6 Tips to organize your pump bag

Use these #momhacks to simplify your pumping routine

A perfectly packed pumping bag can’t magically give you longer uninterrupted pumping breaks or sterilize your gear for you. But when you streamline the process as much as possible, it can seriously simplify your day. More time and less stress? Sign us up!

We know the pumping life ain’t easy. So we’re here to address the common headaches and serve up our #realmom solutions for keeping things simple and organized.

If you’re fumbling for the right parts…

Do this: A pumping mom’s favorite organizational item? Ziploc bags. Use them to store those tiny pieces, backup parts, even breastmilk in a pinch (double-bag that liquid gold or track down an unopened water bottle, dump the H2O and use a flange to funnel the milk in). Or buy a couple of wet bags—one for each set of parts—so you can just grab and get pumping.

If you’re worried your pumping space isn’t clean enough…

Do this: In an ideal world, we’d all pump in a dedicated mother’s room or in the comfort of our own home, but that’s not always a reality. Stash a pack of disinfectant wipes in your bag and wipe down the countertop or table before pumping. Lay out a small, clean hand towel to place parts as you assemble, disassemble and clean them—and cut the chances of anything rolling away or getting left behind. These items also come in handy for wiping any drips and drops while packing up post-pumping.

If you’re cleaning your parts all. the. time…

Do this: Sure, it’s a best practice to clean your parts after every session. Here’s a realistic take: Toss the parts in a Ziploc or wet bag and place them in the fridge between sessions to prevent yucky bacteria growth. Alternatively, disassemble the parts, rinse them in water or wipe with quick-clean pump wipes, and clean everything at the end of the day. Use an extra set of parts for your next session (we can help set you up with backup accessories at no cost!).

If you can’t find time to sterilize…

Do this: Who’s got time to wait for water to boil? Microwave steam bags will disinfect your parts in three minutes flat (hint: you can also use the bags to store and organize your parts!). Or if your pump parts are dishwasher-safe, toss them in the dishwasher on the sanitize setting. No extra equipment required!

If you’re forgetting or losing pump parts…

Do this: Repeat after us: Always have a backup set on hand. But in case you don’t (because life), make sure you order backup accessories from Ashland Women’s Health. They will bill your insurance for extra parts throughout the duration of your nursing journey. But just in case you are really in a pinch, keep a manual pump on hand.

If you’re juggling too many bags…

Do this: Consolidate all your pumping must-haves into one large tote: pump, Ziploc bag of parts, breastmilk storage bags or the screw-tops to your pump bottles, cooler bag with ice packs (we love the PackIt!), wipes, pumping bra. While it might seem bulky, it will only require one shoulder to carry and you know you’ll have everything you need.

Now that you’re armed with next-level tips and tricks, you can simplify your pump bag and streamline your routine. But look, no amount of organizing, prepping or hacking can make up for having the wrong pump. Connect with Ashland Health early to find the right pump that’s perfectly suited for your lifestyle.