Being a mom and working outside the home makes for quite a juggling act. There are so many things you have to know and rememeber. Over my 12 months of pumping, I compilled this list of everything I needed to pack for my work milk pumping sessions. My Type A personality lives for checklists lol, hopefully you’ll find it helpful as well.
Below you’ll find all the things you have to have in order to pump and all the things that will help make your time in the lactation room as comfortable as possible.
Creating a Clean Environment to Express Milk
Paper Towels – you’ll likelye need to wipe your hands and/or supplies so it’s good to have some paper towels handy.
Hand Sanitizer – washing your hands before pumping is essential, but you’ll likely be touching a door and fridge handles between the sink and pumping so I always sanitized before touching my supplies
Towel – you’ll need a towel to place everything on. You don’t want to put your clean, sanitized supplies on a desk that may not be clean.
Add Comfort to Your Pumping Session
Beverage (water or hot tea) – Breastmilk is made up of 88% water. If your baby is drinking 32 oz. of water a day, that’s about 25 ounces of water (that you consumed) leaving your body. Staying hydrated is important for yourself and your milk production. Drinking hot tea before and during you pumping session can help with your let down.
Entertainment – it can get boring sitting in a room, while your boobs are being milked like a cow, so take advantage of your free time and distract yourself.
Honestly, once I became a mom, my pumping sessions were the only time I was ever really able to relax and enjoy watching tv or reading without being disturbed, so take advantage mama!
Pumping bra – Trust me, you need this!
This pumping bra was my holy grail pump accessory. Spend the money, it’s worth every penny. Pumping hands free will allow you to be on your phone, read, drink, eat, nap, get ready for the day, whatever you want. This bra was a crucial part of my pumping journey. I originally purchased another brand’s bra and it was tight and uncomfortable. I highly recommend this one instead. If you’re interested to know why, I recommend this bra specifically, take a look at my full review.
Best Way to Store Your Expressed Milk
Milk Storage Bags and Pen – you’ve got to have something to store your milk in. In order to maintain the integrity of your breastmilk, it’s soooo important to only use bags that were designed for milk storage. Regular ziplock bags are not designed protect the health of your breastmilk.
I used these, which can be found at Target and on Amazon. They’re easy to use and never leaked. Whatever brand you choose, make sure the bags were designed to store breastmilk. Regular ziplock bags are not designed protect the health of your breastmilk.
Insulated Bag – Even though you’ll store your milk in a refrigerator, an insulated bag is a must. Your breastmilk is truly liquid gold and must remain cold, so make sure to use an insulated bag. I understood just how important an insultated bag was, when my normal commute home of 20 minutes took an hour. Things come up, but at least you can rest assured that your milk is nice and cold.
Ice Packs – this is option but was necessary for me.
If you drive a long commute, have somewhere go to after work, or catch a flat, the ice packs will maintain the cold temperature in your insulated bag. They’re super affordable and very convenient.