If you are a working and pumping mom or are preparing to become a working and pumping mom, then you are going to need some essentials to get you through!
Breast Pumping at Work is not always easy.
As pumping moms, we face many challenges from lack of a private pumping space to limited time and much more!
I worked fulltime with my first son in a stuffy corporate office (I literally had to wear slacks and heels every day) and I faced my fair share of challenges.
There were quite a few things I learned along the way and one of those things was that there are accessories that can make your life as a pumping mom 1,000 times easier!
So here is my Must-Have’s list for all moms hoping to be successful at breast pumping at work!
10 Must-Have Accessories for Breast Pumping at Work
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1 – Quality, Double Electric Breast Pump
I know some moms love their manual pumps but when you are pumping 2-4+ times a day on a limited time schedule, a manual pump is not realistic in my book.
If you are going to be successful breast pumping at work, then you need a quality double electric breast pump that does a few things:
- It allows you to pump BOTH breasts at the same time
- It is strong and will yield more milk
- Saves you a ton of time!
I have several pumps I recommend for working moms.
2 – Hands-Free Pumping Bra
Again, there are moms that are okay with going without a pumping bra. Not me.
Having to sit there for 15-20 minutes multiple times a day doing nothing but holding the flanges (the pieces that connect to your breasts) while I pumped wasn’t helping my sanity.
I was a sleep-deprived new mom who was trying her hardest to keep up at work AND meet the demands of my baby back at home. It was a lot.
Once I invested in a quality hands-free pumping bra, it helped a lot. I was able to do other things WHILE I pumped. Like answer emails, type, read, or even nap. It made pumping less stressful since I knew I could still get stuff done.
Don’t skip the pumping bra! It will make your life much, much easier!
3 – Breast Pump Bag
When I first went back to work, I carried my breast pump in a beach tote… Not exactly professional.
It wasn’t until later that I was introduced to the world of quality, purse-like breast pump bags that I got something much more stylish. And I am glad I did!
There are so many changes that happen after having a baby. I don’t just mean physically. As a professional woman, I still wanted to look and feel the part despite having to lug around my breast pump.
I purchased a Sarah Wells pump bag. They are gorgeous!
This article has a list of many of her bags. There is something for all styles and needs. You can see the list, here!
4 – Kiinde Twist Feeding System
One of the best things I ever purchased was the Kiinde Twist system.
Basically, the Kiinde Twist allows you to pump into their bags, store/freeze the bags, and then thaw and feed from the same bag!
BEFORE getting the Kiinde Twist, my routine went something like this:
- Pump into Medela collection bottles
- Pour pumped milk into milk freezer bag
- Freeze milk
- Thaw Milk
- Pour milk from freezer bag into a bottle
- Feed baby
The frustrating part of this routine was that there were still drops of milk left over each time I transferred the milk… When you are struggling to pump enough, those precious drops can really add up!
Using a feeding system like the Kiinde Twist ensures you never have to transfer the milk as you are feeding from the same bag you pumped into.
5 – Spare Pump Parts
One of the leading causes of a breast pump losing suction is due to a part being worn out.
There are several parts (varies by manufacturer/pump) that need replacing periodically. It is best to carry a few spares in your pump bag so that you can swap them out if needed during your workday.
6 – Sink Boss (Portable Sink)
If you are a traveling mom or work somewhere that doesn’t have a place to set or dry your pump parts, the Sink Boss is an amazing solution!
It is a portable (it folds nicely), sanitary drying and clean area for pump parts and baby items. Perfect for traveling.
It can be set in a sink, stand on its pull-out legs, or hung.
With all of the new guidelines the CDC came out with regarding how to properly clean and sanitize breast pump parts, it is important that you have a safe, clean area to wash parts!
Even if you don’t travel, if you have limited space at home to dry your parts, this is a great space saver since you can hang it.
See the Sink Boss in action:
7 – Nursing Cover
Pumping at work can be uncomfortable at times. I have also had to pump in some strange places if I was on the go.
Having a nursing cover in my pump bag to pull over myself if I was pumping in an area that wasn’t as private (like my car) was very very handy.
I have several different nursing covers that I use but one of my favorites to take with me to work was the Bebe Au Lait Nursing Scarf. I can be worn as a stylish scarf in the cooler months or just folded and popped into your pump bag in the warmer months.
8 – Cooler Bag
Having a cooler bag to transport and keep your milk cold is a must.
I love the Medela cooler bag. It comes with several milk collection bottles but the best part is the contoured ice pack. It fits around the collection bottles or milk bags perfectly!
9 – Wet/Dry Bag for Pump Parts
Having a bag that is made to hold your wet/dry pump parts is another accessory that is worth getting!
First, having a dedicated bag that all your parts go into means you have everything in one place so when it’s time to pump you aren’t searching through your bag for everything.
Second, once you are done pumping unless you have a sink next to you, you will need to carry your pump parts either to a sink or home. If they still have milk on them, you don’t want them leaking all over your bag and pump by just placing them in your pump bag.
Sarah Wells has some great and affordable wet/dry bags. They are in patterns that match her pump bags which is a great accessory to add!
10 – Power Bank Kit
As a working mom who traveled a lot, this was a priceless investment.
I can’t tell you how many times I was somewhere that did not have an outlet to power or charge my pump. Or I wanted to leave my pump in my bag without taking it out to charge it and having a power bank allowed me to discretely charge my pump inside my pump bag.
A power bank kit can also be extremely helpful when you have a pump like the Spectra S2 that does not have a battery option.
The best power bank kit I have found and used is by MayMom. You have to have the right voltage and this one is made for pumps (don’t go buying any old power bank, you will fry your pump).
It can be confusing when you read the listing for the MayMom power bank kit to figure out, so wrote an entire post about what you need to make it work and what pumps it’s compatible with (if your pump is not on the list, I recommend reaching out to MayMom to see if it will still work).
I hope these amazing pumping accessories help make your life that much easier as a working and pumping mom!
Have questions or comments? Drop them below! I would love to hear from you!
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