6 Necessary Breast Pump Accessories

Breast Pump gear that will make pumping a whole lot easier.

6 Necessary Breast Pump Accessories

Pumping isn’t particularly fun for anyone. But it’s something you may have to do -- whether if you are a working mom, planning on a trip or wanting dad to feed baby every once in a while. Though having to pump your milk can be tedious and time consuming, equipping your breast pump with the right accessories can make all the difference.

From fashionable apparel that offers easy access for nursing or pumping to milk storage solutions, moms need products that they can count on. Here are six items that pumping moms swear by.

1. Loyal Hana Fashions. We are in love with Loyal Hana’s offerings. The founder bases all of her designs on the concept that the right clothes have the power to make the modern woman feel confident, capable and beautiful. Their Christy Top is one of our favorites. Designed to take you through your pregnancy and nursing journey, this super soft top has a fitted silhouette and classic crew neckline. But the best part is that this top has hidden zipper gussets at the chest for easy and discreet pumping, too.


2. Sensible Lines Milk Trays. Now you never have to cry over wasted milk, because you can thaw only what you need. Invented by breastfeeding, working moms, these sleekly designed and easy-to-use sensible storage trays freeze breast milk in one-ounce “milk sticks” that, unlike ice-cubes, will fit through any bottle opening. The lids are specifically designed to block out freezer burn, eliminate freezer smells and can easily be stacked to maximize your freezer space. Plus they are made from BPA-free and PETG plastic, a medical-grade plastic that meets the highest standards and are manufactured in the USA.

3. Rachel’s Remedy Breastfeeding Relief. We recently added these relief packs to our store, and they have been flying off the shelves. Rachel’s Remedy relief packs are the only FDA-cleared moist heat or cooling relief product available to help with the problems and discomforts often associated with pumping and breastfeeding. These relief packs slip into any bra and provide moist heat while a waterproof barrier keeps mom’s clothing dry. Plus, you can use them before you start pumping to increase your milk production.

4. Pumpin’ Pal Angled Flanges. These angled flanges – compatible with many pumps on the market including Medela -- promote better flow, can reduce irritation and help prevent mastitis and other infections caused by plugged ducts. But the best part is that you can sit back in a more comfortable position while pumping. Our moms call this a front and back saver.

5. Oxo Bottle Brush with Stand. A bottle brush seems like a simple item, until you are cleaning bottle after bottle for your little one. Then you truly come to appreciate how a great brush can be a life (and time) saver. The Oxo brush has both soft and firm bristles to get the job done on any size or shaped bottle. And as a bonus, inside the handle there is a bristled nipple cleaner to get milk residue out of tight spots in nipples and breast pump parts.

6. Milk Storage Organizer. Pumping moms can get overwhelmed when they try to freeze, store and organize their milk in the freezer. But it doesn't have to be that way. This spring-loaded drawer freezes milk flat and pushes it up to the front, so just load the rack from the back and grab from the front.

Pump pictured: Lansinoh Smartpump Double Electric Breast Pump.

Written by Amanda Cole, founder and president of Yummy Mummy, a breastfeeding specialty store and support center in NYC. Amanda opened Yummy Mummy in 2009 after shopping for breastfeeding products for her daughter and thinking “there must be a better way.” She envisioned and then opened a one-stop-shop for all things breastfeeding that offers daily classes and support groups for expectant and new moms.

By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's electric pump

For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.


Hands-Free Pumping Bra

Dr. Brown''s hands free pumping bra

Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!


Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

Dr. Brown's manual breast pump

If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.


Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

Dr. Brown's nipple shields

There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌


Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.


Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.


Washable Breast Pads

washable breast pads

Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.


Breast Milk Storage Bags

Dr. Brown's milk storage bags

The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.


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