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9 TED Talks to inspire working mamas

You're killing it at work. You're a supermama. You're an amazing partner. (Okay, sometimes you eat leftover cake for breakfast. No judgment here.) We all need some motivation to get us through the hard days, and encouragement on the good ones.

Here are TED Talks that will inspire + energize you in your career.

1. Amy Cuddy: Your body language may shape who you are  

Need another reason to stand tall, shake hands firmly and speak with confidence?Social psychologist Amy Cuddy explains how walking with confidence doesn't just make you look confident—it actually transforms how confident you feel:

"Our bodies change our minds and our minds can change our behavior, and our behavior can change our outcomes."

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2. Shonda Rhimes: My year of saying yes to everything

Shonda Rhimes, the powerhouse behind 70 hours of television per season discusses the power of saying yes—specifically when she says 'yes' to playing with her kids, even when she's working so hard at a career she loves:

"I understood that saying 'yes' to playing with my children likely saved my career."

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3. Tiffany N. Stallings: Unleash the mom guilt

When Tiffany Stallings gets an email from her daughter asking her when she's coming home, she feels the burden of mom guilt. She uncovers three truths that help guide her on the journey of letting go of the fears in motherhood:

"I felt guilty because I didn't breastfeed long enough. I felt guilty because on the weekends I simply wanted to rest instead of shuttling my children to get to another playdate. I felt guilty because I couldn't afford to stay at home with them and I had to put them in daycare."

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4. Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders

The Facebook COO and Lean In founder's TEDx Talk is a classic in the genre. Outlining the forces that keep women out of top leadership positions in the business world, Sandberg makes the case:

"I think a world where half of our countries and our companies were run by women would be a better world."

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5. Nila Kaushik: Mompreneurs-mothers as entrepreneurs

After realizing how her career changed after becoming a mom, Neela Kaushik realized that she wanted to encourage other moms to do things for themselves and embrace their influence in and out of the workplace.

6. Anne-Marie Slaughter: Can we all 'have it all'?

The work-life thought leader makes the case that not only do women need to be more valued at work, but that family life needs to be valued more in society in general:

"I was raised to believe that championing women's rights meant doing everything we could to get women to the top. And I still hope that I live long enough to see men and women equally represented at all levels of the workforce. But I've come to believe that we have to value family every bit as much as we value work, and that we should entertain the idea that doing right by those we love will make all of us better at everything we do."

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7. Hanna Rosin: New data on the rise of women

Why are women so awesome?It's a question we ask ourselves all the time 👯 . Reporter Hanna Rosin dug into the data and found some fascinating nuggets:

"[Women] are starting to dominate lots of professions—doctors, lawyers, bankers, accountants. Over 50% of managers are women these days, and in the 15 professions projected to grow the most in the next decade, all but two of them are dominated by women... We're now going through an amazing and unprecedented moment where the power dynamics between men and women are shifting very rapidly, and in many of the places where it counts the most, women are, in fact, taking control of everything."

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8. Jessica Shortall: The American case for paid maternity leave

Author and activist Jessica Shortall's case for paid maternity leave, outlined in her TEDx Talk, will make you mad. And then it will make you act.Before they have kids, millennial woman out-earn their male counterparts. More women than ever (40%) are the primary breadwinners for their families.And yet America remains one of the last countries on Earth without some form of paid leave for new mothers:

"It is long since time for the most powerful country on Earth to offer national paid leave to the people doing the work of the future of this country and to the babies who represent that future. Childbirth is a public good. This leave should be state-subsidized. It should have no exceptions for small businesses, small business or entrepreneurs. It should be able to be shared between partners—I've talked today about mothers, but co-parents matter on so many levels. Not one more woman should have to go back to work while she is hobbling and bleeding. Not one more family should have to drain their savings account to buy a few days of rest and recovery and bonding."

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9. Anne Murphy Brown: Moms on the job

Anne Murphy Brown, author of Legally Mom and director of the Legal Studies Program at Ursuline College, shares her own journey as a mother and an attorney in this TEDx Talk.Giving an overview of the real-world challenges of being a working mom, especially for those who don't have paid leave, Brown advocates for major policy changed in the United States when it comes to motherhood. She reminds the audience:

"Working motherhood is here to stay."


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.

The absence of a trial makes it all the more important to prepare in other ways for breastfeeding success—and it can be as simple as adding a few of our lactation aiding favorites to your registry.

MilkBliss chocolate chip soft baked lactation cookies

MilkBliss lactation cookies

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.

$23

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.

$20

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.

$12.50

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.

$47

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.

$25

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.

$59

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.

$36

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.

$99

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One of our main goals as mothers is to encourage our children to learn, grow and play. They start out as our tiny, adorable babies who need us for everything, and somehow, before you know it, they grow into toddlers with ideas and opinions and desires of their own.

You may be hearing a lot more of "I do it!" or maybe they're pushing your hand away as a signal to let you know, I don't need your help, Mama. That's okay. They're just telling you they're ready for more independence. They want to be in charge of their bodies, and any little bit of control their lives and abilities allow.

So, instead of challenging your toddler's desire for autonomy, we found five of our favorite products to help encourage independence—and eliminate frustration in the process.

EKOBO Bamboo 4-piece kid set

EKOBO bamboo 4-piece kid set

This colorful set includes a plate, cup, bowl and spoon and is just right for your child's meal experience. Keep them in an easy-to-reach cabinet so they'll feel encouraged (and excited!) to get their own place setting each time they eat.

$25

Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Before you know it, your little one will be asking (okay, maybe demanding) to fill their own water cups. This amazing 4-pack of cups attaches directly to the fridge (or any glass, metal, tile or fiberglass surface) making it easier for your child to grab a cup themselves. Just be sure a water pitcher or dispenser is nearby, and—boom!—one task off your plate.

$29

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

These beautiful blocks, made from sustainably-sourced wood and water-based, non-toxic, lead-free paint, will keep your little one focused on their creation while they're also busy working on their fine-motor skills. The puzzle design will encourage patience as your kiddo creates their own building, fitting one block in after the next.

$18

Lorena Canals basket

Lorena Canals Basket

This *gorgeous* braided cotton basket is the perfect, accessible home for their blocks (and whatever else you want to hide away!) so your kiddo can grab them (and clean them up) whenever their heart desires.

$29

BABYBJÖRN step stool

BABYBJ\u00d6RN Step Stool

Your kiddo might be ready to take on the world, but they might need an extra boost to do so—cue, a step stool! An easy-to-move lightweight stool is the must-have confidence-boosting tool you need in your home so your growing tot can reach, well... the world.

$20

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Our list of 100 baby names that should be on everyone's list this year includes more choices than in the past of names that are obscure and surprising. That's because there are so many more unusual baby names coming into widespread use and baby namers have become a lot more adventurous.

Expectant parents do not need to be told to move beyond Jennifer and Jason. Their thinking about names has evolved to the point that the most useful thing we can do is offer a large menu of intriguing choices.

Here are our picks for the 100 best surprising + unusual baby names now.


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