets for bottles or to-go mugs. The bag is even designed to grow with you, so when your pumping days are over, you can simply convert it into a diaper or overnight bag. But probably the best feature is the little zippered compartment. It folds down so you can leave the pump assembled and access the controls without removing it from the bag and dealing with the jumble of cords and wires (a huge time saver and relaxation device when you only have 20 minutes to pump). Inside the compartment is even a window to hold a photo of your little sweet cheeks, which helps with milk flow and reminds you why you do it all.
Working with professional fabric designers, Frohlich does the prototypes, design, and sewing at her home in Stone Ridge. “Without a doubt, the Hudson Valley is my design inspiration,” she says. “Most of the prints are based on botanical elements - leaves, branches and flowers.” And with three new styles coming out soon, there’s been a little upgrade to the original design – a handy messenger-style strap.
The Nurse Purse, available online or locally at Waddle and Swaddle in Rhinebeck and Poughkeepsie: 13” x 11.5” x 5.5” deep, cotton canvas with a nontoxic, water- and stain-resistant coating, available in a variety of cute designs, $129.
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Want more? Don’t miss Hudson Valley Hullaballoo in Kingston on November 21st and 22nd, where you can meet some other inventive Hudson Valley makers, and even get some holidays portraits with the family at Tom DeLooza’s wet plate photo booth and Peter Demuth Photography’s photo booth. And keep your eyes peeled for the next Field & Supply and Phoenicia Flea.