You know you’re trying to conceive when...

Keep your sense of humor, sister. You’re going to need it throughout parenthood, so why not strengthen it now?!

You know you’re trying to conceive when...

Baby-making doesn’t always come easy. It can feel stressful instead of spontaneous. It can feel like a chore instead of an act of love and passion. And that’s totally normal!

We’re confident that if you and your partner can communicate with one another and keep your sense of humor intact throughout your conception journey, you’ll do just fine.

You’re going to need that sense of humor throughout pregnancy and parenthood, so why not strengthen it now?! ?

You know you’re trying to conceive when...

1. You’re powerless against Amazon Prime.

When you buy a jumbo pack of ovulation test strip/pregnancy test strip combo packs from Amazon and think, That’s not enough. Should I add it to my monthly subscribe-and-save?


We’re not judging.

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2. Your nights are heating up...

...with dreams of a slightly elevated temp in the morning. Or not really “dreams,” per se, because you stay awake wondering what your exact temperature will be when you take it in a few hours.

Is it time yet??

3. Your partner asks if you’re ovulating before getting into bed.

Sex or sleep: Which am I supposed to do? This is what your partner wonders now before bed. So he simply checks in every night by saying, “Are you ovulating right now, or am I allowed to go to sleep?”

Sexy. ???

4. You’re always telling yourself not to worry.

The many times you’ve said, “Okay, I’m not going to worry about it anymore. I’m just going to let it happen....”

Easier said than done, am I right?

5. You’re trying new positions (in a way...).

Like lying with your legs up after sex. Welcome to the new post-sex norm.

Hey, it may work!

6. The Big O has a new meaning.

The “O” references ovulation now, instead of the previously more important “O” word...

Oreos, obviously.

7. You’re perfecting your ? face.

When you see another Facebook post announcing a pregnancy, you can’t control it—your eyes start to roll. Yes, you still give it a heart... and then immediately look for some Ben & Jerry’s.

You’re not not happy. You’re just ready for your own announcement.

8. You say to your husband, “STOP RIGHT THERE!”

You make your husband turn around as he’s heading out the door for work, because it’s time.

Drop your pants, honey—let’s make a baby.

9. You want to say to everyone else, “Leave me alone!”

You secretly curse every person who asks, “When are you going to have kids already?!”

Lay off me, Aunt Debra—I’m trying!

10. You have a whole new relationship with pregnancy tests...

The single line on your pregnancy test once brought you a big sigh of relief. Now it’s your arch enemy.

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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.


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!


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.


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. 🙌


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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