Pumping at work can be a huge inconvenience, especially if you aren’t prepared, or you don’t have the right gear. Trust me…I pumped every day- three times a day at work- for 365 days (and not a minute longer!). My first day back to work was a complete disaster. Aside from the fact that I was bawling my eyes out because I missed my babies, I didn’t know what to pack for my pump breaks! The night before I went back I felt like I was packing for the first day of school (the nerves) and a three week vacation (well I miiiight need this too…oh and this in case of a disaster). I was lucky enough to work in a hospital on the NICU floor that had extra pumps/storage bottles/pump parts and even lactation consultants- but I recognize that is NOT the norm! And that is exactly why I am writing this post.
The pumping bag is the most important. I used this one from Amazon and LOVE it. Instead of bringing ten bags with me into work, I just brought this in! It had enough room to still fit my water bottle, wallet, and a few extra goodies that I might need at work. This bag fits both the Spectra and Medela pump too.
These wet/dry bags are awesome for storing your pump parts in the fridge in between uses. No need to wash your parts after every pump session…you will drive yourself crazy if you do that! It is safe to store your parts in the fridge in between pumps during the day (although I think there are new standards now that say it’s not as safe, but I still do it and most of my friends do too!)
The Medela wipes are great for quick clean up/wipe down if needed since you likely won’t be washing your parts every time. The Medala steam bags are also nice to have, but not a necessity. I kept a few in my desk just in case my parts needed to be sanitized for any reason while at work. You just pop your parts in the bag, add a few ounces of water, and microwave for a few minutes.
This cooler also comes in handy. This is how I stored my milk in the work fridge so it was discrete. It also fits in the pump bag nicely. If you don’t have access to a fridge throughout the day, or your always on the go at work, you can stuff a few ice packs in the cooler to keep your milk cold throughout the day. Fun fact- freshly pumped breast milk can sit out at room temperature for 4 hours!
Disposable nursing pads are also great to have on hand in your bag for the first few months. I leaked every time I heard a baby cry at work- which was often- so these were great to have on hand! They are discrete and disposable and don’t add too much bulk to your already swelling chest!
Last but definitely NOT least is a great pumping bra. I plan to do a whole post about this bra in a few days, because I could literally go on and on about how amazing it is. But in the meantime, check them out and add to your wish list mama!
Happy pumping mamas!