Best Pumping Products and Accessories of 2020

Best Pumping Products and Accessories of 2020

June 18, 2020

Best Pumping Products and Accessories of 2020

Best Pumping Products and Accessories of 2020.
Best Pumping Products and Accessories of 2020

Breastfeeding, like parenthood, is a different journey for everyone. Some babies latch and feed well from the start. For others, it can be a struggle. And if you’re pumping, too—whether pumping exclusively, at work or enough to bottle feed on occasion—that can add an extra layer of complexity.

The right pumping equipment and accessories can make a huge difference.

From items specially designed for pumping on the go to products that will make you more comfortable, these are the best accessories to make pumping life easier and more successful.

If you’re fortunate enough to own a wearable pump then you already understand what a game-changer hands-free pumping can be. This easy-on, easy-off bra gives you the hands-free experience with any type of breast pump—and it’s an absolute must-have if you plan on pumping even a little bit throughout your feeding journey.

The Simple Wishes bra is a bustier-style bra that holds your breast shields, flanges and bottles in place while you pump. It features a front zipper and can be worn on its own or (more commonly) right over your nursing bra. It’s fully adjustable thanks to a Velcro panel across the back and can be thrown right into the washing machine when dirty.

The best part? Unlike other pumping bras, it really does hold everything securely in place while you pump. It’s a hands-down favorite when it comes to hands-free pumping. (We couldn’t resist.)

If you’re pumping enough milk to build a stash for your baby, you’re going to want a leak-proof bag for secure storage. We’ve tried almost every breast milk storage bag on the market and land on these Lansinoh bags every time.

Thanks to thick construction, reinforced double-seal side seams and a double zipper seal on top, Lansinoh bags are a safe, secure spot to store your liquid gold. They stand easily when filled and are designed to lay flat for freezing to maximize storage space. The measurements are easy to read across the front, and you can use an adapter that’s compatible with most major pump brands if you want to pump your expressed milk directly into the bags.

Frequent pumping can be tough on your nipples and cause irritation and cracking. Nipple cream can relieve and prevent these types of issues and is helpful to keep on hand from the first time you pump through the last.

Lots of nipple butters are thick and sticky—but not Earth Mama. The 100% organic formula is botanical-rich, lanolin-free and goes on smoothly. You can use it to relieve irritation or preventively prior to each pumping session. And since it’s all natural, you don’t have to worry about washing it off before you feed your little one.

Pumping at work or away from home means you’ll need a way to tote your milk around while also keeping it cool.

Falling into the “why didn’t we think of that?” category, this genius cooler bag is always at the top of the list when it comes to essential pumping accessories. Instead of using ice packs to keep things cool, the bag itself is insulated with freezable gel, and the whole thing pops right into the freezer. It eliminates the need for ice packs altogether, which means one less thing you have to worry about when you’re hauling around allll the other items you need to remember to pack when you pump. Win!

And since we’re on the topic of hauling things around…A roomy, sturdy and lightweight diaper bag is a must to make your pumping life easier. The MainFrame from Skip Hop checks those boxes and more. The backpack style makes it easy and comfortable to carry, and the wide bottom means you’ll be able to carry your pump and plenty of accessories wherever you need to go.

Pro tip: toss a wet/dry bag (we like this one, also from Skip Hop) into your diaper bag. They’re great for keeping dirty pump parts separate from the rest of your things if you’re pumping away from home.

One of the more frustrating aspects of pumping is all of the tiny parts that need cleaning after each session. A good cleaning brush can help make this less-than-fun chore a bit more bearable.

About the size of a first aid kit, this on-the-go cleaning kit comes with a full-size bottle brush, a nipple cleaner and a carrying case that unfolds into a drying rack. It’s the perfect all-in-one cleaning and drying kit if you’re pumping at work or away from home.

You’re not always going to have access to a sink when it’s time to pump, but you’ll still need a way to clean all of your pump parts. These wipes offer the ideal solution.

Quick Clean wipes are safe for wiping down your pump, flanges and any pump accessories. While you’ll still want to give everything a good scrub with soap and water at some point, these are definitely worth keeping in your diaper bag, your car or wherever you think you may need them when you’re out and about.

There’s one more cleaning must-have to add to your pumping arsenal—these microwave steam bags. You can toss in your pump parts (along with anything else you’d like to sterilize like bottle nipples or pacifiers) and pop the whole thing in the microwave for three minutes for a quick, efficient cleaning.

Each pack comes with five bags that can be used up to 20 times. We recommend always having a pack on hand for travel and at work.

Traditional nursing pads help safeguard against leaks if you’re a pumping or breastfeeding parent, but they’re also expensive and wasteful. Reusable pads offer a smart and economical substitute, and Bamboobies are some of our favorites.

These pads are thin, comfortable and, most important of all, washable. They’re made from an ultra-soft fabric blend and feature three layers of fabric for absorbency. Parents like that they don’t irritate sensitive nipples and get softer after each wash.

A product that serves more than one purpose is always a win in our book, and this one checks a lot of boxes. It offers plenty of coverage if you’re in need of some pumping privacy (same goes for nursing too, of course) but also works as a cover for a car seat, high chair or shopping cart or as a scarf. The fabric is soft and stretchy and there are tons of patterns and prints available.

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