A Working Mom's Guide: 10 Tips for Pumping at Work

Me in the ladies room this morning. This skirt & blouse combo is easy access for pumping!

This is my second go round with learning the fine art of pumping at work. As I navigate the day in – day out balancing act that is conference calls, meetings, and finding time to pump, I thought I’d share some of my tips and tricks for making it all work. Do you have a tip for breastfeeding, working mamas too? I’d love for you to share it in the comments below!

(after the jump – 10 tips for pumping at work!)

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  • Invest in Microwaveable Sterilization bags 1 of 10
    Invest in Microwaveable Sterilization bags
    When I have extra time after my last pumping session, I can sterilize my parts at work instead of having to take them home in one of these nifty microwaveable sterilization bags.
  • Keep Your Pump Parts in the Fridge Between Morning & Afternoon Pumping Sessions 2 of 10
    Keep Your Pump Parts in the Fridge Between Morning & Afternoon Pumping Sessions
    To save time between morning and afternoon pumping sessions, put your breast pump flanges & bottles in a bag in the fridge at work. That way you can just grab them again in the afternoon without having to wash and dry them between pumping sessions.
  • A Hands Free Nursing Bra is a Must! 3 of 10
    A Hands Free Nursing Bra is a Must!
    Get work done while you pump! I use a PumpEase hands-free nursing bra so that I can pump and answer email at the same time.
  • Invest in Extra Bottles & Flanges 4 of 10
    Invest in Extra Bottles & Flanges
    Having an extra set on hand is nice on those days when you need to take your parts home to wash. An extra set ensures that you always have a back up set ready to go.
  • Bring a Photo of Your Baby With You 5 of 10
    Bring a Photo of Your Baby With You
    Looking at a photo of your little one can help your milk letdown faster.
  • Burp Cloths- Neccesary Even Without Baby Around 6 of 10
    Burp Cloths- Neccesary Even Without Baby Around
    I always keep a burp cloth in my pumping bag to wipe up spills and protect my clothing. They are a must!
  • A Good, Quiet, Double Electric Pump 7 of 10
    A Good, Quiet, Double Electric Pump
    Simply the fastest, most efficient way to pump at work is to have a good double pump. I use the Hygiea Enjoye which also offers the ability to record your baby's cry (major help in the fast letdown department)
  • Schedule Time to Pump! 8 of 10
    Schedule Time to Pump!
    You have to make pumping a priority! Otherwise, your day will fill up with meetings and to-dos. I schedule a 30 min. pump time at 10am and 2pm every day and block it out on my calendar. That doesn't mean I don't work during this time - it just means I may have to join the meeting from the phone.
  • Transport your Milk Home Safely 9 of 10
    Transport your Milk Home Safely
    I like to keep my milk in the freezer while at work and then transport it home in a soft sided cooler with an ice pack. I take all of my milk home on Fridays for the next week, but some prefer to take it home every evening. Whatever works best for you!
  • Wear Pump Friendly Clothing 10 of 10
    Wear Pump Friendly Clothing
    Take it from the woman who just had to strip down to her underwear to pump last week- wrap dresses and button down blouses are your best friend! Keep in mind how easy your access will be for pumping when you are getting dressed in the morning.

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