Are you a busy pumping mama looking for tips and hacks to make your #pumplife easier?
You just answered uh yeah. GOOD – cuz I have some genius breast pumping hacks for you today!
Don’t click away until you make it to the end of this post – that’s where the goodies are!
Breast Pumping Hacks for Working Moms
Ok ladies, if you haven’t yet read my post on how to pump at work like a boss, you MUST head there next! Especially if you are a pumping and working mama!
I want to start this informative read out by sharing some pumping tips that will come in most handy while you are at work.
If you are a breastfeeding and working mom, I commend you! The dedication and sheer will it takes to keep up a breast pumping routine and the demand of a career must be challenging!
Which brings me to the first of my many breast pumping hacks for the mom who still has “mom brain” and forgets everything important except to check if the baby is still breathing one thousand times a night – sigh.
Breast Pumping tips for the back to work mama
Hey mama, real quick – let me turn your attention to a great resource for breastfeeding moms who are returning to work.
You may be dreading this thought as it adds yet another layer of unknown responsibilities on top of your already long list of new things you’ve had to become a pro at!
If you are worried whatsoever about breast pumping while at work – please consider enrolling in this video course by Milkology, “The Ultimate Back to Work Class.”
The course outlines all of the major and minor necessities of preparing for breast pumping at work and prepares you beautifully for it. I think you’ll find it to be a great help!
What to do if you forget your pumping supplies at work
Ah yes, you’ve managed to make it to work with matching shoes and socks on – woohoo!
Three to four hours has passed of blissful productive adult-ing and it’s now time for your first pumping session of the work day.
But wait – no, you didn’t forget your darn bottles! What are you supposed to pump into now?
Here is your life-saving pumping hack for when you forget the pump bottles.
You can macgyver yourself a milk collecting vessel with either a breast milk storage bag or any old plastic zip lock bag and a rubber band.
Simply place the bag over the flange and valve, secure with a rubber band (what woman doesn’t adorn herself with a hair twisty bracelet) and pump on!
Now that you know this breast pumping bag hack, you never have to freak out when the bottles go missing!
More bag hacks and tips!
Time is always precious, and this is especially true when you are on the clock! Use this next time saving pumping tip and hack to get back on the clock quicker once you’re done pumping!
Instead of separating and washing every pump part, every time you pump, quickly rinse your just used flange and connectors. Place them into a zip lock bag and back into the fridge until the next session!
Storing breast milk bag hacks
A freezer stash of breast milk is a wonderful thing. It alleviates so much pressure off of a mom to know the reserves are there.
Storing your breast milk in the freezer where space is usually already limited requires some careful planning. Because not everyone has an extra freezer hanging around to dedicate exclusively to breast milk.
However, I have witnessed families investing in an extra deep freeze just to house a massive freezer stash of breast milk.
The breast pumping bag hack in this scenario focuses on how you lay your breast milk bags to freeze.
The wrong way to freeze your breast milk bags is by leaving them standing up. I understand the thought process behind doing so, less opportunity for breast milk to leak this way.
However, once that bag of breast milk is frozen, it is about three times bulkier than it needs to be! This extra girth will quickly take up unnecessary room in your freezer.
Instead, lay the breast milk storage bags flat so you can later brick lay them in neat organized piles.
A no-spills breast milk bag hack you’ll love
When I first saw this breast pumping bag hack I couldn’t believe how simple and utterly genius it was! I also couldn’t figure out why I never though of it myself – huh.
This hack is for the transfer of breast milk from bottle to bag. Those breast milk storage bags are just not easy to pour in to and as a pumping mom, we have every right to cry over spilled milk.
So, instead of awkwardly attempting to pour the breast milk straight into the bag without any spills, use a breast shield as the guide!
All you do for this hack is place the breast shield into the bag and use it as a funnel – genius!
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Hacks for Breast Milk and Pumping On the Go
You may be a mama who doesn’t let anything slow her down – not even being hooked-up and milked for most of the day. If this you, I think you’ll find these next couple tips refreshing.
Heating breast milk tips while you’re out
You’ve got your chilled breast milk with you for when baby gets hungry ten minutes into your outing. You are at Target and an impromptu bottle feeding is in order.
Giving your baby a cold bottle isn’t the best idea since it can upset little one’s tummy and you have a serious date with Target that needs to take place.
I suppose you could stand in line at Starbucks (if your Target is that cool) and ask for a piping hot cup of water.
However, when this request is made – they rarely fill the cup to a level that my bottle of breast milk doesn’t force out all of the scaulding hot liquid everywhere.
The water will stay hot for HOURS (as long as the lid is sealed tight). You can then place your ice cold bottle of breast milk into the thermos of hot water and it will be the perfect temperature in a jiffy!
I loved this hack so much, it was the only way I would heat my daughter’s bottles. It was faster, more convenient and always warmed the breast milk to the perfect temperature with no hot spots.
Hacking your way to a more productive day (and more milk)
How about we hack a way to pump exclusively and still get things done! There is nothing worse than feeling trapped to the wall and a prisoner to your pump.
While I was still a newbie exclusive pumper, I had no idea about portable pumps and all of the cool breast pumping accessories you could hack to pump with more freedom!
This breast pumping hack is simply an introduction to a portable system you can use to pump anywhere!
The best pumping on the go system hack
The BabyBuddha portable breast pump paired with Freemie Collection Cups is your answer to hacking a more productive day while still getting in all of your pumping sessions!
This system gives you the ultimate freedom by eliminating the need for a power outlet. The Freemie’s allow you to pump without it all hanging out so to speak.
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Here is a separate article if you’re interested in reading more about how the BabyBuddha and this system can improve your breast pumping success.
More to Love
There you have it mama, so many good breast pumping hacks and tips I know you will use! Every one of my posts are here to provide you with information, support and guidance throughout your entire motherhood experience.
Pleases be on my list and get even more special attention! I’d love to have you!
Here’s one last look at some of the hi lights of this read:
- The Ultimate Back to Work Pumping Class video course
- How to master your milk supply and be good at pumping
- Don’t miss out on your freedom pumping, get the BabyBuddha 20% off with this limited time code LOVEOURLITTLES20