It is never fun to be caught unprepared when it is time to pump, and sometimes thinking through everything you may need is too difficult when you have a little one in your arms.
Here is a simple checklist to refer to when packing your pumping kit.
- Manual or electric pump with charger. It’s not even a bad idea to keep a manual pump in your desk drawer or car trunk in case the power goes out.
- Bottles, flanges, tubing, and other necessary parts. It doesn’t hurt to have two of each item in case something goes missing or doesn’t work.
- Quality storage bags. You can also consider using canning jars or glass bottles as they work well as a reusable option.
- Insulated lunch box. The perfect place to store your precious milk bags or bottles.
- Door sign. No one wants a friendly intruder while pumping! Mark your territory and pump in peace. Make a donation for the Pumping Pixie Door Sign and 100% of your donation will go to buy a hands-free pumping bra for moms in need!
- A hands-free pumping bra. Use one that fits snugly but isn’t overly tight. You can can even make your own. Here are instructions on how to make a hands-free pumping bra; here are more instructions.
- Photo of baby close. The ideal companion for every pumping session.
- Recording of your baby. If you have a smartphone, record videos of baby playing, cooing or fussing before nursing and then watch them while you pump.
- A fun refillable water container. Mama’s got to stay hydrated!
- Healthy and protein rich snacks. Here is a list of Gretchen’s protein favorites and a peek at one of Shannon’s delicious salads.
- Mini toiletry bag. Keep it stocked with hair ties, extra nursing pads and nipple butter.
- Reading material. Once your milk lets down, relax, and embrace the quiet time.
Anything missing? We’d love for you to chime in with your pumping essentials!
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