Plan your outfits
If you're breastfeeding, you already understand the importance of selecting an outfit based on how easy you can get to your breasts. Something with a high neckline and zipper up the back just isn't practical for daily wear while breastfeeding. The same thing goes for pumping at work: You're going to want to select an outfit with easy access to your breasts, and something that doesn't require you to fully undress to pump. This can be more challenging if your office has a formal dress code. Consider wearing a button-down shirt with a nursing bra or tank underneath. Or, wear something loose that you can lift up. Consider bringing a spare change of clothes just in case you spill, too!
Pack your bagGet your breast pump bag ready to go ahead of time. Your breast pump essentials include more than just your breast pump; make sure you have these accessories:
- Your pump's power adaptor
- Extra bottles or breastmilk storage bags
- Ice pack
- Extra valves
- Water bottle and snacks
- Photo of baby
- Extra shirt for you
If this seems like a lot of stuff, you're right! But you wouldn't want to be stuck without any of it. If you're going to be pumping in the same place every day, or if you have a desk at work, consider storing some of these items at work with you. Keep an ice pack in the freezer at work just in case. Some mums even have two pumps, keeping one at work to reduce how much they have to carry home.