5 Tips for Pumping in 2018
As 2018 kicks off, many new mommies (whether seasoned or brand new) are starting off the year with the need to pump. Here are 5 tips for pumping to help make your 2018 just a tiny bit easier.
5 Tips for Pumping in 2018
1. Make sure you have a good pump!
Having a good pump is ESSENTIAL if you are a working mom. This is not an expense that you should spare. I promise! There are a lot of things you can “give up,” like that third set of matching burp clothes.
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2. Utilize your cooler and ice pack
As a working mom, you will be on the go. In that time, you will need to pump. I always carried a good cooler and ice packs with me. The one that comes with your diaper bag is not going to do it for you. You need one that can keep your milk cold for 8-12 hours, so make sure you take a good look.
Two additional tips:
a. If you have access to a fridge during the day, keep your cooler and ice pack in the freezer. This way it is nice and cold when you go to pump.
b. If you don’t have one, then don’t feel like you are wasting your milk. Put the Cooler and ice packs in the “coldest” or shadiest place possible, that way your milk won’t spoil.
3. Take this time to rest and relax
This one is the hardest for me, even when I wasn’t pumping. BUT, you have 20 minutes to yourself. Take the time to read a book, listen to a podcast (My Favorite Murder is probably my favorite right now), and enjoy.
As a working mom, we don’t get many breaks, so take them when and where you can!
4. Schedule your pump times.
This will also help you relax (see #3), you will know when you are supposed to pump so you can take things with you!
Bonus tip: If you baby keeps to a certain schedule, try scheduling your times then, that way you are ready for when they are there with you!
Now, I understand that things can come up and be unexpected. So, make sure to head this advice: You are taking care of your child, even if they are not there. DO NOT feel guilty for walking away to pump. DO NOT feel ashamed that you need to walk away and pump. DO NOT feel like you are letting someone down. You are doing what you need to do for yourself and your new child!
5. Get a good pumping bra or make your own.
Most women try to resist the pumping bra initially. They think it will either be uncomfortable, or it will not give their new-found cup size an accurate lift. HOWEVER, a good pumping bra makes your time while pumping EASIER and much more convenient.
If you feel like this is an expense you don’t want to spare, then get an old sports bra and cut holes in it. Think I am joking? This is what I did.
A piece of your baby's clothes could help with your let down!
2018 doesn’t have to be filled with the pumping blues! Make it work for you with these tips!
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