Nursing is hard enough—add on pumping to that (or do it exclusively) and that brings a whole other set of challenges and frustrations. I pumped starting when my daughter was 3 weeks old, until we started the weaning process at 16 months, because I worked full-time. Finding the right products and developing a routine are some of the best things a pumping mama can do to make the whole process a little easier.
Here are some of my favorites and must-haves for moms who pump:
There are many pumping bras on the market, but having one that you don’t have to change into AND can nurse in, is so much better for days where you are doing both, or just don’t feel like changing. This one by the Dairy Fairy is a popular choice for moms that do both.
It provides great compression as well to help increase the flow of breastmilk, and the horizontal slits hold bottles better than other styles with circular cutouts.
Be sure to see if your insurance company covers the cost of a pump—most do!
Moms and dads are busy enough—these Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags are an incredibly useful product that make life just that much easier. Each bag fits a full set of pump parts, and is easy to fill, use, and store. With just a little water and a microwave, the Micro-Steam bags sterilize pump parts, bottles and other items, and can be used 20 times before needing to be tossed. No need to boil parts all the time!
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