Just like breastfeeding moms have a range of products at their disposal, pumping moms too can be spoilt for choice. Pumping may seem like hard work for some, and a simple daily chore for others. Using the right and most useful products can make a world of difference in the life of a pumping mom. And it doesn’t matter if you are pumping exclusively or just part of the day. These products will make your life a whole lot easier once you get your hands on them.
1. Breast Pumps
How could we talk about pumping without mentioning breast pumps? This is the most essential product that you need to check off on your list. You can either use a manual one that works with your hand or foot movements or an electronic device. The electronic one is normally powered by batteries. Check all the settings and the quality of the product before you buy one.
2. Breast Milk Storage Bags
You need several storage bags to store all the abundant liquid gold that you just pumped. Choose one that is sturdy enough and offers good seal technology. There are products which come with an adapter so that you can directly pump it into the bags. Saves time and effort!
3. Pump Bag
When I first heard about pumping bags, I thought it was absurd. But ask me now, and I will tell you that it’s an essential if you’re a working mum. They come in gorgeous designs and are really functional. They are easy to clean and features dedicated compartments for all the pumping essentials. The best part is it has thermally lined pockets for keeping the milk cool for several hours. Now, look stylish while pumping.
4. Nursing Bra
All nursing and pumping mama’s know that they couldn’t have survived without this one. It’s completely hassle-free as it comes with removable flaps at the top and comfy material. It also comes with new designs and styles so that you feel glamorous while pumping. And, yes, we very much need to feel that after giving birth.
5. Clean Wipes
If you are a mom on the go, chances are that you will be short of time to wash the pump parts between sessions. Having these clean wipes in your pumping bag will help you clean your breast shields, valves, and membranes in just one wipe. Added bonus: you could also use it to clean countertops and toys.
6. Purified Lanolin
Lanolin helps in soothing cracked or dry nipples (1). It helps restore the moisture to your nipples so that you can have a pain-free nursing or pumping session.
7. Nursing Pads
You don’t want the world to know that you are breastfeeding your little one. But your breast milk soaked shirt might give it away. With nursing pads, you can now stop worrying about leaks. There are disposable and reusable kinds. So choose one that works for you.
8. Hands-Free Pumping Bra
You can check your emails or read the paper while you’re pumping milk. These are bras that are exclusively designed for pumping moms. It also works with all kinds of electrical breast pumps. So, grab one now if you don’t want your hands to be tied while pumping.
9. Breastmilk Cooler Set
Once you’ve pumped, you need to bring those extra bottles back home. Having a compact storage set that fits in a couple of bottles and an icepack might be all that you need.
10. Nursing Cover
Even if you are the most confident pumper, there are going to be times when you are not so comfortable doing it in the open. Having a nursing cover or even a cardigan will come in handy in such situations.
We hope our top ten picks of pumping products will guarantee you an easy pumping session. Here’s one tip: whatever you choose, make sure you do a bit of research on the brand and the quality of the product. Happy pumping, Mamas!