Headed back to work soon? Get ready by packing your breast pump bag ahead of time. We’ve asked pumping mamas what’s in their breast pump bag, and here’s what they suggest adding to your breast pump bag checklist.
Food and water
Drink and biscuits! Biscuits/food are needed as your energy ebbs while you are doing it. The same as breastfeeding. Healthier choices are probably better but if you can’t enjoy yourself while working hard for your baby, when can you?
Extra breast pump parts
Extra valve. I got stuck once with a broken one and had to hand express took so long.
In my bag….
-charger cord (if Low battery)
– parts for pump (plus extra valve)
– bottle lid (omg I have forgotten this!)
– large silicone storage bag that I carry and clean my pump equipment in.
– cleaning tablets.
– ice brick for trip home.
– a piece of bubs clothing from the day before (smell it helps my let down strange I know)
I finished now sadly but mine was ; pump with bottle n cable, bm bags with pen, that thing u squeeze onto other side to gather let down, wet wipes, kitchen roll, water bottle and some sort of food x
PumpIce pack.Storage bottles.Bottle brush to clean pump and bottles.Water bottle.Bottle bag.Food.
Breastmilk storage bags
Pump and spare batteries, power cord if I had a plug, 2 bottles all the parts (yep I’ve forgotten bits before and cried!) Cleaning tablets, ice block, lots of milk bags, paracetamol, water, lanolin, breast pads
Also hand sanitiser!!
Your breast pump bag checklist
What’s in your breast pump bag depends a lot on your situation, but generally you’ll want extra parts for your pump, milk storage, snacks, some cleaning supplies, and an ice block if you have a long commute. As you get used to pumping you’ll figure out what works best for your routine. While you prepare your breast pump bag, check out our blog for other guides on breast pump essentials, pumping at work, and more.