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Packing Your Pump Bag – Things to think about.

Things to Think About:

Wall Plug: When packing your walk plug be careful not to wrap it tightly this can causing damage to the wires. (speaking personal experience here)

Battery pack: If your pump comes with a battery pack cord go ahead and put new batteries in it and toss into your breast pump bag. I put mine in the very bottom in a small plastic bag just in case I had a spill. If your pump has an internal back-up battery keep it charged. A best practice is to charge it every night so that your in the habit, more breast pump batteries only have a 3 hour pump time.

Car Plug: Buy a car plug adapter if your pump has the option. Even if a battery pack comes with you breast pump. Trust me on this one. They are $18 to $25 for most brands.

10877635_10152849778789536_1046067991_n Correct sized shields: Be sure to have already practiced pumping a few times and bought the correct sized flange/shield. If you are not sure if it is correct please call a breastfeeding counselor.

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Membranes: Have a package of extra membranes for your valves. It might just save your sanity. Same goes if your pump uses a valve doesn’t have membranes be sure to have extra valves

vavles

Medela stile valves with white rubber membranes attached

hygeavalve

Hygea and Ameda valves are all in one and all rubber. these will need to be replaced often as well as the rubber wears out.

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Containers: Bring 2 bottles, or bags, for each time you will pump.

Cooler: Be sure to have a cooler/insulated lunch box that cleans easy and ice pack(s). An extra ice pack is good to have, too. I kept the extra one in the freezer at work in case I had forgotten to pack mine.

Tubing: Have 2 of them, or the proper attachments if your pump has a special tube for double pumping. While pumping if your tubes develop condensation an easy way to clear this is to leave the tubes plugged up and the pump running while you clean up. The tubes within a couple of minutes will dry. If milk gets backed up into the tubing you will need to properly clean them. This is way having an extra set of tubes is a great idea.

tubeing

most pump brands regular tubing looks similar to this photo. You will need 2 of these tubes.

medelafreestylestube

Medela free style double tube attachment attaches to the pump with one end and then splits to go to each breast.

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The little things: In your breast pump bag carry one travel sized bottle of dish soap to wash everything from pump parts to your hands. Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer just in case. coconut oil or Lanolin to make pumping more comfortable. A package of moist towelettes for any little cleanup. Place all items in a sealed plastic bag to prevent the liquids from leaking into your breast pump bag and causing damage.

Night Before Routine

1. Pack pump accessory set(s) (washed, fully dried, and put together) into a gallon sized bag and put the bag into your breast pump tote. *Remember to never store your pump accessories until they are fully dry. Moist dark places grow bacteria quickly.

2. Pack your bottles and tops, or milk storage bags, in your breast pump bag.

3. Place the ice pack(s) in your cooler and in the freezer.

4. Get some rest

Morning Routine

1. Get your cooler out of the freezer and check that there is an Ice pack inside. Then add it to your to breast pump bag.

2. Do a quick visual to be sure that everything is still packed.

Needed:

  • 2 shields, 2 connectors, 2 valves , 2 membranes
  • containers (bottles, storage bags)
  • Tubing (2 tubes or attachment)
  • Ice pack
  • dish soap
  • Cooler
  • Wall Plug
  • Breast Pump!
Good to have:

  • Extra of shields, connectors, & valves if this is needed for your situation
  • Extra package of membranes
  • Extra tubing
  • Car plug and/or battery pack with new batteries
  • lanolin or coconut oil
  • moist towelettes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Water bottle
  • Gallon size bag for used parts to be washed at home or for refrigeration of pump parts between pumping sessions.

Extra bottles or bags

It is a good Idea to keep two bottles with tops, and/or some extra milk storage bags in your desk at work. The day you forget to fully pack your breast pump bag, or you forget the whole thing, you will be happy to have them. You will be happy you practiced hand expression, too! Again, trust me speaking for experience. 🙂

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