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15 Helpful Products That Make Breastfeeding Easier

03/12/2014 at 04:00 PM ET

Belly Armor Radiation Protection CoverCourtesy Belly Armor

Breastfeeding may just be the most unnatural natural thing a new mother can do.

While the rewards are ultimately great, it’s far from easy in the beginning. There’s a steep learning curve with plenty of stumbling blocks along the way, and your little partner in the journey is pretty darn demanding.

And for those who return to work outside the home and want to continue nursing, there’s a whole new set of complicating factors.

Luckily, there are plenty of products out there to help moms along. Is it possible to breastfeed without such accessories? Of course.

But adding a few key pieces to your arsenal only makes things easier. And what new mom doesn’t like easy?

Check out my top picks below:
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We Tried It: Ameda Purely Yours Ultra Double Electric Breast Pump

01/30/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

Ameda Purely Yours Ultra Double Electric Breast Pump Review Courtesy Ameda

Who tried it: Julia Wang, Features Director

Why she did it: As any mom who plans to continue breastfeeding after returning to work knows, your breast pump becomes your best friend. It’s the one piece of equipment you turn to to continue providing nourishment for your little one when you can’t be there in person to nurse. Plus, it has to be discreet and can’t let you down — all of which amounts to a lot of pressure to find “The Pump That Will Deliver.”

I started using the Ameda Purely Yours Ultra after a week of trying to express milk — and failing miserably — with another double electric pump. Already frazzled that I wasn’t able to properly express milk for several days, my Ameda arrived in the mail. Hallelujah?
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We Tried It: Evenflo Deluxe Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump

12/08/2013 at 11:00 AM ET

Let’s face it: If you’re a working mother, you will develop a highly intimate relationship with your breast pump.

And depending on how many hours you work and how often your baby eats, you could be sitting down with your pump three, four, even five times a day — even more for stay-at-home moms who pump exclusively. So finding the right piece of equipment is of the utmost importance.

We recently had the opportunity to try out the Evenflo Deluxe Advanced Double Electric ($130). Here’s a breakdown of what works well (and what doesn’t):

Evenflo Deluxe Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump ReviewCourtesy Evenflo

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Kristen Bell Reveals New ‘Backstage Beauty Routine’ at CMT Awards

06/06/2013 at 04:00 PM ET

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Kristen Bell may be a first-time mom, but she’s a second-time host at this year’s CMT Music Awards.

Walking the red carpet in a form-fitting black Zuhair Murad leather dress with her long blonde hair worn down on Wednesday, Bell, 32, looked glamorous but had mommy duties on the brain.

Prior to the show’s start, a trim Bell revealed the new mom-friendly way she prepares for a big event.

“My new backstage beauty routine #pumpit #pumppumpitup #CMTAwards,” she Tweeted, sharing a photo of her Medela Freestyle breast milk pump.

Bell and her fiancé Dax Shepard welcomed daughter Lincoln in late March.
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Great Ideas! 15 Gadgets That Make New Moms’ Lives Easier

05/10/2013 at 10:00 AM ET

Cool Gadgets for New Moms
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When you’re expecting, it’s hard to know what you really need when your little one arrives.

And the last thing you want is to have a house full of useless baby products collecting dust.

PEOPLE.com editor and mom-of-two (she recently welcomed her second daughter) Amy Jamieson helps take the guesswork out of which gadgets are really worth checking out.

From a formula dispenser to an on-the-go bottle warmer, here’s her list of indispensable tools for mamas who already have their hands full.

Check it out below:
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Jenna Dewan-Tatum Teams Up with Bravado! Designs for Charity

05/08/2013 at 10:00 AM ET

Jenna Dewan Tatum Bravado Designs Baby Buggy
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Now that Jenna Dewan-Tatum is expecting her first child, she’s learning first hand all the products moms-to-be and new moms need to have a successful pregnancy and breastfeeding experience.

That’s why the actress has partnered with nursing apparel manufacturer Bravado! Designs to donate $214,000 worth of nursing bras to Jessica Seinfeld‘s non-profit organization Baby Buggy, which is dedicated to providing families in need with products, clothing and educational services for their infants and children.

“I am lucky to have the essential gear, not to mention the support of my husband, family and friends as I begin my motherhood and breastfeeding journey, I realize not all new moms are as fortunate,” says Dewan-Tatum.
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Giveaway: A Comfort & Harmony Mombo Deluxe Nursing Pillow (a $50 Value!)

05/06/2013 at 12:00 AM ET

Comfort & Harmony Mombo Nursing Pillow Giveaway
Courtesy Comfort & Harmony

Not only does Comfort & Harmony‘s Mombo Deluxe pillow ($50) have a unique shape designed to keep moms and their little ones comfy, but it’s the first-ever two-sided nursing pillow with a soft and firm side.

Even better: it vibrates to help soothe your baby to sleep. Want one? The company is giving one away to 10 lucky Moms & Babies readers.

Hurry up and enter for your chance to win! Online entries must be received between 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on 5/6/13 and 11:59 p.m. (ET) on 5/12/13. See Official Rules.

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