Pumping breastmilk requires planning and it’s almost like packing your lunchbox before the next work day. Here are my essentials for pumping.
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Breast Pump Back Pack
I have the Bananafish Breast Pump Backpack in the color gray. I’m able to fit everything that I’m going to list throughout this blog in my backpack, plus there is plenty of space for other items to be stored in this bag like keys, cellphone charger.
I have the Spectra S2 Plus Electric Breast Pump-Hospital Strength. The Spectra has comparable features to the popular breast pump brand, Medela, and the reviews for the Spectra breast pump were just as good. Although I mainly use this pump for work, it does have an option to be used as a single pump if you are nursing baby on one side. And the best part, the pump is quiet! I received the Spectra breast pump free through my insurance. If you plan on breastfeeding or exclusively pumping, inquire to see if you are eligible for a free breast pump through your insurance.
Kiinde Twist Pouches & Cooler
If you have been keeping up with my blog, you already know why I love the Kiinde Twist Pouches. They are just super easy to use and convenient. The Kiinde Twist Breast Milk Storage Bag is just as great, because it is made specifically for the Kiinde Twist pouches. It can hold up to six pouches and your breast milk stays cold all day long.
I keep my Go by Gold Bug 4-in-1Nursing Scarf in my breast pumping bag, because it is looser, which provides more space when pumping versus a tighter fitting nursing cover.
When pumping, it is best to purchase a hands-free nursing bra accessory or bustier. After researching, I felt like the Bravado Clip and Pump Hands-Free Nursing Bra Accessory was the best option for me, because it literally clips on to your nursing bra. The Bravado also does a great job of holding the breast pump flanges in place.
Breast Pump Cleaner
I initially started out using the Medela Quick Clean Mico-Steam Bags, but it became too much of a hassle with rinsing the parts, then microwaving... it was just too much! I looked for a better option and found the Medela Quick Clean Breast Pump & Accessory Wipes. If you want an easier and faster clean-up, use the wipes.
It doesn’t matter if I just ate breakfast or lunch, I'm going to be hungry after I pump. My go-to snacks are the Kind Oats & Honey Simple Crunch Bar or a small bag of mixed nuts. And don't forget to hydrate!
Fingers crossed! I have not had any issues with leaking, but I always keep a pair of Bamboobies Nursing Pads in my backpack just in case.
If you are or have experienced nipple discomfort, it may be a good idea to keep a nipple balm or cream in your breast pump bag. I have the Shea Moisture Nursing Balm, but I have only used it after experiencing discomfort when nursing the baby and NOT with pumping.
Pumping can be very tasking, but having all the essentials mentioned above will make pumping much easier. I'll be back tomorrow! Be sure to subscribe to my email list to stay up to date with Brown Mommy Diary.
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