Aside from the actual pumping itself, it involves preparing bottles, bottle-feeding your baby, washing bottles and pump parts, caring for your breasts/dealing with bouts of clogged ducts and mastitis, and managing your stash of expressed breast milk. Below are some must-have tech and accessories that could make your life as an exclusive pumper more manageable.
Hands-free breast pump bra
On average, moms pump every 3-4 hours, and each pump session can last 20-30 minutes. That’s a lot of time! But using a hand-free breast pump bra, you’ll be able to multi-task.
There are many breast pump bras on the market and these are some of the best:
If you are more creative or budget-conscious, you may also want to consider DYI-ing it. Here are some ideas.
Along that note, moms– you’ll be pleased to know that you can easily pump and drive at the same time. Doing so can save you time when you commute to work, it can be a good way to get a pumping session in when running an errand with your baby, or if you needing to go for a drive to get your baby to nap.
You will need:
- Your electric pump. If it’s not battery operated, then get a car adaptor (like this one).
- A nursing cover (like this one)
- And of course, your hands-free bra (see above)
Pump Log App – Tracking breast milk production
There are many exclusively pumping apps out there, but the most widely used and popular app is Pump Log.
The best feature of the app is its calculator which you can use to figure out when you can reach your goal and stop pumping. You can also track your production trends, via easy-to-read charts.