8 Vital Hacks for Pumping Mothers

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If you're planning to offer your baby breastmilk through a bottle, full-time or part-time, the idea of pumping might seem like an impossible juggle.

Ideally, pumping will work best if you've been able to establish a good milk supply through nursing. It's not an option in every situation, but if it's available to you and you're comfortable with it, it will help ensure you have a steady supply. A good amount of maternity leave will also help set the stage for easier pumping, but even if that's not an option, all is not lost.

While it's not a necessity for breastfeeding mothers, if you need to be away from your baby at any point, or a medical, health or preference sways you to choose to pump, getting the right information can help make the process much smoother.

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If you're planning to pump, for any length of time and for any reason, here are 8 useful hacks that will make it all so much easier:

Visit a lactation consultant

Before you choose a pump, talk with a certified lactation consultant who can offer you tips on what you'll find useful and direct you to a pump that will work best for you. Be upfront about how often you plan to use or need to pump because it will have a big difference in which is recommended.

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Bring something that smells like your baby

Especially earlier on, getting your milk to flow can take a while but smelling your baby can help get it all going. If you're going to be occasionally pumping, ideally having your baby to look at and listen to is best, but if that's not possible, all is not lost.

Instead, carry a photo of your baby with you and receiving blanket along with your pumping gear to help the process.

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Pick up a “hands-free” bra

They may look silly, but if you have an office with a door or a private place where you can pump, it's ideal. You can hook everything up and even catch up on emails or paperwork while your pump does the work.

Even if you're just going to be occasionally pumping, the hands-free bra is like a multitasking dream come true.

Leave an extra power cord at work

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There will come a time when you rush off to work only to discover your power cord was still plugged into the wall. It can cause panic to even the most level-headed woman, but plan ahead for these situations as much as you can.

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Put an alarm on your phone

If you try to find the “perfect” time to pump at work, you'll never find it. Instead, make a solid schedule for when you're going to pump every day, block it off in your work's calendar, and set an alarm on your phone so you don't get side tracked.

Put your parts in the fridge

If you're at work for a full 8-12 hours, there might be a crazy day where you don't have as much time to sanitize your breast pump parts, like the flanges, between sessions. Instead, give them a quick rinse and store them in the refrigerator in a zip-close bag.

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Dress accordingly

If you know you're going to be pumping a few times at work, make sure your wardrobe makes it easy to do. You don't have to dress frumpy, but a lot of the breastfeeding tops (which are chic, too) can work well for pumping mothers. Also, darker colors and patterns will help cover you if your breasts leak at all during the day.

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Turn up the heat

If you're finding that you struggle to get your breastmilk to flow, it may be because you're too cold. Get a blanket, adjustable thermostat, or think warm thoughts and it will help increase your milk production. This may be especially important if you're at work – offices, for whatever reason, tend to feel more chilly.

What are your best tips to give to other moms who pump? Share in the comments!

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8 Vital Hacks for Pumping Mothers

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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3 comments

  1. ERG says:

    setting an alarm was a huge help – I used a “spa” like tone for the alarm – so it was a more relaxing sound to stop work and go pump. also when people hear your phone/alarm going off, they seemed to respect/acknoledge your need to excuse yourself more

  2. NewMom23 says:

    Great Tips! After pumping for a year at work, I can agree all of these are helpful. I wish I would’ve known about keeping warm, a blanket would have been a big help!

  3. Sylvia says:

    I can personally attest that scheduling pumping sessions (and sticking to them) and using nursing bras for comfort and easy access make all the difference in the world!

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