Anyone who has ever had to pump while away from their baby knows the trials and tribulations you have to go through. From remembering all the parts for your pump, the containers or bags to put the milk in, to the cooler to transport the milk if the transport is long. All of these things can make pumping a real headache.
I am a working mother of two under two. I am exclusively breastfeeding my son, so while I am at work I have to pump 3 times per day. Of course my son drinks a lot more milk than my daughter did, so I have to at least pump 16 oz. per day while I am away. I have found a few things that have really helped me with my daily pumping routine.
The first thing that has really been my savior is the Shoosha Rescue Nipple Balm. If you are like me, my nipples get sore from pumping a lot. Pumping is so mechanical and it can be daunting because there is no sweet baby to look at. You can put the nipple balm on before you pump to help lubricate your nipple area so that you don’t get sore. And then after pumping, (I keep a nipple balm in the fridge) you can apply the cold balm for a refreshing healing feeling. What is nice about this balm is the compact size, it travels well in a bag or your purse. You also do not need very much because it goes a long way.
The second thing that has made my life easier are the Freemie hands free collection cups. These collection cups can be used with many different pump brands and styles. You just select the type of pump you have and they have the adapters to make it work. This makes it so you don’t have to buy a special bra and you can pump with your shirt on for extra privacy. It also makes pumping in the car very easy. (I try to pump on long drives because you mine as well get something done while driving).
The last thing that I suggest using for moms struggling with milk supply is finding a supplement that works for you. There are many different kinds out there as well as cookies and teas that help with supply issues. I take a supplement called Lactation Support by Gaia Herbs. I get it on Amazon and it is a pretty easy pill to take.I hope this helps some of you moms struggling with pumping. These are things that have really helped me on my journey. Please feel free to leave comments or questions about pumping and I will make sure to write you back.