5 Must Haves For Working & Breastfeeding Moms
Hey guys! Today I’m sharing the top 5 must haves for working moms who are breastfeeding. These are all the things I wish I knew before showing up for my first day back at work after having my daughter Allie.
Now, of course these aren’t everything you’ll need (you’ll need a pump, storage bags or empty bottles, a bag, etc.), but I figured all of these were obvious. Today I’m sharing the not so obvious ;)
#1 Hands Free Nursing & Pumping Bra
You’ll need a GOOD hands free nursing and pumping bra. THIS one from Kindred Bravely is my absolutely fave! This one wasn’t so obvious.
I thought I’d just need a regular pumping bra. But I didn’t realize I’d need to be able to feed my baby before I dropped her off, be able to easily pump at work, then be able to feed my baby as soon as picking her up from daycare… all without having to change my bra.
Most pumping bras don’t transition to a nursing bra, so I’d find myself changing bras at work, it was THE worst!!!
If you’re in the market for a good hands free bra that transitions to both, you can use the code LITTLEMILKBAR20 for 20% (hollar).
#2 Reusable Nursing Pads
I didn’t even realize there were such thing as reusable pads until well into my breastfeeding journey. I was using disposable ones (so bad for the environment) and found myself buying a box every week, it sucked!
Then my friend told me about the reusable ones, what???? Why didn’t I know about these?
I LOVED these ones because they were made from bamboo (super soft!) and where plain white. I found that the pads that had cute designs on them would sometimes show through my shirt (eek).
#3 A Good Water Bottle
I don’t know about you, but when I pump or breastfeed, I feel like I could drink an entire lake of water. I get freaking thirsty!!!
A good water bottle that keeps my water ice cold was absolutely necessary. I couldn’t live without it.
I’d keep it right next to me on my desk while I pumped so when I’d get thirsty, I wouldn’t have to pause my pump session and go get water, I could just grab my bottle and suck it down (yum).
I might me biased but I’m obsessed with our Milk Maker water bottles we carry in the shop here.
#4 Photos & Videos of Your Baby
I bet if you opened up your phone right now, you’d have hundreds of pics of your little babe. I mean, she’s so cute, why wouldn’t you???
Some women don’t respond to the pump the same way they respond to your baby at your breast, making it difficult to have a let down getting the most amount of milk you possibly can.
I found that looking at pics and videos of my bay while I was pumping, would help my let downs a TON!
#5 A Cooler
No need to go crazy here. You just need a simple little mini cooler to keep your pumped milk nice and cold throughout the day until you can get home and store it properly.
I just used the one my pump came with, easy peezy ;)
If you have any to add to the list, please comment below, I’d love to hear them!
And if you’re in the market for a good hands free pumping and nursing bra or some reusable pads, use the code LITTLEMILKBAR20 over at Kindred Bravely to get 20% off your entire order ;)
*This post was sponsored by Kindred Bravely. A brand that I absolutely love and stand behind.