Pumping at work can be so much more of a pain than it has to be. With my first, I successfully pumped at work until she was a a year old and now with my second I have been pumping three times a day at work since I returned from maternity leave back in mid-March. These are the five things I use to help make pumping at work a breeze:
- Breast pump. From an efficiency perspective a double electric pump is the only way to go plus it will help preserve your milk supply. I prefer a closed system and love my Specta S2 . It is easy super effective, easy to use and very comfortable, which is super important if you are going to be pumping a lot. I also had a great experience with the Ameda Purely Yours with my first baby.
- Breastmilk storage bags or bottles. You have to get your milk home after you pump it out and for this purpose I highly recommend the entire Kiinde Twist system, it saves me so much time because the bags snap right into the bottle holder and you send those into daycare with your baby instead of having to transfer from the bag to a bottle. Standard collection bottles also work if you don’t mind the clean up. I used them with my first but the Kiinde System is saving me so much time this time around.
- Wet Dry Bag. I didn’t have one of these with my first. Instead, to save time, I had three sets of flanges, valves and diaphragms (crazy, right?) This time I have one set and after I pump, I just throw my fully assembled kit into the bag and store it in the office refrigerator between pumping sessions. Easy-peasy and a lot fewer dishes at the end of the night (can you tell I hate dishes?). The Sarah Wells Pumparoo is my absolute favorite!
- Cooler. Even if you have access to a fridge at the office a cooler is still a good idea. I am always paranoid that I might forget my milk at the end of the day because I am always in a rush to get on the road. To avoid any chance of this happening, I pack everything in my work bag after my last pumping session at 3pm. A cooler keeps everything nice and cold until I get home around 5:30. I have the Ameda Cool n Carry which works great and comes with 6 collection bottles but Kiinde now offers one that I would have gotten had it been available when I was purchasing a cooler.
- Hands-free pumping bra. Way better than holding your flanges, who has time for that? Plus, once you get good at pumping you can multitask. I usually focus on taking care of work that has a low probability of annoying or stressing me out since both make it hard to relax which is key for me to have good output. I use the Simple Wishes Hands-Free pumping bra. It isn’t pretty or ultra-convenient since I have to put it on every time, but it really holds everything securely in place even when you are lucky enough to get 4 oz from each side.
So, those are my essentials for pumping at work. Is there anything you love that didn’t make the list? Let me know in the comments below!
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