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Breastfeeding Essentials $1,100 Giveaway

We know you don't really need much for breastfeeding your baby. But there's definitely a lot of stuff that would make it easier! And in honor of World Breastfeeding Week (and Month!), we’ve teamed up with Mommy Nearest and Babylist to give a whole bunch of it away! From the right gear, like an awesome breast pump or nursing bra, to some nursing friendly clothes to make mama feel chic and stylish, to some sweet skincare goodies to indulge that hard-working skin, win more than $1,100 in breastfeeding essentials to make your nursing journey a little easier. Enter below, then scroll down to see all the amazing prizes in this package that will help start your breastfeeding journey off right. Spectra S2 Plus Electric Breast Pump. If you want to keep nursing when you go back to work, you need a great pump. And every mom we know is obsessed with the Spectra S2. This closed-system pump is small but mighty - it's got hospital strength suction and can be used as either a single or double pump. It's got flexible, digital controls, and even has a timer and a night light! ($169)     Loyal Hana $100 Gift Card. If you’re a nursing mama, everything you wear has to be breast-accessible. Loyal Hana's got all the style of your fave non-mom brands, but each piece has a hidden zipper to make nursing or pumping a breeze. Pick out your favorite piece with this loyalhana.com gift card. ($100)       Ergogaby Omni 360 Carrier and Natural Curve Nursing Pillow. If there's one thing that will make your nursing sessions easier (and cozier!), it's Ergobaby's comfortable and supportive breastfeeding pillow. Plus, get your breastfeeding in on the go with the new Omni 360 Baby Carrier. The Omni offers all carry positions, and adjusts from newborn to toddler, with no infant insert needed. Win both. ($235)     Bamboobies Nursing Pads & Accessories. Leakage happens. But when you wear Bamboobies ultra-soft, soothing and absorbant nursing pads, you can at least feel secure nobody’s noticing. Bamboobies has your breastfeeding adventures covered (literally). Win bamboobies Washable Nursing Pads Multi-pack, boob-ease Organic Nipple Balm, bamboobies Chic Nursing Shawl, boob-ease Organic Pumping Lubricant and bamboobies Yoga Nursing Brahhh. ($110)     Teat &Cosset Aurora Cocktail Dress. Just because you're nursing, doesn't mean you don't have anywhere special to go. Whether you're just heading out to dinner with your partner (you deserve it!) or need to hit an upscale affair, this breastfeeding-friendly dress (it's got a pull-down elastic bust and removable mini-cape) will turn heads...in the best way possible. ($185)     Earth Mama Milk-to-Go Pumping Companion Essentials. Treat your new mama skin to some luxurious treats from Earth Mama, known for its organic, safe, zero-toxin products for pregnancy and postpartum. Win a package filled with all your pumping skincare needs, plus Natural Nipple Butter and Organic Milkmaid Tea!     Sarah Wells Breast Pump Bag. Yes, you actually DO want a breast pump bag. But when you’re carrying it to work that first day back (and possibly for many months after), you don’t want it to look like a breast pump bag. Sarah Wells has created a chic line of bags that are as fashionable as they are functional, and fit most standard breast pumps. Win the super chic, classic and timeless Abby bag with nautical navy and white stripes. ($180)     Milkies Milk-Savers & Breast Milk Storage. They don’t call it liquid gold for nothing. Milkies patented Milk Saver will help you keep every drop of breast milk for your baby by collecting your leakage as you nurse or pump in easy to transfer and store containers. Win a Milk Saver, Milk Trays and tons of other helpful nursing goodies. ($110)     Zahlers Supplements. When it comes to breastfeeding, it's important to keep both mama's and baby's nutrition in mind. Zahler's has the whole family covered with vitamins and supplements. Win a package that includes Lactivate and Prenatals for mama, Vitamin D3 Liquid Drops for baby and Kidophilus probiotics for kiddos. ($118.51)    

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Original photography by Belle Savransky. Congrats to our winner, Miriam W!
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Baby stuff comes in such cute prints these days. Gone are the days when everything was pink and blue and covered in ducks or teddy bears. Today's baby gear features stylish prints that appeal to mom.

That's why it's totally understandable how a mama could mistake a car seat cover for a cute midi skirt. It happened to Lori Farrell, and when she shared her mishap on Facebook she went viral before she was even home from work. Fellow moms can totally see the humor in Farrell's mishap, and thankfully, so can she.

As for how a car seat cover could be mistaken for a skirt—it's pretty simple, Farrell tells Motherly.

"A friend of mine had given me a huge lot of baby stuff, from clothes to baby carriers to a rocker and blankets and when I pulled it out I was not sure what it was," she explains. "I debated it but washed it anyway then decided because of the way it pulled on the side it must be a maternity skirt."

Farrell still wasn't 100% sure if she was right by the time she headed out the door to work, but she rocked the ambiguous attire anyway.

"When I got to work I googled the brand and realized not only do they not sell clothing but it was a car seat cover."

The brand, Itzy Ritzy, finds the whole thing pretty funny too, sharing Farell's viral moment to its official Instagram.

It may be a car seat cover, but that print looks really good on this mama.

And if you want to copy Farell's style, the Itzy Ritzy 4-in-1 Nursing Cover, Car Seat Cover, Shopping Cart Cover and Infinity Scarf (and skirt!) is available on Amazon for $24.94.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy.You've got this.

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Daycare for infants is expensive across the country, and California has one of the worst states for parents seeking care for a baby. Putting an infant in daycare in California costs $2,914 more than in-state tuition for four years of college, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

Paying north of $1,000 for daycare each month is an incredible burden, especially on single-parent families. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines affordable childcare as costing no more than 10% of a family's income—by that definition, less than 29% of families in California can afford infant care. Some single parents spend half their income on day care. It is an incredible burden on working parents.

But that burden may soon get lighter. CBS Sacramento reports California may put between $25 and $35 million into child care programs to make day care more affordable for parents with kids under 3 years old.

Assembly Bill 452, introduced this week, could see $10 million dollars funneled into Early Head Start (which currently gets no money from the state but does get federal funding) and tens of millions more would be spent on childcare for kids under three.

The bill seeks to rectify a broken childcare system. Right now, only about 14% of eligible infants and toddlers are enrolled in subsidized programs in California, and in 2017, only 7% of eligible children younger than three years of age accessed Early Head Start.

An influx of between $25 to $35 million dollars could see more spaces open up for kids under three, as Bill 452, if passed, would see the creation of "grants to develop childcare facilities that serve children from birth to three years of age."

This piece of proposed legislation comes weeks after California's governor announced an ambitious plan for paid parental leave, and as another bill, AB 123, seeks to strengthen the state's pre-kindergarten program.

Right now, it is difficult for some working parents to make a life in California, but by investing in families, the state's lawmakers could change that and change California's future for the better.

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When a mama gets married, in most cases she wants her children to be part of her big day. Photographers are used to hearing bride-to-be moms request lots of pictures of their big day, but when wedding photographer Laura Schaefer of Fire and Gold Photography heard her client Dalton Mort planned to wear her 2-year-old daughter Ellora instead of a veil, she was thrilled.

A fellow mama who understands the benefits of baby-wearing, Schaefer was keen to capture the photos Mort requested. "When I asked Dalton about what some of her 'must get' shots would be for her wedding, she specifically asked for ones of her wearing Ellie, kneeling and praying in the church before the tabernacle," Schaefer tells Motherly.

She got those shots and so many more, and now Mort's toddler-wearing wedding day pics are going viral.

"Dalton wore Ellie down the aisle and nursed her to sleep during the readings," Schaefer wrote on her blog, explaining that Ellie then slept through the whole wedding mass.

"As a fellow mother of an active toddler, this is a HUGE win! Dalton told me after that she was SO grateful that Ellie slept the whole time because she was able to focus and really pray through the Mass," Schaefer explains.

Dalton was able to concentrate on her wedding day because she made her baby girl a part of it (and that obviously tired Ellie right out).

Ellie was part of the commitment and family Dalton if forging with her husband, Jimmy Joe. "There is no better behaved toddler than a sleeping toddler, and she was still involved, even though I ended up unwrapping her to nurse her. I held her in my arms while my husband and I said our vows. It was really special for us," Dalton told POPSUGAR.

This is a wedding trend we are totally here for!

Congrats to Dalton and Jimmy Joe (and to Ellie)! 🎉

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The internet is freaking out about how Peppa Pig is changing the way toddlers speak, but parents don't need to be too worried.

As Romper first reported, plenty of American parents have noticed that preschoolers are picking up a bit of a British accent thanks to Peppa. Romper's Janet Manley calls it "the Peppa effect," noting that her daughter started calling her "Mummy" after an in-flight Peppa marathon.


Plenty of other parents report sharing Manley's experience, but the British accent is not likely to stick, experts say.

Toronto-based speech and language pathologist Melissa James says this isn't a new thing—kids have always been testing out the accents they hear on TV and in the real world, long before Peppa oinked her way into our Netflix queues.

"Kids have this amazing ability to pick up language," James told Global News. "Their brains are ripe for the learning of language and it's a special window of opportunity that adults don't possess."

Global News reports that back in the day there were concerns about Dora The Explorer potentially teaching kids Spanish words before the kids had learned the English counterparts, and over in the U.K., parents have noticed British babies picking up American accents from TV, too.

But it's not a bad thing, James explains. When an American adult hears "Mummy" their brain translates it to "Mommy," but little kids don't yet make as concrete a connection. "When a child, two, three or four, is watching a show with a British accent and hears [words] for the first time, they are mapping out the speech and sound for that word in the British way."

So if your baby is oinking at you, calling you "Mummy" or testing out a new pronunciation of "toh-mah-toe," know that this is totally natural, and they're not going to end up with a life-long British pig accent.

As Dr, Susannah Levi, associate professor of communicative sciences and disorders at New York University, tells The Guardian, "it's really unlikely that they'd be acquiring an entire second dialect from just watching a TV show."

It sure is cute though.

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