Hi there, fellow pumpers! If you’re stopping by here, my guess is either that you’ve already started pumping and are dying to make it a better experience, or you’re an expecting mama who wants to be prepared. Pumping can be a tedious experience, so I’d like to share a few things with you that might make things a little easier. I’m now 10 months into my pumping journey for my twins and aside from just my breastpump, I’ve picked up a few items along the way to simplify things. For the last 7 months I’ve been exclusively pumping, so, it’s not that I’m a pro or anything, but I’ve settled into a pretty good routine with it.
Below is a list of my favorite things, along with short little ditty on what I love about each item or why I prefer having it around. Feel free to click on each gold link or photo if you’d like to learn more! (This post may contain a few affiliate links. Don’t worry, if you purchase something through the link, you won’t pay any extra, but I might make a few cents to help keep Two Boys One Pup up and running!)
1. The obvious…a trusty pump!
I’ve been using the Medela In-Style after I had to give up my hospital grade pump. My goal has been to make it to a year with it, and we’re still going strong. If you question how long this pump will last, remember that I exclusively pump for twins who eat around 7-10 ounces per feeding, for 4 feedings per day! That’s a lot of pumping!
Because of all of the time I spend pumping, I like to be able to have my hands free while pumping. This means I can work on the blog, fold laundry, etc., all while pumping! Otherwise, I’d lose a few hours per day where I am just plain unproductive (besides the production of milk!). Above is the exact bra that I’ve been using thus far.
I’ve been wearing a “sleep bra” as much as possible since having mastitis 3 times. It’s not too tight and not too loose, and I can roll it up easily to pump. It’s also quite comfortable.
We’re always told to stay hydrated before and after pregnancy, however I had NO idea just how thirsty I would be. I’ve never drank more in my entire life, than after having my twins! Keeping hydrated also helps keep your supply up! My husband and I love Yeti cups. They keep drinks ice cold or as hot as you’d like.
Sometimes we may think that our pump is going bad, when really we just need to replace some parts. My pump has replacement sets that you can buy, or you can buy specific pieces. Either way, before replacing your whole pump and putting yourself out a couple of hundred dollars, try replacing your parts first! Have them on hand at all times, if possible, in case you need a replacement right away. I know that other brand pumps also have replacement kits!
6. Travel Tote
If you have to pump at work or are a traveler, you’ll love the convenience of having a tote. I was able to get a pump that came with a handy tote and extra storage compartments. If you don’t purchase a pump with a tote though, try this one, which has received great reviews!
Milk storage bags will save you quite a bit of space, versus having to buy numerous bottles for storage. You can stack bags and have freezer space to spare! I like Lansinoh bags, which have been redesigned and are more sturdy than they used to be! They’re also a little cheaper than competing brands. Helpful tip, buy in bulk if you know you’ll need a lot. You’ll save quite a bit of cash!
You’ll probably want to label your milk if your supply is good enough, and you won’t want your writing to smudge or run. Have a permanent marker on hand! Clearly, you don’t need this colorful set, but I’ll do anything to make pumping seem more fun than it is. You can also use labels if you’d like!
9. Pump Cover
Once again, if you travel or pump at work, you will be more comfortable with a cover. I love this cover by Boppy, which is long enough and wide enough that I can pump in the car and not feel like the world is watching me hook myself up to a machine!
10. Book, phone, ipad, etc.
Um. Pumping is boring. I always have something with my to stay occupied…otherwise I just think about how much I dislike pumping. I have no link for you here, because it’s entirely up to whatever you prefer to do while you pump!
Those are my top 10 pumping essentials. If you have anything to add or any feedback on your favorite items, feel free to share in the comments!