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Why Moms Should Ditch Their Kids Every Once In a While

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Why Moms Should Ditch Their Kids Every Once In a While

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With just thirty-one days left to go in the year (and most of that being shopping, holidays, or weekends), all the cutest designs and coolest goodies are vying to get your attention and your hard-earned dollars. We’ve found some adorable and innovative goods, a registry that will get your tummy rumbling, and some practical self-care tips in this edition of Well Rounded’s Weekly Links. 1. All parents want to be the best they can possibly be for their kids, and it may surprise you that one of the best things you can do for them is to ditch them every once in awhile. Author Jancee Dunn penned this insightful article about the outdated belief that women need less alone time than men and how this thought led to resentment in her marriage. Take a look here, then go take a hike (or something). It’ll make you a happier, saner human being. 2. Health alert! The MiNESS study, published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, has revealed evidence indicating that the risk of stillbirths doubles when late-term mothers sleep on their backs. Although they’re not sure why, researchers are hypothesizing that the combined weight of the baby and womb puts pressure on blood vessels which can then restrict blood flow and oxygen to the baby. Find out more and read the study here. 3. Last week, Freshly Picked, known for their leather diaper bag and their super cute baby moccasins, released a new collection of baby booties in partnership with Disney. The classically cute styles feature character favorites like Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck and Goofy. They’re selling out quickly, but you can check out the collection here. 4. Do you love pizza so much you’ve considered giving up your firstborn for it? Or had a 2 am nursery craving for a hot, cheesy slice? Well, DOMINO’S HAS A BABY REGISTRY. And yes, I’m 100% serious. In addition to registering for pizza specials, expectant parents can also choose from a wide range of onesies, party invites, maternity gear and more. Plus, if your baby is more than thirty minutes late, they’re free. 5. Need a little more privacy when you’re nursing or changing on the go? The Kooi Cover is a handy, hands-free cover that allows moms to nurse or change their babies with added privacy. Now raising funds on Kickstarter, the Kooi attaches to any stroller easily. I’m not generally one to cover when nursing, but I love the video using this shield as a toddler changing stall on beach days.

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


Watch one mama's review of the new Dr. Brown's breastfeeding line here:

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