The time has come for you to return to work. It's a challenging and depressing time (believe me, there will be tears and frustration). Once the initial shock and separation anxiety decrease, it will get better, and hopefully, this checklist of must-have milk pumping supplies will help ease at least one step of your transition from maternity leave back to work. I have used all of the listed items in the checklist and had great experiences when I returned to working full time in an administrative role.
___ Portable Breast Pump (Medela Swing Portable Electric Breast pump)
___ Optional Backup Pump (Phillips AVENT Manual Comfort Breast Pump)
Note: Having a backup pump will save you a trip home or to Babies R' Us on days when you forget your pumping supplies at home, and believe me, that will happen. As a doctor of physical therapy, I don't recommend always using a manual pump because you will quickly tire out your hands and wrist and possibly develop carpal tunnel syndrome.
___ Milk Storage Bags (Lansinoh's leak-proof storage bags)
___ Milk Cooling and Storage Transporter (Munchkin Cool Wrap Bottle Bag)
___ Handsfree bra (Simple Wishes handsfree breast pump bra)
___ Nursing Pads to catch leakage (Lansinoh's Disposable Nursing Pads)
___ Bottle and supplies sanitizing bags (Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags)
___ Breast pump spare parts (Medela Breast Pump Accessory Set)
Note: You can easily rip or puncture breast pump membranes, so having quick access to spare parts will once again save you a trip to the local Babies R' Us.
Other office supplies:
___ Hand sanitizer
___ Music to calm and relax you while pumping
___ Modesty nursing cover
Tips: Between pumping sessions, put your breast pumping supplies (not the pumps themselves) into a freezer. Germs can't survive in the freezer. This will save you some time when you don't have to wash your supplies after every session. Remember to wash hands before and after pumping!
Breast-pumping-working moms out there, what other supplies do you recommend for us to add into our checklist?