Pumping Accessories to Make Breastfeeding Easier

Pumping Accessories to Make Breastfeeding Easier

August 16, 2018

Pumping Accessories to Make Breastfeeding Easier

Pumping Accessories to Make Breastfeeding Easier
Pumping Accessories to Make Breastfeeding Easier

Breastfeeding, like parenthood, is a different journey for everyone. Some babies latch and feed well from the start. For others, well, it can be a struggle—like difficulty latching, low milk supply or painful breasts and nipples.

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.

First things first: ask for help when you need it. Take advantage of lactation consultants at the hospital or birthing center after you have your baby, or find one after you’ve come home if you’re having trouble breastfeeding or need advice or encouragement. Friends or family members who’ve been there can also be supportive.

Other types of support? Compresses and massage for engorged breasts, nipple cream for sore, cracked nipples and a great nursing bra can all help relieve discomfort you might experience.

And the right pumping equipment definitely can make a difference.

From getting the pump that fits your lifestyle to accessories that make cleaning your pump easier, here are some items from Medela to help you make your breastfeeding and pumping journey more successful.

Pumps

This strong, hospital-grade pump is a workhouse. Double electric and made for lots of daily pumping, it has a rechargeable lithium battery and it’s super quiet, so you can pump away wherever without a lot of noise. The 2-Phase Expression Technology with one-touch letdown button lets you get more more milk in less time when double pumping.

This Medela pump is also made for moms who pump multiple times a day. It’s rechargeable battery allows for three hours between charges, and a digital display with memory button, timer and backlight.

Good for everyday use, this double electric pump has a battery pack (8 AAA batteries required) and comes with accessories like a removable cooler bag with ice pack that holds four bottles.

Accessories

Store all that milk you’ve worked so hard to pump in these easy-to-use bags. Hygienically presealed, BPA-free and ready to use, these storage bags have a double zipper seal to prevent leaks, are self standing for easy filling and lay flat in the fridge or freezer.

When you’re at work, traveling or just tired at the end of the day, these steamer bags provide a quick and easy way to clean your pump parts, as well as bottles, nipples and pacifiers. Just add parts and water and throw in the microwave for 3 minutes. Plus you can use each bag up to 20 times.

When you need to quickly clean pumping parts like breast shields and valves, just wipe them down with these and be on your on way. They’re also handy for cleaning toys, changing tables and high chairs.

When you need to pump but also need your hands free, this Easy Expression Bustier can help. Wear it on its own or over a nursing bra, insert breast shields and you can pump while answering emails, doing laundry or on the phone.

The right size breast shield can make your pumping experience much more comfortable. You may want to try a new size if your nipples rub the sides of the shield tunnel, you see redness or notice your nipple or areola turning white during pumping. Store extras in your bag at work, or at home, for more convenient pumping and less cleaning ASAP.

Finding the right breast pump and accessories that work best for you, your baby and your lifestyle can make your pumping experience that much better.

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