When you’re pumping we know you’re doing a million other things too, so it helps to be organized. Pick a spot that’s comfortable and quiet whether you’re at work or home. You may opt for a breast-pumping station that travels from room to room or even to work. Privacy is lovely, but let’s face it, sometimes it’s just a pumping pipe dream. Some moms actually set up two stations – one in the bedroom for nighttime pumping and another in their main living area where they tend to spend most of their days.
First things first, get comfortable!
Surround yourself with supportive pillows to ease the stress on your back (yes, pumping can take a toll on our backs so make sure you are supported and comfortable!).
Add soft blankets, just because you deserve them.
Remember, this is your time and it can be hard work so make your pumping and/or breastfeeding spot as relaxing as possible. It’s all about finding your happy place.
Once you find your perfect pumping place(s), let’s talk about the goods. Here’s your station checklist, aka, everything you never knew you needed but will be oh-so-glad you have.
1. The Pumping/Nursing Cart
Pumping carts are typically multi-use carts that roll, so mom can move around if need be. Need will likely be. We love this one from Amazon and when breastfeeding days are behind you, this cart can easily double as a rolling catch-all, or for use in any bathroom or laundry room.
2. The Breast Pump
Willow Pump is mom's favorite and easy to store in your station because there are no cords to tangle things up, it doesn’t leak and you can actually leave your nook while pumping and get ‘er done around the house or out in the world. It’s a whole new pumping game. Whichever pump you choose, be sure to keep extra parts on hand always and switch them out as needed.
3. The Fun Stuff
Stash a few things to help you pass the time while pumping…a good book, your laptop or even the remote to catch up on Netflix. Make pumping something you actually look forward to – it may even start to feel like a well-deserved break from your day.
4. Nipple Lubricant
Nipple lubrication (words we never thought we’d say before pumping) is essential. Coconut oil is a wonderful choice. Baby-safe, so there’s no need to wipe it off before nursing. In addition, Coconut Oil is a natural antibacterial (And it smells good too!)
Whether you choose lanolin, petroleum or coconut, be sure it’s food-grade and safe for baby’s digestion.
The feeling of vibration, heat and even massage are big stimulants to encourage and increase milk flow.La Vie offers an amazing assortment of milk boosters, from warming massage pads to massage rollers to get things flowing. Visit LaVieMom for a full arsenal of lactation tools.
6. The Pumping & Nursing Bra
Every nursing mom needs a hands-free pumping bra – period. Multi-tasking while pumping is real and a good bra will hold things in place so you don’t have to. Willow fits neatly into your bra without cords and lets you not only multi-task, it allows you be so utterly discrete, no one will know you’re pumping…except you.
7. Clean-Up Supplies
Clean towels are a no-brainer because things can get messy….a lot less messy with your leak-free Willow pump, but fresh towels are never a bad idea. Keeping your flange dry while pumping may also help eliminate loss of suction.