Our book 'This is Motherhood' is hitting bookstores—and so are we

Being a part of #TeamMotherly can make it feel like you have 1.5 million mama friends who get it, and can step in on the hard days and say, "You've got this, mama."

We're redefining motherhood with you, and we want to meet you and show you our new baby, Motherly's first book, This Is Motherhood.

A Motherly collection of reflections and practices, This Is Motherhood was written by #TeamMotherly mamas. These women shared their diverse and inspiring stories and are helping take our community offline, and put it on your coffee table.

Meet the women behind the book at Motherly events happening this month:

Words Bookstore in Maplewood, New Jersey

On Thursday, March 14th at 7:00 pm Motherly co-founder and host of The Motherly Podcast, sponsored by Prudential, Liz Tenety will be at Words Bookstore in Maplewood, New Jersey. Come meet Liz and other This Is Motherhood contributing authors and learn more about how motherhood transformed Liz's life and how this book reflects yours.

Theory Wine Bar + Listening Room in Andover, Massachusetts

On Thursday, March 21st at 6:30 pm This is Motherly editor and contributing author Colleen Temple will be at Theory Wine Bar + Listening Room in Andover, Massachusetts (in partnership with the Andover Bookstore). Colleen brought this book to life, and brought together moms with a diverse range of experiences because as she says, "Motherhood unites us—it doesn't divide us."

Books, Inc in Palo Alto, California

On Thursday, March 21st at 7:00 pm Motherly co-founder Jill Koziol, as well as This is Motherly contributing authors Anne-Marie Gambelin (Motherly's Features Editor) and Azizah Rowen will be at Books, Inc in Palo Alto. Come meet Jill as she marks this incredible moment in the life of Motherly. We've always been with you on online, but with This is Motherhood we're taking our relationship to the next level, offline.

We can't wait to see #TeamMotherly at our book events. By moms, for moms—order your copy of This is Motherhood today.

Order on Amazon, $16.34

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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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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