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Breastfeeding Essentials $2,000 Giveaway

Win $2,000 of nursing prizes!

Breastfeeding Essentials $2,000 Giveaway

When it comes to breastfeeding, the right support is everything. That means knowledge and encouragement, of course, but also gear. A great breast pump. The best nursing and pumping bras. A cozy nursing nook. In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we’ve teamed up with Motherly and Babylist to give away $2,000 in breastfeeding basics. Enter below, then scroll down to see all the amazing prizes in this package that will help start your breastfeeding journey off right.

The Land of Nod $500 Gift Card. You’ll be spending a lot of time in your nursery those first few breastfeeding weeks, so make it dreamy with some furniture or decor from Land of Nod. Every investment-grade piece is as comfortable as it is chic, but also high-quality, durable and meets the very highest safety standards out there. Win $500 towards a nursing nook you’ll never want to leave.

 

Lansinoh Double Electric Breast Pump & Bottles. One of the single most important things that will help you continue your nursing journey when you go back to work is a great pump. The Lansinoh® Smartpump™ is tops, with three pumping styles and eight adjustable suction levels, a closed-system design, and a quiet motor. It also connects to your smartphone to help you track pumping & feeding. You’ll also win 3 sets of Lansinoh’s Momma bottles. ($240)

 

Earth Mama Angel Baby Year’s Supply of Breastfeeding Goodies. Founded by a nurse, herbalist, and real mother, Earth Mama Angel Baby is known for its organic, safe, zero-toxin products for pregnancy and postpartum. Win a package filled with all your breastfeeding skincare needs, including Natural Nipple Butter, Booby Tubes, Lip Balms (3), as well as lactogenic Organic Milkmaid Tea, in a pretty Earth Mama Mega Tote. ($150)

 

boob Nursing Fashion. If you’re a nursing mama, everything you wear has to be breast-accessible. boob’s got some of the chicest breastfeeding fashion out there, and each piece has a signature nursing overlap to make feeding a breeze. The fall line is made nearly entirely with sustainable materials, and there’s even athleisure styles for working out. Plus everything’s maternity friendly, so stock up now! Win $150 site credit. ($150)

 

Motherly Video Classes. When it comes to support for a new mama, the folks at Motherly are pros. To complement their their curated weekly advice for your motherhood journey, Motherly’s new video classes, Love It and Work It, will help you navigate nursing, new baby and nurturing yourself. Win both 4-week video classes, and get expert guidance, interactive programming and an inspiring community. ($158)

 

Baby K'tan Wrap & Accessories. Nothing will make those first few weeks with baby easier than babywearing, and the Baby K’tan wrap is as easy -- and comfortable -- as they come. Cozy up with baby in between nursing sessions, or go ahead and have a nursing session with your new Baby K’tan Breeze Wrap, and also win a diaper bag, onesie, baby hat and K’tanCloth. ($150)

 

The Dairy Fairy Nursing & Pumping Intimates. Think you need a nursing bra AND a pumping bra? Not true. The Dairy Fairy’s functional, adjustable and gorgeous collection of intimates works as both, meaning you don’t have to keep switching in and out of different bras throughout your nursing journey. Did we mention they’re also beautiful? Pumping in a chemise can be sexy! Win $150 credit to pick out your favorites.

 

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) with their Nursing Pads (2 boxes), Eco-pure Premium Disposable Nursing Pads (2 boxes), 100% Organic Nipple Balm, Chic Nursing Shawl and Nursing Brahhh. ($150)

 

Dapple Cleaning Products. New mama, there’s no way around it: cleaning your pump parts sucks. But dapple’s plant-based and baby-friendly cleaning products are specifically targeted to clean baby’s unique messes, which makes them a godsend for a new, breastfeeding mama. They’re also biodegradable, and free of parabens, formaldehyde, SLS and SLES, as well as synthetic dyes or fragrances. Win $150 worth of dapple products. ($150)

 

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 new Abby bag, with thermal-lined pockets, cool colorblocking and even a spot for your laptop. ($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 2 Milk-Savers (one for work and one for home!), 2 Milk Trays, 2 Freeze storage systems and 3 boxes of breast milk storage bags. ($150)

 

Original photography by Belle Savransky.

Time-saving formula tips our editors swear by

Less time making bottles, more time snuggling.

As a new parent, it can feel like feeding your baby is a full-time job—with a very demanding nightshift. Add in the additional steps it takes to prepare a bottle of formula and, well… we don't blame you if you're eager to save some time when you can. After all, that means more time for snuggling your baby or practicing your own well-deserved self-care.

Here's the upside: Many, many formula-feeding mamas before you have experienced the same thing, and they've developed some excellent tricks that can help you mix up a bottle in record time. Here are the best time-saving formula tips from editors here at Motherly.

1. Use room temperature water

The top suggestion that came up time and time again was to introduce bottles with room temperature water from the beginning. That way, you can make a bottle whenever you need it without worrying about warming up water—which is a total lifesaver when you have to make a bottle on the go or in the middle of the night.

2. Buy online to save shopping time

You'll need a lot of formula throughout the first year and beyond—so finding a brand like Comforts, which offers high-quality infant formula at lower prices, will help you save a substantial amount of money. Not to mention, you can order online or find the formula on shelves during your standard shopping trip—and that'll save you so much time and effort as well.

3. Pre-measure nighttime bottles

The middle of the night is the last time you'll want to spend precious minutes mixing up a bottle. Instead, our editors suggest measuring out the correct amount of powder formula into a bottle and putting the necessary portion of water on your bedside table. That way, all you have to do is roll over and combine the water and formula in the bottle before feeding your baby. Sounds so much better than hiking all the way to the kitchen and back at 3 am, right?

4. Divide serving sizes for outings

Before leaving the house with your baby, divvy up any portions of formula and water that you may need during your outing. Then, when your baby is hungry, just combine the pre-measured water and powder serving in the bottle. Our editors confirm this is much easier than trying to portion out the right amount of water or formula while riding in the car.

5. Memorize the mental math

Soon enough, you'll be able to prepare a bottle in your sleep. But, especially in the beginning or when increasing your baby's serving, the mental math can take a bit of time. If #mombrain makes it tough to commit the measurements to memory, write up a cheat sheet for yourself or anyone else who will prepare your baby's bottle.

6. Warm up chilled formula with water

If you're the savvy kind of mom who prepares and refrigerates bottles for the day in advance, you'll probably want to bring it up to room temperature before serving. Rather than purchase a bottle warmer, our editors say the old-fashioned method works incredibly well: Just plunge the sealed bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes and—voila!—it's ready to serve.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on Comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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