6 Things Every Pumping Mom Must Have
Written by Brooke Duke
Anyone who has pumped for any amount of time knows it is not the most fun. It’s time consuming, you have to wash bottles and pump parts all the time, and it’s a lot of work. We do it solely out of the inexplicable love for our children; otherwise hooking our boobs up to an expensive sucking machine would not be high on our list of things to do right after having a baby. Thankfully, it’s 2018, and there are a few things that can make that pumping life a heck of a lot easier.
1. A GOOD pump. Not a little dinky hand pump (although those are nice in a pinch), but a real, hospital-grade pump that has amazing suction power and can do both sides at once if you want to. Many insurances cover breast pumps now, and Aeroflow Breastpumps has an awesome free service that can help you determine what your insurance will cover.
2. Lots of bottles.I spent way too much time pumping with only two or three bottles. I had to wash bottles all the time and it was terrible. Buy at least one more set of bottles so you can cut down on how often you’re washing them.
3. Flanges that actually fit. Did you know that there are multiple flange sizes out there? Sometimes sizing up or down can make a huge difference in how your body responds to the pump.
4. A bottle drying rack. There’s about a hundred different options out there, but the important thing is that you have a place for you bottles and parts to dry that’s separate from all your other dishes. Rummaging through a pile of silverware to try and find a little pump valve is a pain.
5. Something binge-worthy on Netflix. I don’t know how many pumping sessions I spent watching Friends. You need something to occupy your mind; otherwise it’s just too boring. And I learned the hard way that scrolling through Amazon while you’re still half asleep is not a good idea (thank goodness you can cancel orders).
6. A good organizational system. Whether your freezing your milk for later, or just keeping it in the fridge until the next feeding, staying organized is key. You don’t want to get your milk mixed up and not know how long it’s been in there. Milk bags, sticky notes, and empty 12-pack soda cases cut in half make a really easy, inexpensive system.
For other pumping tricks, tips, techniques, and ideas, my favorite resource is Pinterest – especially for creating a milk storage organizational system.