I have been exclusively pumping breastmilk for my baby girl since day 3 (she’s four months old now). I’ve put together a list of my must have items for the exclusively pumping mom. I hope you find these items helpful! Like any other exclusively pumping mama, saving time wherever you can helps. If you’ve used any of these items or have one that’s not on the list, be sure to comment and let me know at the end of the post.
Double Electric Breast Pump
Under the Affordable Care Act (2010) most health insurance plans are required to cover the cost of a breast pump as part of women’s preventative health services. The styles and brands covered under each plan is unique to your insurance so reach out to them and see what you can get! I definitely recommend a double electric model such as the Hygeia Njoye, Spectra S2 or the Medela Pump in Style Advanced.
Lansinoh Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra
If there is only one item you purchase on this list (in addition to a double electric pump), make it this one. This bra gives you the freedom to do other things while you pump. It’s adjustable, comfortable and works well. I bought two to have in rotation so when one is in the wash, I still have another to use that day.
Pumpin’ Pal Super Shields Plus
$35.00 available at PumpinPal.com or Amazon
Anyone that has a few pumping sessions under their belt can tell you how awkward it is to sit straight up or leaning forward in order for your milk to flow down properly to the bottles. These pumping flanges have a unique angle that allow you to sit and pump more comfortably. Some women have even reported that the design of these flanges allowed them to have higher milk output. Don’t be put off by the fact that you have to purchase three sizes at once. Each of your breasts may need a different size and this set makes it easy to interchange shields.
Bamboobies Nursing Pads (Washable)
Initially, I was very skeptical about these nursing pads. They’re not the cheapest and I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to justify the purchase. I even made the mistake of purchasing a lower cost bamboo alternative on Amazon in hopes of saving money but ended up purchasing these when those didn’t work out. Bamboobies are the softest reusable nursing pads I’ve used which is important when any fabric against your nipples feels like sandpaper. The “light” model holds a surprising amount of breastmilk. I use these every night!
Lansinoh Nursing Pads (Disposable)
I prefer to use Bamboobies as night as they are soft, comfortable and absorbent. During the day, I like to use the Lansinoh Stay Dry Nursing Pads. These pads are a bit more discreet with higher absorption. It’s important to change your nursing pads frequently to avoid bacteria and infection problems and these are easy to slip out, trash and replace. Additionally, I like to throw a few of these in my travel pump bag and diaper bag. They’re all individually wrapped (like menstrual pads) so they stay sanitary on the go. Lansinoh nursing pads have two strips of adhesive on the back to ensure proper placement throughout the day.
NUK Breastmilk Storage Bags
To date, I have about 800 oz of breastmilk stored in the freezer in 3-5 oz portions. These NUK breastmilk bags are my favorite. These bags are thick, have a double zipper and I’ve never had any leaking issues.
Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump
A manual breast pump was another item I was super skeptical about. While walking through the aisle at Target, I asked my husband if he thought I should try it. His response was, “it doesn’t hurt to try it. What if you got MORE milk with it?” Lo and behold, the Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump has become one of my top pumping items. Although I don’t get more milk, I’m able to pump more efficiently and in less time than my electric pump. I’ve also noticed that I’m able to “empty” my breasts better with this pump and a combination of massaging (and yes, I do massage with my electric as well, this one just seems to work better for me). This is the breast pump I bring in my travel pump bag. It’s an item that I use daily but I still interchange with my electric pump because manually pumping is hard work!
Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter
Whether pumping or nursing from the breast, mama’s nipples need to be taken care of. If you prefer a lanolin free cream like I do, try Mama’s Nipple Butter from Earth Mama Angel Baby. This nipple butter is organic, has a 1 rating on EWG, is non GMO and includes natural easy to read ingredients. This also works as a great lube for your pump flanges!
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