If you’re going to be using a breast pump this year, you might be wondering what breast pump essentials you should have to make breast pumping easier. Stock up on these 8 breast pump essentials to make pumping at work and in the home so much easier.
1. Reusable water bottle
It’s important to stay hydrated while you’re breastfeeding because making milk takes a lot of liquid. A mama can easily need to drink 3 litres of water each day while breastfeeding. A nice, reusable water bottle is a breast pump essential. Look for one that you can easily use one-handed, such as one with straw, so that you can easily stay hydrated while pumping. Make drinking enough water as easy as possible without having to fuss with unscrewing caps or lids, or spilling from a cup.
2. Extra breast pump parts
Did you know that you have to replace your breast pump parts regularly? With regular use, the duck valves and backflow protectors will wear down over time which will impact the suction strength of the pump. Lower suction means less milk output – and using worn out parts can cause your pump to work extra hard, decreasing the overall life of your breast pump motor. Plan on replacing your duck valves every 2-3 months and your backflow protectors every 6 month (for more information see our complete guide on when to replace breast pump parts). Don’t wait for your parts to wear out – stock up on these breast pump essentials ahead of time.
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3. A bag for your breast pump essentials
If you’re bringing your breast pump to work, or travelling with your breast pump – or even if you’re not planning on taking your breast pump out of the home – it’s good to have a bag to store all your breast pump essentials in. You can buy a breast pump bag specifically designed for carrying your breast pump essentials, or if you’ll be transporting breastmilk you might consider buying an insulated cooler bag. If you have the Milk Genie portable electric breast pump, it’s small enough to be kept in any bag or box you want. Whichever you choose, we recommend getting something that wipes down easily and is waterproof.
4. Breastmilk storage bags
If you’re pumping you might want to freeze some extra milk, and the best way to do that is to have freezer ready bags on-hand. Easily store any excess breastmilk in breastmilk storage bags by freezing them flat, and then stacking them in your freezer. Breastmilk can be stored in the freezer for up to a year – see our guide on storage and how to freeze breastmilk for more information.
5. Extra milk collection bottles
Extra bottles are breast pump essentials because you never know when you might need more. Maybe you’ve pumped a little extra and need more room to pump into, or maybe you haven’t gotten a chance to wash your bottles from the day. If you’re sending bottles of expressed breastmilk to daycare it’s good to have extra just in case one gets lost or left behind. Stock up on these breast pump essentials today!
6. Extra towels
Grab a pack of bar towels to add to your breast pump essentials. Towels are great to clean up any spills and can also be used to make breast pumping more comfortable as you can roll them up to use to support your arms or behind your back, or use them like a blanket to help keep warm if you’re pumping in a cool area.
7. Nonperishable snacks
Making breastmilk takes a lot of calories. Many mamas notice that they get hungry while breastfeeding or pumping, so you should add some nonperishable snacks to your breast pump essentials. Things that can be eaten one-handed, like fruit and nut clusters, granola bars, and crackers are great breast pump essentials.
8. Backup power
The Milk Genie breast pump has an inbuilt rechargeable battery, but if your breast pump isn’t rechargeable you should consider adding an extra charger or backup battery to your breast pump essentials bag. If you’re exclusively expressing or relying on your breast pump to maintain milk supply, you don’t ever want to find yourself without a way to power your breast pump. A rechargeable backup battery can be especially useful during a power outage as well, and you can use it to charge your smart phone – consider adding an extra cell phone charger to your breast pump essentials too!