A Pump Bag For Every Style: Which is Your Favorite?

Heading back to work after having a baby presents a number of challenges, some created by nature and some by the society in which we live. While there’s not much that can be done about postpartum hormones and the seemingly endless shape-shifting that happens after birth, our society can and should increase access to policies that improve postpartum life. In 2013 the Affordable Care Act did just that, by providing a provision that all insurance plans cover the cost of a breast pump for all women after birth.

Access to a high-quality breast pump and the protection of the time needed to use it at work is a powerful driver of women’s ability to successfully breastfeed for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommended year.  As women flocked back to the workplace post-birth in 2013 many were seen carrying the clunky black Medela bag, the pump sewn into it. Post 2013 however, insurance companies, in an effort to cut costs, removed the pump itself from the bag and began selling the pump and the bag (not covered by insurance) separately. This separation of pump and bag opened the door for women to begin selecting bags that met their personal needs and style.

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Whether you’re exclusively pumping for a baby who doesn’t latch or pump only while you’re away from baby for work or travel, how you carry your pump matters. The ideal pump bag is spacious, stylish, and practical. It should be durable and include space for the pump itself, 2-3 sets of pump parts, and a cooler for milk storage. The pump bags featured below meet these criteria and are versatile enough to transform into a multi-use bag once they no longer need to tote a breast pump.

Sarah Well’s Claire Bag

Sarah Wells carries a collection of breast pump bags designed with the needs of working moms in mind. The Claire bag is both professional and stylish and can be ordered in either leather brown or black. With room for a woman’s laptop, wallet, and keys in addition to her pump and pump parts, it’s as spacious as it is neatly designed. As a bonus feature, the Claire bag’s insulated pockets will keep expressed milk cold for up to 6 hours with the aid of an ice pack.

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Idaho Jones’s Chertsey Breast Pump Backpack

The Chertsey Breast Pump Backpack is perfect for moms who commute via public transit or who travel frequently for work. Though this bag is spacious, its compact design gives it a simple, clean feel. It includes a velvet lined phone pocket, a laptop sleeve, and a separate outer pocket for small personal items. Moms who spend the days with their baby but who exclusively pump will also appreciate the Chertsey bag as its pocket distribution allows it to serve as a compact diaper bag and breast pump bag at the same time.

Petunia Picklebottom Downtown Tote

While many pump bags are versatile enough to serve as a diaper bag once your baby is no longer relying on their mother’s milk, the Downtown Tote can truly go beyond baby. With genuine leather handles and a classic color block design, this bag is nearly indistinguishable from other stylish totes. While it doesn’t have as many individual pockets some other featured pump bags, its easy-to-clean interior material and timeless design make it a winner.

Arrows Weekender bag

The Arrows Weekender bag is considerably less professional that other breast pump bags but is a quality, affordable choice that works well for casual weekends or in a less formal work environment.  With a magnetic snap closure and 6 pockets, the Arrows Weekender bag ensures that pump supplies are easy to organize and to access.

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A Pump Bag For Every Style: Which is Your Favorite?

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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