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John Fedele

I used to wear suits to work. I'd wear tight dress pants, three-inch heels and a slim suit jacket. I stood taller in my "power suits." My legs looked longer and leaner. I clip-clopped down the hallway with confidence so people knew I meant business. Or at least I looked like I did.

But, I was also uncomfortable. And zipped up. And I couldn't really breathe. Or move. But, I looked confident, so…

Plus, where I worked there were no casual Fridays. Jeans were not allowed. And leggings? Those were something to be kept behind closed doors or to wear to your yoga class—definitely not in the office

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Then I became a mom.


No, actually—back up. Then I became pregnant. And all of a sudden, I saw how immature my "leggings aren't pants" mentality had been. It made me wonder what other amazing things I had been missing out on. (We all grow wiser with age, don't we?)

The first time I put on that oversized maternity shirt and—gasp!leggings, I was hooked. When you're pregnant, no one is going to tell you that you can't wear leggings to work or to the store or a fancy restaurant. And the only thing better than regular leggings are—wait for it—maternity leggings.

But I digress.

As a new mom, leggings became my constant companion. Along with a somehow smaller bladder, bags under my eyes and brain fog.

If I had to run to Target? I have a pair of leggings for that.

A quick at-home yoga workout while the baby naps? Leggings.

Bible study? Leggings with oversized sweater and boots.

A walk around the park? Leggings.

Date night? Leggings with a fancy tunic. Ooh la-la.

I can easily wipe up tomato sauce spilled on them. I can wear them for three days in a row without anyone being the wiser besides me, myself and my cat. They never let me down. Leggings are one constant that always has our back, err, I mean, backside. 😉

And best of all? I can move in those babies. If I want to show someone how high I can still kick even though I haven't taken a kick-boxing class in over 10 years? Leggings.

And if I need to jump across a room to catch a plate of spaghetti mid-air that's been chucked by my fed-up toddler? Leggings help me get it done.

I can wear leggings anywhere and at any time. I can perform superwoman-type moves thanks to its stretchy fabric, and as I recently learned, leggings may actually make me a *better parent*. Yes, stick with me.

Decision fatigue is a real problem many of us face on a regular basis, so the fewer decisions we have to make each day, the more we actually get done. By making the exact same thing for breakfast each day, following the same routines and even wearing the same clothes—these things give our brains more capacity to focus on the important things.

Why do you think Steve Jobs wore the same thing every day?

By wearing leggings, I have one less decision to make in my busy schedule as a mom. I get up, I pull them on and I start my day. Which is a good thing because it's very likely that my toddler is probably dumping cereal all over the floor.

So, in other words, yes—wearing leggings every day can make us better parents.

I could go on and on but you get the point.

No, leggings may not be "pants," but I don't care anymore. They are my new power suit, and they're getting the job done.

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.

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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!

$29.99

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.

$29.99

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. 🙌

$9.99

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.

$14.99

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.

$24.99

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.

$8.99

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.

$7.99


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