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We are HERE for Daphne Oz’s comments about finding a ‘healthy balance’ as a mom 👏

Every day won’t feel perfectly balanced—and that’s okay.

We are HERE for Daphne Oz’s comments about finding a ‘healthy balance’ as a mom 👏

When you become a mama, it may feel like you’re using the word “balance” more than ever before. We’re all just trying to achieve that elusive balance when it comes to work, family time, relationship time, personal time, exercise, food choices... The list goes on.


For Daphne Oz, a multitasking mama of three, the secret is not to worry about achieving a perfect balance every. single. day. Instead, she just aims to find some big-picture equilibrium.

Oz shared this philosophy in a recent Instagram post, which follows some refreshingly candid comments about her fourth-trimester body and her laid-back approach to eating healthier.

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“We had tons of family over, St. Patrick’s Day, and general celebration so I decided the way to make this work long term is to take 1-2 days off over the week,” Oz shares in her new post, where she details all the delectable treats she had.

“It was DIVINE. But it feels good to get back on track today, and also to have been able to take a breather and enjoy the things I love, too.”

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Oz went on to share her bottom line: “It’s about discovering your happy balance, and I find it’s easier to stick with a few very simple, very strict rules when I’m being ? and to really enjoy being ?, too.”

Although Oz was talking specifically about her eating plan, there is SO much in this that applies to life in general. Sometimes we’ve just got to truck through the challenges so that we can fully enjoy the fun moments.

That’s because, let’s be honest, few days feel perfectly balanced. Some seem like 90% work (both at work and at home) while others feel like everything falls naturally into place. And when you try to balance everything, every day, it’s probably just going to feel like a losing battle.

But when you aim for long-term success instead of perfect days it can make those times when everything seems so out of balance much easier to handle—and when you do get those perfect days they’re all the more enjoyable.

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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.

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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!

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Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

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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.

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Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

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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. 🙌

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Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

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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.

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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.

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Washable Breast Pads

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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.

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Breast Milk Storage Bags

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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.

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