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Name: Zoe Sakoutis Neighborhood: Williamsburg...moving to Fort Greene Occupation: Entrepreneur Baby’s Sex: It'll be a surprise! How would you describe your pregnant style? Repetitive/Thrifty. I tend to find a few combinations that work and just stick with them. I’ve been reluctant to buy too many maternity clothes so instead I’ve tried to rediscover old pieces in my closet. I can’t believe how much I’ve found! Clothes that for whatever reason I bought way too big at the time and never wore again. I’m finally getting use out of them! Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during this pregnancy? This is my first so it’s all been pretty educational. I think the turning point came during the 4th or so month when I finally stopped trying to hide it with loose clothes and instead started to accentuate my bump with fitted clothes. I actually wish I had done that sooner—it’s fun to make your mid section the showpiece. Boobs have also been an interesting addition—I’ve never had them before but I think the same rule applies: try to wear them as an accessory. So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy? How your body can change so dramatically from one day to the next. One day I can have more energy than I know what to do with and the next day I suddenly need a mid-day nap. I have surrendered to the fact that I have no idea what my body is going to demand of me next—it’s been unpredictable so I’ve decided to just listen and take direction. What’s been your favorite pregnancy piece or brand to show off your bump? The staple so far has been my Citizens of Humanity skinny maternity jeans. They are so comfortable! What NYC experience are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby? As strange as it sounds, riding the subway. There is so much stimulation and random entertainment once you go underground. I’m very excited to watch that interaction. Zoe is wearing: Zara knit poncho (similar style) Ingrid & Isabel Cowl Neck Tee Ingrid & Isabel Leggings Acne Studios Ankle Boots Photography by Jonica Moore Studio. Shot on location at Home.coming in Brooklyn.

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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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They say necessity is the mother of invention—and nothing makes you more inventive than motherhood.

Sometimes that means fashioning a diaper out of paper towels and your older child's underpants (true story). Sometimes that means creating an innovative and life-changing weighted baby sleep sack and totally crushing it on Shark Tank. Tara Williams is the latter.

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Our list of 100 baby names that should be on everyone's list this year includes more choices than in the past of names that are obscure and surprising. That's because there are so many more unusual baby names coming into widespread use and baby namers have become a lot more adventurous.

Expectant parents do not need to be told to move beyond Jennifer and Jason. Their thinking about names has evolved to the point that the most useful thing we can do is offer a large menu of intriguing choices.

Here are our picks for the 100 best surprising + unusual baby names now.


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