I didn’t think I could be a boy mom. Until I had you.

I now know I can change the next generation: I can raise a son who is respectful, diligent and understanding.

I didn’t think I could be a boy mom. Until I had you.

When I first got pregnant, I dreamed of what life would be like with a baby. Immediately my thoughts gravitated to pink ruffle dresses, big hair bows and adorable baby dolls.

See, I thought of myself as a girl mom. I knew I was going to have a girl. I felt ready and able to parent a daughter.

Elaborate pretend play, princess dress-up, crafting and pink everything comes naturally to me. I often questioned, "Do I really have what it takes to raise a boy?"

I didn’t have to answer that right away: We learned at our ultrasound scan that we were expecting a girl.


Fast-forward two years and we were about to hear the gender of our second baby. Again, I felt confident in my ability to raise girls. But, to my surprise this time, we were told “It’s a boy!”

Although I was immediately excited, I would be lying if I didn't say I was a little nervous. I didn't know if I had it in me to be a boy mom.

Now that my son is nearing his second birthday, I cannot imagine life without him. His birth has changed my life. I have a new perspective formed by some incredible lessons about raising boys...

Boys show love in such meaningful ways

To my sweet baby, I didn't know I needed a son, until I had you. There is something special about the mother-son bond. Your hugs mean to the world to me. When you fall down and ask for a mommy kiss, it melts my heart. Though you may be tough in your play and always wanting adventure, you have a tender spot. You love your mama.

I pray I never forget your cuddly hugs and sweet kisses. Because I know there will a day when you aren't as willing to give them. May I soak it all in now. May I keep all these things of your childhood in my heart. You are so special, son!

Boys help you view the world in a new way

I'm constantly amazed at the things you comes up with. You see life through a different lens and it's fascinating to see things from your perspective. To you, life is an adventure. It's all about exploring, experimenting and conquering. Your play is very different from your sister’s: It is loud, rough, wild—and I love it. Although this may not come naturally to me, this is exactly who you were created to be.

You see pots and pans in the play kitchen and instead of cooking, you start playing the drums. It's adorable to watch. You have stretched my narrow mind and shown me all the different possibilities of play and adventure. I'm slowly learning to sit back and watch. Instead of always trying to control the situation and show you how to do something, I'm learning to take a step back. You often comes up with a different solution than I would have suggested.

As a mother, it's so tempting to always step in and help. But when I let you figure things out on your own, it's amazing to see how much you grow from the situation! Many times you are more capable than I even realize.

It’s an honor to raise you into a man

Before I had you, I joked I was nervous about having a boy because I didn't want to deal with the puberty phase. Certainly your dad will play a big role in my your life, especially as you grow. That being said, I now realize how important my role is. It is a privilege to raise a son and watch you grow into a gentleman.

I now understand I can change the next generation. I can raise a son who is respectful, a protector, diligent and understanding. I have been given a special role as a nurturer and encourager. With God's help, I can shape your character and your heart. What an awesome responsibility!

If it weren't for your birth, I would have never learned how adventurous life can be... How exhilarating it is to drive cars all around the house... How fun it is to see airplanes fly across the sky... How beautiful it is to see things through a little boy's eyes.

I love you, son.

By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's electric pump

For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.


Hands-Free Pumping Bra

Dr. Brown''s hands free pumping bra

Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!


Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

Dr. Brown's manual breast pump

If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.


Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

Dr. Brown's nipple shields

There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌


Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.


Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.


Washable Breast Pads

washable breast pads

Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.


Breast Milk Storage Bags

Dr. Brown's milk storage bags

The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.


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