Designer & Mom Rebecca Minkoff Shares Her Must-Know Tips

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You’ve probably heard the one about how the designer behind the famous “Morning After Bag” became a mom, right? There goes glamorous, fancy-free nights and here comes early morning feedings and clothes laundering.
But Rebecca Minkoff hasn’t lost a shred of her fierceness. In fact, the birth of her son Luca three years ago has emboldened her even more.
First of all, his birth was natural. Drug-free, ladies. And, when we saw her out and about a few weeks later, wearing Luca in her Ergo, it was at a cocktail party. Then we heard she nursed during meetings! And, when we asked the designer herself, the truth was even wilder. She co-sleeps! She even pumps in meetings! (“It was awkward in Japan. They’d evacuate the room.”) She almost got in a bar-fight while wearing her baby! (“This girl was talkin sh*#. I was like, do you have a problem with me?!”)
So here’s this uber-successful designer – her designs are sold in more than 1,000 stores in 35 countries – making the kinds of choices (nursing, co-sleeping, front-pack as uniform) frequently associated with attachment parenting and lovey-dovey hippies. She’s a fashion biz badass with a serious motherly instinct.
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Her tour de force continues with two special arrivals this summer: In June, a flagship store on Greene Street in Soho and in August, baby #2. “I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to do that and have a fashion show a month later,” she says. We say: refresh your bad self with the sage stories you shared with us. Here’s eight ways Rebecca stuck to her guns — the heck with what you think.
Rebecca’s Short Answers
Let Fearless Women Inspire You
"I met Brandon Holley when she was Editor in Chief of Lucky magazine. I was pregnant and planning to do natural childbirth, but she had a home birth. I was impressed! She’s the editor of a magazine, but she still came as close to nature as possible."
Babyhood Is Too Short to Do It Someone Else’s Way
"You only get a little nugget of time before they grow older. I feel like I saw too many people take a clinical approach to childbirth. And I was like, what’s the point?"
If You Don’t Respect Yourself…
"My friend never breastfed because the nurse said she was starving her kid. They’re nurses, not police! You have to take the stance of this is what I’m gonna do. You have to command respect in yourself first."
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Persevere, And Then Know When to Let Go
"Before the baby, I wanted to nurse for at least a year. And, once we settled into a routine I thought I might go for two. But he broke up with me at 15 months. I’d follow him around with my boob! My husband told me: It’s his decision, let it go."
Your Schedule Is Yours Alone
"We’ve never had a set time for dinner because our schedules are so crazy. So, when we’re all together as a family, we eat. My husband and I believe in treating Luca as an adult in a little body — we trust him and he tells us when he’s hungry."
Stay True To You
"Too many people are scared of what other people think. When it came to nursing and pumping, I didn’t care. This is the best thing I can do for my kid. I was always: Don’t eff with me, this is what I’m gonna do."
My Carry-On Is A Baby
"The longest I’ve been gone for work is five days, and I’ll never go longer than that. It wasn’t good for me, it wasn’t good for him. But, I know fashion editors that leave the baby for three weeks; I just can’t do that. You have to do what you feel comfortable with."
Eff Sleep Training
"We’ve had to roll with it. Luca slept with us until he was a year old — in our bed until seven months and then in a crib in the room. He learned to basically “pole vault” out of his crib, so then we trained him again, but we were traveling a lot and the jet lag made it all fall apart. He soon got his own room, but he started crawling into our bed at 6 a.m. So what. I figure, there’s gonna be a point where he doesn’t want me. It’s okay if he crawls into my bed for now."
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