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Must Have Accessories for Breast Pumping & Breast Milk Storage
There are so many great accessories for pumping mamas. I didn’t know a lot of these items even existed until I was well into pumping. Let me save you time by highlighting my favorites here – your one stop article to find everything you need to support you when you pump.
These products will make you more comfortable, will save you time, and help you make sure you always have enough milk. These are in no particular order because I find all of them pretty indispensable. I love all of these products and I hope they help you out, too.
One other thing about these accessories – none of them will break the bank. I am very conscious about saving money and I was willing to invest small amounts for these accessories because each of them makes pumping more comfortable and efficient.
The List – The Best Pumping Accessories
I wash my pump parts by hand because we don’t run the dishwasher every night. I don’t like my pump parts to sit in the drying rack with our dishes, etc., so this Oxo drying rack is essential. It also comes with two little brushes that are great to clean small parts like tubing, etc. Just be careful with those brushes – you don’t want to damage a valve or membrane because that can reduce your pump’s suction. This product is available on Amazon for great low prices.
I love this product so much that I’ve written a whole separate post about it. It merits mentioning again because it is so amazing. With this bra, I can pump hands free, which means pumping doesn’t just mean… pumping. I can do work, play on my phone, eat lunch, play with my son, the list goes on.
I don’t use these wipes daily, but if I’m pumping on the go and can’t easily rinse off my pump parts, these wipes are perfect. I buy in bulk to save money, but you can try them out with just the small 24-count pack. I also really like to have these on hand when I pump in the office – I’ve been know to drop pump parts on the floor (or once into my salad) and this is a quick way to clean them without having to put my shirt back on and go find a sink.
Sarah Wells makes gorgeous pump bags – but they come with a hefty price tag. Her “Pumparoo”, however, is available for a great price and is super useful. Before I had this kit, I kept my pump parts in plastic bags – this bothered me because I felt like I was wasting a lot of plastic bags. This option is totally eco-friendly. I also love the staging mat – if I’m pumping at work, now there is no need to lay out my pump parts on paper towels.
This product is especially helpful if you are also breastfeeding directly. I never go anywhere without my lanolin salve. It is perfectly safe to apply to your nipples even just before breastfeeding or pumping. It save me many times from chafing when I didn’t position my pump properly. I also think it reduces any potential nipple soreness from pumping. (Note, pumping shouldn’t hurt, but sometimes your nipples do feel a bit worn after a session).
There are a lot of different steam sterilizing bags available but these from Munchkin are my favorite for 2 reasons. First, each bag is good for up to 30 uses, and they have a little spot to check off each time you use a bag. Second, they zip close really easily. These are great for sterilizing both pump parts and bottles quickly.
The Lansinoh TheraPearl therapy packs are great to have on hand when pumping, but I also used them soon after I gave birth and was engorged as my milk came in. I like these for pumping because you can actually apply them to your breasts while pumping. I believe the warm heat therapy helped my milk flow as I pumped. Plus it just made it feel a little more comfortable, and warmer, since you have to sit there with your shirt half off! These are totally worth it because they are inexpensive and you can use them a lot.
Of course this is useful if you’re also breastfeeding directly, but the reason I like this for pumping is so I can pump in public places and still have some privacy. There is a huge variety of designs so you can pick a cover that matches your style.
If you will be freezing milk, this is a great product. Most women freeze milk in storage bags (including myself). But, I like this tray because it freezes 1-ounce portions of milk. This was perfect to supplement the milk I froze in bags if my son was especially hungry and needed a little more milk. With the Milkies Milk Tray, you won’t need to defrost a whole bag when you only need a few more ounces of breast milk.
Yes, this is a popular product for those of us blessed with leaky boobs. But the reason I’m recommending Bamboobies here for nursing moms is a little different. I’m just going to get real with you for a second and say that pumping makes your nipples stick out. I always wear Bamboobies so I can be sure my nipples aren’t showing through my bra. Also, they are super soft and it is nice to have them on after pumping when your nipples can be a little sensitive.
So, there you have it! 10 products I love to use as a pumping mom. What are your favorite pumping accessories? Let me know in the comments below.