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Find your group: 10 mom groups that are totally amazing

1. Meetup.com

Meetup.com hosts nearly 4,000 SAHM groups in 1,500 cities around the world and the odds are very high that there is at least one group near you. Groups include stroller meet-ups, breastfeeding moms, babywearing, attachment parenting, moms of multiples, moms of special needs kids, and so much more. Most groups are free to join and host no- or low-cost events.

2. Mocha Moms, Inc.

Mocha Moms is “the premier voice and support group for mothers of color." Founded in the spring of 1997 as a newsletter distributed to over 100 mothers across the country, the first Mocha Moms group was established in Maryland in the summer of 1997 and has grown to over 100 chapters throughout the U.S. Click here to find a chapter.


3. Online Communities

Virtual friends can be another awesome resource for at-home moms. In addition to Facebook groups (there's one for literally every topic, and if not, why not start your own!), online forums are full of at-home moms looking for advice, camaraderie, and understanding. Try CircleofMoms.com and its SAHM community, or CafeMom.com.

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4. Mothers & More

Founded in 1987, Mothers & More consists of “moms who have left the paid workplace and those who are working for pay part-time, full-time and everything in between." It tenets include advocacy for all mothers and respect for all the work done by mothers, paid or unpaid. Click here to find your local chapter or even start your own.

5. Holistic Moms Network

Originally founded in 2002 in New Jersey, the Holistic Moms Network purports to empower parents who are passionate about natural living by offering “support, community, and connection." Click here to find your local chapter.

6. La Leche League (LLL)

For information and support surrounding breastfeeding, La Leche League International (and its U.S. site) is the premier resource. LLL is available literally 24-hours a day via its Breastfeeding Helpline, but local groups provide a safe place for questions, on-hand assistance, and mom-to-mom support.

7. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

MOPS is a support group, often hosted by churches, that offers members mentoring, creative activities, and childcare during meetings. Click here to find your local group, one of nearly 4,000 in the U.S. and around the world.

8. Babywearing International (BWI)

If you wear your little one or are interested in learning more about baby carriers, Babywearing International is the ultimate resource. BWI offers more than 85 local chapters across the U.S. offering meet-ups weekly or monthly, but you can also explore babywearing online. Facebook is full of vibrant babywearing communities, from large general information groups to manufacturer-specific groups, even babywearing support groups for parents of kids with special needs.

9. National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs (a.k.a. Multiples of America)

With over 25,000 members in 400 local support groups nationwide, Multiples of America provides support to parents of multiple birth children, as well as an annual national report and convention. Click here to find a local club.

10. MOMS (Mothers Offering Mothers Support) Club

MOMS Club touts itself as “the first, largest, and fastest-growing support group specifically for ALL at-home mothers" and offers chapters across the country with varying member dues. Click here to view many of their local chapters, but since not all chapters maintain a website, click here to fill out a form and they will contact you with your closest chapter.

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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.

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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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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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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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