Moms, especially new moms, have a lot on their plate. And worrying about pumping breast milk after a return to work can feel like a daunting task, especially if the office environment isn’t conducive to a post-maternity leave workforce (sadly, too many aren’t). Having gone through this experience ourselves, we’re here to help! Here are some essential ingredients to a stress-free pumping experience when you’re back to work:
While this goes without saying, there are many options out there. First, check to see if your insurance qualifies you for a free hospital-grade pump through the Affordable Care Act. Some local maternity stores offer breast pump rental services (check your local listings), which may also be covered by your insurance. You shouldn’t have to buy one, but if you do, the Medela FreeStyle Breastpump Deluxe is the way to go.
Hands-free pumping bra
Moms are the ultimate multi-taskers, and the hands-free pumping bra is one of the best inventions for us! We love the line at The Dairy Fairy, because aside from being functional, they’re also comfortable and don’t give off an “I’m a human milk machine” vibe.
If your office doesn’t have a fridge on site (or you’re just not comfortable with having your breast milk on view for all to see), you’ll want a cooler bag like this one to maximize freshness.
Trouble with lactation? It can happen, especially when baby’s not nearby. We love the product line at Milk Makers, which provides yummy-tasting cookies and teas to breastfeeding moms. Just don’t accidentally leave them out in the breakroom or office kitchen!
Accidents happen. And sometimes they happen in front of the I.T. guy at work. Put to bed any worries about leaking breasts and pick up some breast pads to carry in your purse. You’ll thank us later!