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Must Have Breastfeeding Supplies

Must Have Breastfeeding Supplies
Going back to work after maternity leave may be one of the hard parts on your motherhood journey. Especially if you are breastfeeding and plan to keep breastfeeding while you are working. Try these tips to help you keep breastfeeding even when you start work again.

Must Have Breastfeeding Supplies To Keep Working

As a breastfeeding mother who is going back to work you are going to need some supplies to make the transition from maternity leave and back to work easier on your boobs.

I know you don’t want your supply to dip as you leave for a few hours a day away from your baby. With these items they won’t.

Are you ready to keep your breast milk supply up and be a bad ass working mom!

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Breastfeeding Supplies For The Working Mom

PRODUCT QUICK REVIEW
1. BREAST PUMP USING A DUAL ELECTRIC BREAST PUMP WILL HELP YOU PUMP BREAST MILK FASTER
2. KIINDE BREAST MILK STORAGE BAGS NO NEED TO TRANSFER FROM PUMP TO BAG WITH THIS ONE
3. BACK TO WORK PUMPING CLASS A COURSE TAUGHT BY LACTATION CONSULTANT TO HELP YOU EASE BACK TO WORK WHILE PUMPING
4. LANSINOH NIPPLE PADS DON’T SOAK THROUGH YOUR WORK SHIRTS WITH THESE
5. HANDS FREE PUMPING BRA MAKE YOUR DAY TO DAY AT THE OFFICE EASIER
6. PUMPING COOLER STORE YOUR BREAST MILK WITHOUT HAVING IT GO BAD
7. PUMPING BAG LARGE ENOUGH TO STORE ALL YOUR ITEMS WITHOUT SACRIFICING STYLE
8. LARGE WATER BOTTLE YOU NEED THIS ONE TRUST ME
9. EXTRA PUMPING PARTS DON’T BE STRANDED WITHOUT HAVING ONE OF THESE EXTRA PARTS

1. Electric Breast Pump

  • Medela Symphony Hospital Grade Electric Breast Pump – if your insurance will cover the cost of this awesome breast pump I highly recommend it. You can also ask your hospital if you could rent this one out for a cheaper price if it is not covered by your insurance. So.Worth.It
  • Medela Sonata Smart Double Electric Pump -This one is smaller and discreet, (compared to the first one) great for carrying into and out of the office. The suction on this one is also comparable to that of the Symphony
  • EvenFlo Feeding Double Electric Breast Pump – This was my personal second back up electric pump that I used at work. It is very quiet while you are plugged in and pumping. It’s performance is great, and it comes with all the double items you need in a breast pump.
  • You can see all the breast pumps that your insurance can cover you for right here.

2. The Kiinde Breast Milk Storage System

The Kiinde Breast Milk Storage System

You will never need another breast milk storage system ever. The Kiinde is a new and powerful breast milk storage system that comes with bags and a fitted top that screws onto any breast pump.

Pros Cons
Pump directly into the bag (no more breast milk falling onto the floor when you switch it from one bag to bottle) More expensive than regular breast milk bags
You can screw a nipple (comes with different ones) directly onto the bag to make it into a bottle!  
Compatible with almost every single type of breast pump  
See the current price here Read the reviews from other moms here

3. The Ultimate Back to Work Pumping Class

This one course helped me increase my breast milk supply when I went back to work. It is taught by a real life lactation consultant who wants you to succeed in your breastfeeding and pumping journey.

If you have been exclusively pumping, this course will still teach you a few things you may have not known.

If you are exclusively breastfeeding and going back to work will be your first experience with your breast pump you need to take this class.

PROS CONS
MOST AFFORDABLE COURSE ON PUMPING I’VE EVER SEEN THE AUDIO IS A LITTLE LOW – WEAR HEADPHONES WHEN YOU LISTEN IN
ACCESS TO ONLINE CLASS 24/7  
HELPS YOUR SUPPLY, STORAGE SYSTEMS AND HOW TO FEEL COMFORTABLE PUMPING AT WORK  

4. Nipple Pads

You can either get disposable nipple pads or cotton nipple pads.

What we love about the disposable nipple pads: the plastic lining in the back and adhesiveness that sticks to the bra makes sure you don’t leak breast milk when you wear them.

What we love about cotton nipple pads: you can easily wash them and use them over and over meaning you pay less for more. Saving money and the planet with no plastic.

I personally tried both and found myself drawn to the these nipple pads.

5. Hands Free Pumping Bra

Hands Free Pumping Brahands free pumping bra for back to work breastfeeding and pumping moms

If you decide on anything on this list, it should be a breast pump and this hands free pumping bra. It is a game changer for pumping at work.

6. Pumping Cooler

This is the one I had and used for 6 months after returning to work. It held up great and left my milk at the perfect temperature to store when I got back home.

If you want more detailed reviews of which is best for you. (like if you have an over supply and need to keep a lot of milk cold, or if you are going to be working over 8+ hours) You have to check out our review of the best breast milk coolers on the market right now.


Related:

Increase Your Breast Milk Supply With These Tips



7. Pumping Bag

No matter how far away or how close you will be working from your home you will need to have a pumping bag that you can store all your items in and take to and from work.

In an ideal world you’d be able to leave your breast pump and have a back up one at home and you’d be able to store your freshly pumping milk in the common work fridge.

But not all employers can offer something like this. Having a pumping bag that is large enough to fit your things and easily put a pump in can help you keep pumping for the long haul.

8. Large Water Bottle

If you are going to continue your breastfeeding journey you know you will need to be chugging water left and right. Not only does breastfeeding make you super hungry it increases your thirst.

Try one of these awesome water bottles

Large Water Bottle

The Mira 40oz Stainless Steel Water Bottle is one of the best for two BIG reasons. 1. It keeps your water super cold all day. 2. It’s 40oz which means less refill trips!

Mira 40oz Stainless Steel Water Bottle

If you thought the water bottle above was large this 85 oz water jug will is literally all you need to drink when you are breastfeeding. Fill it up once and you are set all day!

large this 85 oz water jug

9. Extra Pumping Parts

Depending on which pump you have you may need extra flanges, tubes, vales and membranes.

I know… what the heck! But if your membrane rips (which happened to me) you won’t be able to pump.

If your valve stops working – you won’t be able to pump.

If your tube rips and doesn’t suction – you won’t be able to pump.

Having these extra parts makes sure that anything that can go wrong (and it might) you’ll be prepared and ready for it.


Now that you have these 9 items in your arsenal you are sure to be successful at pumping at work as a breastfeeding mom. Let’s review the top 9 items you’ll need.

PRODUCT QUICK REVIEW
1. BREAST PUMP USING A DUAL ELECTRIC BREAST PUMP WILL HELP YOU PUMP BREAST MILK FASTER
2. KIINDE BREAST MILK STORAGE BAGS NO NEED TO TRANSFER FROM PUMP TO BAG WITH THIS ONE
3. BACK TO WORK PUMPING CLASS A COURSE TAUGHT BY LACTATION CONSULTANT TO HELP YOU EASE BACK TO WORK WHILE PUMPING
4. LANSINOH NIPPLE PADS DON’T SOAK THROUGH YOUR WORK SHIRTS WITH THESE
5. HANDS FREE PUMPING BRA MAKE YOUR DAY TO DAY AT THE OFFICE EASIER
6. PUMPING COOLER STORE YOUR BREAST MILK WITHOUT HAVING IT GO BAD
7. PUMPING BAG LARGE ENOUGH TO STORE ALL YOUR ITEMS WITHOUT SACRIFICING STYLE
8. LARGE WATER BOTTLE YOU NEED THIS ONE TRUST ME
9. EXTRA PUMPING PARTS DON’T BE STRANDED WITHOUT HAVING ONE OF THESE EXTRA PARTS

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