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4 Things Rachel Pally's Learned About Being a Mom

And her go-to brands to twin with her two sons.

4 Things Rachel Pally's Learned About Being a Mom

Rachel Pally knows a thing or two about being a mom, and and also a thing or two about clothing. Now a mom of two boys, Rachel launched her clothing brand, named after her, well before becoming a mama. But she’s worked tirelessly to grow a brand that is conscious and inclusive -- that helps women feel comfortable, beautiful and confident. “We are size-inclusive, body positive and really aim to dress women during every phase of life,” Rachel Pally said.

That’s why many of her clothes -- from her linen jumpsuits to her jersey dresses to her crepe chiffon tops -- can be worn before, during and after pregnancy. And that’s good news because as you enter motherhood, your goals will likely shift; and so will your style. That’s something that Rachel learned soon after giving birth to her first child.

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Rediscovering yourself while raising tiny humans is no easy fit; and we know it can be a lonely, bumpy ride. But we also know we can all gain a little wisdom from other moms' experiences. That’s why we talked to Rachel -- to find out what she learned about being a mom.

Here are 4 things that Rachel Pally learned about being a mom.

1. Be efficient. My goals have evolved since becoming a mother. I want to work more efficiently, not more. I want to make sure I'm home for bedtime every night and can leave for work after my older son leaves for school. I do my best to be 100% present with work when I'm at the office and 100% present with my family when I'm home.

2. Stay away from precious clothing.a Moms can't wear precious clothing around their kids (at least I can't; I would be covered in strawberry stains or drool marks!). That’s why I design clothing that is meant to be worn -- to work, to wear on dates and to the park or to parties - clothes to live in! Our styles work for before, during, and after pregnancy; and many of our linen jumpsuits and dresses can fit nearly the entire length of pregnancy if you size up. Plus, the front buttons, which many of her styles feature, allow for easy feeding post-baby.

3. Your vision of sexy can change. I no longer think that stilettos and red lipstick are the epitome of sexy. I love high waisted pants and I love comfortable sneakers and clogs and flat sandals and I love easy dresses and jeans. I think that dressing to live life is sexy! My style is effortless and utilitarian while still being, which I think is very attractive! I don't want to be uncomfortable anymore, and I love that I can make beautiful clothes that make you feel comfortable while looking chic!

4. Yes, you CAN twin with your boys! As your style adapts to your new role as a mom, matching with your little one can be a fun way to experiment; and to bring a little eccentricity to otherwise practical and comfortable outfits. It’s easy to imagine moms matching with their daughters, but I’m a mom of boys and let me tell you: twinning with my sons is a lot of fun. My go-to brands are Ollie & Me and ARQ -- I love twinning in our skivvies. I also often opt for vintage Levi’s and overalls, and it makes us look like a family bluegrass band.

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.

$159.99

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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