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This year's best breast-pumping gear: Everything you need to pump like a boss

All the best gear to make breast pump life easier on you.

This year's best breast-pumping gear: Everything you need to  pump like a boss

The breast pump: a love-hate relationship if there ever was one.


For some moms, pumping offers a reprieve from nursing or an opportunity for a night out away from baby. For others, though—preemie moms, working moms, and even mamas of full-term infants who struggle with feeding from the breast—pumping is a necessity if they feel strongly about providing breast milk for their little one.

We've pulled together the best of the best of 2017 when it comes to pumping gear that will help you save time and stay organized. Less hassle, more milk—pump on, mamas! ?

1. Spectra breast pumps

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A powerful, efficient and portable breast pump is an absolute must for any new breastfeeding mama. We love Spectra pumps for all of these reasons and more. The hospital-grade technology of these pumps mimic a suckling motion rather than a sucking one, and feature options like rechargeable batteries for easy portability, timers, night lights, and completely adjustable suction settings. We've also noticed they're much quieter than other brands, which we love!

Pro tip: Most insurance plans now cover breast pumps, so be sure to check with yours to see if you qualify for a free pump.

2. Petunia Picklebottom Intermix Backpack

Ok so full disclosure, the Intermix (to die for) backpack is not technically a breast pump bag. But we love it so much, it has so much space, so many pockets, and so much style that it would be wrong of us to not tell our pumping mamas all about it. We suggest using the main pocket to tote your pump and the rest of the pockets to hold pump parts, bottles, and other necessities.

Pro tip: When your pumping days are behind you, you can still get lots of miles out of this bag as a work bag (it fits a laptop), diaper bag, or just an all around cute backpack.

3. Simple Wishes Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra

A certain author of a certain MotherlyLoves guide, who may exclusively pumped for an entire year for her adorable-yet-finicky preemie, assures you that if you buy one pumping accessory, it should be the Simple Wishes Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra. It's easy to get on and off, holds its shape after dozens of washes, easily adjusts to fit your changing body, and keeps your breast shields firmly in place so you can free up your hands while you pump.

Pro tip: Save time by unclipping the flaps of your nursing bra and zipping the hands free bra directly over it to pump.

4. Freemies

Freemies is the pumping mama's secret weapon. Instead of needing to buy a special pumping bra to awkwardly attach those pump bottles, these breast pumping cups slip into an existing bra and collect your milk easily. The resulting chest plate makes you feel more like breastfeeding Wonder Woman than awkward woman. We're big fans.

Pro tip: You can refrigerate your Freemie cups between pumps in a single day—less time cleaning, more time milking.

5. PackIt Freezable Baby Bottle Bag

PackIt bags are one of those products that we just don't know how we ever lived without. No more bulky, heavy ice packs to worry about when you're schlepping around bottles of breast milk—PackIt bags have freezable gel packed right into the walls of the bag. Just fold the bag, place it in the freezer overnight, and it's chilled and ready to use by morning. Genius!

Pro tip: Post-breastfeeding, these bags are perfect to tote baby food, snacks, or anything else you may need to keep cool.

6. Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags

Storing your milk properly is just about as important as pumping it. Lansinoh's Breastmilk Storage bags have reinforced side seams and a double locking top seal to ensure you won't waste a drop of liquid gold. And now with the new adapter, you can pump directly into the bags using most standard size pumps.

Pro tip: If you're freezing your bags for later use, be sure to lay them flat; they'll take up way less room and will be much easier to organize and store. We also ? this genius freezer storage hack.

7. Kiinde Twist Breast Milk Storage System

If you're looking to bump your pumping game to the next level—and really, who isn't?—you need to check out Kiinde. This innovative system allows you to not only pump directly into storage bags but also to label, organize, refrigerate or freeze, warm, and feed from the same pouch. Um, yes please.

Pro tip: In the early days of pumping, only freeze two ounces per bag. You can't re-freeze thawed milk, so if your babe doesn't finish you'll have to toss the rest, which we can't even think about without audibly gasping.

8. Yogi Women's Nursing Support Tea

As if we need another reason to love tea? Yogi's nursing tea not only tastes great, but also contains fennel and anise, two ingredients traditionally used to boost milk supply. It's also caffeine free, so you don't have to worry about it keeping you awake all night; that's what babies are for, silly! ?

Pro tip: Not a fan of hot tea? Make a big batch, put it in the fridge, and enjoy some iced tea while also boosting your supply!

9. J. Crew Everyday button down shirt

A button down shirt is a wardrobe staple for any nursing and pumping mama. The Everyday button down from J. Crew is dressy enough to wear to work but relaxed enough for Sunday brunch. The buttons make it easy access for nursing or pumping, and the cotton fabric means it's completely machine washable.

Pro tip: Throw a nursing tank on under this shirt for a little extra privacy in case you need to nurse or pump while you're out and about.

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    These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

    Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

    While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

    I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

    I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

    My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

    The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

    Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

    Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

    1. Go apple picking.

    Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

    To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

    2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

    We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

    To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

    3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

    Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

    To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

    4. Have a touch-football game.

    Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

    To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

    5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

    Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

    To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

    This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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