There are countless items for breast pumps and for breastfeeding and pumping moms. The following items are must-haves, they will be absolutely needed and used by every mom out there who pumps breastmilk.
Here are 5 Pumping Essentials Moms Need:
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1. Breast Pump
This one is a no brainer if we want to save milk and store we will be needing something non-manual. Now, I chose to show the Spectra 2 Pump because is the one I use.
It also saves your settings for Cycle and Vacuum which comes handy as the only thing you have to press is the button on the middle with three wave lines to switch between types of suction that you have preset.
If you want to save money on a breast pump I recommend checking with Aeroflow. I got my breast pump free through my insurance, to see if you qualify for a free breast pump through your insurance visit their page.
This little device is amazing. It is a milk catcher, which is great for when you’re feeding the baby and the other breast gets overly excited and you get a letdown and milk sprays everywhere.
I use it all of the time, every time I get at least 1 1/2 oz of milk that otherwise would have been all over me and my shirt. Go and can get your own Haakaa.
3. Nursing Bra / Pump Bra
Hands-free pumping is the next best thing since sliced bread. You need a bra, any bra. You can make it out of a sports bra by cutting holes in it and it’s free or you can just purchase one. They typically range from $10 to $35. I would recommend the Lansinoh Hands Free Bra.
4. Milk Storage Bags
Whether you’re nursing and pumping for a stash or you’re exclusively pumping, you will need these bags. Lansinoh is the one I prefer and have been using since my baby was born but the Medela bags are also a good alternative.
This is an optional one for exclusively breastfeeding moms but for those who pump, store and give a bottle to the baby; then you will be needing this. Now, I would recommend the slow flow bottles to start with whether you’re breastfeeding or not.
My reasoning is, slow flow allows the baby to breathe between gulps and baby won’t choke on milk and also for those who also breastfeed and bottle feed, well it will get baby used to working for milk and he won’t reject the boob.
These are my 5 Pumping Essentials Moms Need, think I missed one? Let us know in the comment section below…
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