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OMG mamas, check your pantry once again. We've just found out some of the most popular cereal and oat brands are still full of harsh chemicals -- the same ones found in the weed killer Round Up. So gross. Plus: is female rage all the rage? How to harness that anger into powerful and meaningful change. And, is a no-phone contract asking too much of our nannies? How tech parents in Silicon Valley are addressing our technology addiction. It's all right here in our Weekly Links.

  1. We can't live without our phones... but should our kids? Turns out parents in Silicon Valley are having their nannies sign "no-phone contracts," promising to keep the tech out of kiddos' hands. And the nannies are expected to be sans phone while on the clock, as well -- with other parents acting as "nanny outers", tattling on those who check their phone on play dates. What do you think?
  2. Remember a couple months back when we found out about weed killer being found in some of our favorite foods?! Well, part two of the Environmental Working Group's study just came out, and OMG, it turns out there's even more weed killer in our pantry than we thought! We're talking Quaker Oats, Honey Nut Cheerios, Chewy S'mores bars and so many more. Check out this report to learn more.
  3. As women, we have a lot to be angry about right now -- and as women who are mothers, there's even more. Think lack of paid paternity leave and the maternal mortality rate. But what to do with that anger? We're loving this WaPo piece this week about how to filter out the negativity mamas face, and harness our anger into meaningful change.
  4. We're just a couple days away from the midterm elections, and if you haven't already cast your absentee or early voting ballot, November 6 is the big day! So many of us are frustrated and anxious about the current political climate. One way you can make a difference is to Vote Like a Mother. If you can't volunteer at phone banks or canvass in your neighborhood, wearing these VLAM tees can start a conversation with your neighbors at the corner coffee shop or bodega (plus: promo code NOV6 gets you 15% off on anything on the site!).
  5. You might not be sitting in first class, but your kid will sure feel like she is with the new JetKids RideBox by Stokke. It's a suitcase your kiddo can ride on in the airport and sleep on in the plane when you slide it in front of their airline seat! The JetKids RideBox by Stoke comes in soft pastel colors, making your trip Insta-worthy from the time you step into the airport.

Products that solve your biggest breastfeeding challenges

Including a battle plan for clogged ducts!

When expecting a baby, there is a lot you can test-run in advance: Take that stroller around the block. Go for a spin with the car seat secured in place. Learn how to use the baby carrier with help from a doll. But breastfeeding? It's not exactly possible to practice before baby's arrival.

The absence of a trial makes it all the more important to prepare in other ways for breastfeeding success—and it can be as simple as adding a few of our lactation aiding favorites to your registry.

MilkBliss chocolate chip soft baked lactation cookies

MilkBliss lactation cookies

Studies have shown the top reason women stop breastfeeding within the first year is because they are concerned about their milk supply being enough to nourish baby. Consider MilkBliss Lactation Cookies to be your secret weapon. Not only are they wholesome and delicious, but they were formulated specifically for breastfeeding moms based on the science of galactagogues—also known as milk boosters. They also come in peanut butter and wild blueberry flavors.

$23

Evereden multi-purpose healing balm

Evereden multipurpose healing balm

Also up there on the list of reasons women stop breastfeeding: the toll the early days can take on nipples. Made from just five ingredients, this all natural healing balm is ideal for soothing chafed nipples, making for a much more comfortable experience for mama as her body adjusts to the needs of a breastfeeding baby.

$20

Lansinoh milk storage bags

Lansinoh milk storage bags

For a breastfeeding mama, there are few things more precious and valuable than the milk she worked so hard to pump—and it's the stuff of nightmares to imagine it spilling out in the fridge. With these double-sealed milk storage bags, you can be assured your breastmilk is safe and sound until baby needs it.

$12.50

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Nursing a baby is a 24/7 job, which calls for some wardrobe modifications. Because Belly Bandit specializes in making things more comfortable for the postpartum mama, they've truly thought of every detail—from the breathable fabric to the clips that can be easily opened with one hand.

$47

boob-ease soothing therapy pillows

Boob Ease soothing therapy pillows

For nursing moms, duct can quickly become a four-letter word when you suspect it's getting clogged. By keeping these soothing breast pillows in your breastfeeding arsenal, you can immediately go on the defense against plugged milk ducts by heating the pads in the microwave or cooling them in the freezer.

$25

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

A unfortunate reality of nursing is that it can really seem to limit the wardrobe options when you have to think about providing easy, discrete access. But by adding functional basics to your closet, you can feel confident and prepared for breastfeeding on the go.

$59

Bebe au Lait premium cotton nursing cover

Bebe au Lait cotton nursing cover

Nursing in public isn't every mama's cup of tea. But babies can't always wait until you've found a private place to get down to business if that's your preference. That's where a nursing cover comes in handy. This one is made from premium cotton and features a patented neckline that allows for airflow and eye contact even while you're covered.

$36

Lactation Lab basic breastmilk testing kit

Lactation Lab breastmilk testing kit

Curious to learn more about the liquid gold you're making, mama? The testing kit from Lactation Labs analyzes your breast milk for basic nutritional content like calories and protein, as well as vitamins, fatty acids and environmental toxins to help boost your breastfeeding confidence.

$99

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As told to Liz Tenety.

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