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Breastfeeding Week Pick: Hygeia Breast Pump

This week, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, our contributors are sharing their favorite nursing picks.I’ve never actually needed to pump other than for comfort until my most recent baby. Thank goodness I’ve had the Hygeia Breast Pump to keep me company on various hotel rooms and yes, even airport bathrooms. The rechargeable battery is genius, but the recording feature that lets me bring the sounds of my baby with me really makes this such a smart choice.- Kristen More World Breastfeeding Week Picks: Medela Nursing Cami, BOOB Nursing TopsThe Breastfeeding BuddyBella Materna Nursing BraNursing Halter...

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Breastfeeding Week Pick: Medela Nursing Cami

This week, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we’ve asked our contributors to share their favorite nursing picks. I was quite surprised at how quickly my daughter and I both took to breast feeding. It turned out my girl had a fierce appetite and suddenly I needed to be at the ready 24/7. The Medela nursing cami made my life unbelievably easier when we got the hang of it and were in the full swing of nursing. With the nifty straps that made me easy access without having to expose my entire body I felt more comfortable and in control. And...

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Breastfeeding Week Pick: BOOB Design nursing tops

In honor of National Breastfeeding Week, we’ve asked our contributors to share their favorite nursing picks. This panicky feeling hits you when you realize you’re still nursing, you’re going back to work, and your entire wardrobe is in such condition that Goodwill would reject it. So I fell in love with the BOOB nursing tops when they were introduced to me by the gurus at New York’s esteemed Upper Breast Side (best name ever, right?) which put my wardrobe fears to rest. The fabrics are high quality and forgiving, and I love the convenient flap on the outside of...

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Web Coolness – adorable school lunches, breastfeeding gear and amazing children’s bedrooms from around the world

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. First-day-of-school coming up? Make lunch worthy of the big moment with these amazing boxed-lunch ideas. In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, check out Kristen’s 5 favorite breastfeeding products. (and search our archives for more great breastfeeding aides) Great read: The oxygen-mask principle as it applies to parenting. This modern dollhouse is gorgeous, inspiring and a DIY project. Just don’t let the kids see it, or they’ll ask you to make them one. (via lil magoolie) Such a smart use of under-stair space...

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Breastfeeding Week Pick: Chewbeads

This week, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we’ve asked our contributors to share their favorite nursing picks. There’s a stage of breastfeeding for which none of the books really prepare you: the one where the baby nurses while simultaneously doing, oh, everything else. For my kids, that meant trying to breastfeed while sticking fingers in my nose and doing handstands. The only thing that distracted them enough to circumvent the acrobatics and get down to the business of eating: when I wore eye-catching, nice-feeling jewelry. These super-chic Chewbeads are ideal for getting babes’ attention–and they’re silicone and BPA/PVC/phthalate-free,...

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Breastfeeding Week Pick: Milk Nursingwear Halter Dress

This week, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we’ve asked our contributors to share their favorite nursing picks. I was lucky– nursing was easy for me. Dressing fashionably while nursing, however, was impossible. In between spit-up, juggling the baby, and babywearing, I spent a sum total of four years in oversized, stretched-out henleys– yes, even in summer. If I had seen a nursing dress as easy, beautiful, and smart as this gorgeous halter dress by Milk Nursingwear, I would have totally swooned. The self esteem boost alone is worth the price tag! – Delilah More Breastfeeding Week Picks: The...

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Breastfeeding Week Pick: The Breastfeeding Buddy

This week, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we’ve asked our contributors to share their favorite nursing picks. How annoying is it to have to carry around dozens of different cloths, bibs and blankets whenever you take your baby out? The Breastfeeding Buddy, a handy little strip of fabric with clips on both ends, allows you to get double duty from those various baby blankies. Clip one on and it transforms any blanket or swaddler into a hooter hider. Genius.  -Melissa Stay tuned this week for more great nursing picks. And if you missed Monday’s post, click to check...

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Breastfeeding Week Pick: Bella Materna Nursing Bras

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we’ve asked our contributors to share their favorite nursing picks. When it comes to nursing, I’m an anywhere, anytime kind of gal. In grocery stores, while talking on the phone, while walking with baby in a carrier (maybe even all of those at once if I’m feeling particularly crazy). I couldn’t do it without my very favorite nursing bras from Bella Materna. I love all of their styles, but the Anytime Bralet makes my life especially easy. The Italian microfiber (fancy!) is so great that I’m still using the same bras with baby...

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The Breast Milk Baby Doll – Because not all babies take bottles

You may have already gotten wind of the world’s first Breast Milk Baby Doll, now available in the US. And of course, it’s stirring up all sorts of controversy. As hard as my husband and I tried, we could only get my older three breastfed kids take a bottle a handful of times. It seemed only natural, then, that when they’d play with a baby doll, they’d pretend to breastfeed it. So you can imagine how curious I was to learn more about this doll. At first glance, the Breast Milk Baby Doll looks like any other cute little...

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Simplisse Gia nursing pillow gives breastfeeding a whole new angle

You would think that after breastfeeding four kids, it would be a little bit like riding a bicycle. And in my head, it has been. But for my body? No way. Ouch! Yes, even a fourth-time breastfeeder still uses her pillow, except my old faithful has now been replaced with a new brilliant find. The Simplisse Gia nursing pillow was created by one smart lactation consultant. It’s firm enough to help you support the baby but is brilliantly angled from thick to thin, allowing you to use the pillow comfortably in various positions but most obviously, keep the baby’s...

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Beaba Bib’expresso – Bottle warming as easy as making a cup of coffee

My three oldest kiddos were boob snobs and rarely took a bottle, but my fourth little one has been much more receptive, making life much easier for me. Mostly. I would never have thought it before, but now I understand that for newbies, heating up breastmilk and making formula bottles can actually be challenging at times–like when the baby is already fussing and crying. While we’ve never recommended a bottle warmer before, and frankly, find most of them kind of silly, there happens to be a super amazing new gadget for bottle-feeding moms, that I really can stand behind....

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A nursing dress that looks nothing like a nursing dress

Even though I’m still breastfeeding my six-month old every few hours, I somehow forget that little fact when I go shopping and want to buy all these adorable sundresses for myself. Lifting my dress up over my head every time the baby needs to eat is really not an option. But that’s all changed since finding this adorable, affordable nursing dress that I plan to live in all summer long. I’m once again impressed with the budget-friendly breastfeeding clothes from Milk Nursingwear, this time with their gorgeous, bright halter-style nursing dress that delivers in both fit and function. Unlike...

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Who says pregnancy can’t be sexy?

At 38 weeks pregnant, I can honestly say I feel about as unsexy as a sack of potatoes. But just like putting a smile on your face is supposed to make you feel happier, wearing sexy lingerie should do the same thing, right? That was my mindset when I tried on a set of aggressively saucy purple and black lace lingerie. We’ve all heard the term “hot mama” before, but You! Lingerie, a collection of nursing bras and maternity lingerie is taking the yummy mummy look to extremes. The Azalea Orchid (pictured), the set I was sent, is a...

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Breast Milk Popsicles – Surprisingly, not bad at all.

Now that spring is here, a kid’s (and uh, a mom’s) fancy turns to ice cream–arguably our favorite of all the food groups. We consider ourselves ice cream connoisseurs around here, but I have to say, I was surprised to try a brand new ice cream made from, of all things, breast milk. Mother’s Milk Pops are a family effort in more ways than one. They’re the creation of mom Janis, a lactation consultant, and her husband, Leif, a pastry chef in Berkeley, California. When her children had finally weaned after four years (wow!) they had so much remaining...

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5 great picks you might have missed this week – let’s hear it for the girls

While we love finding cool things for the cool boys of the world, this week, we want to hear it for the girls– little girls, big girls, and uh… “the girls.” 1. Who needs expensive hair clips when you can make them yourself? This free, easy Valentine’s tutorial will yield heaps of happy handmade hearts for her hair. 2. We’ve found the holy green grail of breast pumps. Finally, an environmentally conscious choice that you can legally lend or resell! 3. The prettiest, fanciest, twirliest, sparkliest, most princesstastic girls’ dress up clothes we’ve ever seen can be found here....

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Glamourmom – Now up to 70% off

I spend almost all of my breastfeeding hours in Glamour Mom nursing tanks and I have the credit card bills to show it. But with their new private sales member club you can now score between 30-70% off these awesome breastfeeding tops. If you’re not familiar with Glamourmom tanks, they are a comfortable, cotton stretch tank tops with a supportive nursing bra that’s smartly fit inside. It’s pure nursing wear genius, really. But unlike many of then nursing tanks out there, they come in a variety of styles – tanks that work under another shirt with more bra-like straps...

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The best breast pump you’ve never heard of

I’ve always been a pretty casual user breast pump user, since I work from home and rarely leave the baby (sigh). However this year, we decided to leave my littlest one with my mom for a few days so I could spend some quality time with my other three kiddos on a short jaunt. And that means my casual pumping was not going to cut it. It was the perfect opportunity to try out a new breast pump that bills itself as a green breast pump, which helps to keep the 2 million pumps purchased each year out of...

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Chewbeads – Mom jewelry for your main accessory

I had not yet felt a great need for mom jewelry. For me, wearing my child’s name around my neck felt redundant because frankly, she is hanging around my neck.(After 15 months of breastfeeding and a total failure to ever accept a bottle, my husband has deemed her my “appendage.”) But here is some mom jewelry me (and my appendage) can really go for. Because it’s meant for babies too. Created by Lisa Greenwald, a former fashion-babe turned mom, Chewbeads is a line of non-toxic jewelry inspired by Lisa’s teething son. Sure, we’ve seen teething jewelry before- but this...

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Milk Nursingwear – Does a breastfeeding mama good

As a long time breastfeeding mom, I tend to just pop on a nursing tank under a regular shirt and go on my merry nursing way. But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the value of a great nursing top, particularly when I’m out in public or traveling. So I’m glad to have discovered a new one to add to my arsenal of breastfeeding shirts. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] The discreet and well-priced nursing tops designed by mom Elisa Hartstein of Milk Nursingwear. are a smart addition to any breastfeeding mom’s wardrobe; whether you’re just...

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Does a nursing bra equal bliss? Relatively speaking, yes.

We, like everyone else in the world, have long been fans of Bravado! bras and their well-priced, comfortable nursing bras. But with the launch of their new Bliss Maternity Bra, I think they definitely upped the ante. I’m a huge fan of soft-cup nursing bras, mostly because they offer fantastic coverage under t-shirts and other tighter fitting clothes, and never scream, “Hey, I’m wearing a nursing bra and a breast pad!” to the world.  But Bravado has added a few extra touches making this a little different than the typical soft-cup nursing bras out there–like the wider shoulder and...

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