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Today I'm sharing with you what I pack in my pumping bag. I'm a nursing mom, and I work full-time, which means that when I'm working, I'm pumping! Here's how pack my bag with my breast pump and all my accessories to keep myself organized.
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When I first saw this bag, I flipped it over and took a look at the bottom. I knew I needed a bag with enough space inside for my pump and a small insulated cooler to sit flat on the bottom inside the bag. When I saw that this bag had an extra-wide base, I knew it would work perfectly. And it does!
1. Breast pump: connected and ready to go (When I pack my bag, I attach everything I'll need, including all of the pump pieces and the bottles I'll pump into. This saves time when I get to work and helps me make sure that I'm not forgetting anything essential.)
2. Extra bottles
3. A water bottle
4. Extra pump pieces (It's hard to see, but I keep an extra set of pump pieces in my bag at all times. Once I had one of the little pieces tear halfway though the day, and I couldn't finish pumping. Turns out that every piece- no matter how small- is actually really important, so now I keep extras on hand just in case!)
5. Bottle lids (Again, I usually keep one extra in there, just in case)
6. Cleaning wipes
7. Wet/dry bag (I have 3 of these because I have an addiction. I use them for everything and they come in such cute patterns and colors!)
8. Hands-free pumping bra (I love this one!)
10. Insulated bag/cooler with ice packs (I have two of these - one for me, and one to send the bottles to daycare the next day. It's just the right size for 6 Ameda or Medela bottles.)
11. Nursing cover (If you're pumping somewhere you might get walked in on- eek! I love this one.)
You might also want to include a book or your phone so you don't get bored while you're pumping.
So, just a quick note about the wipes and the wet/dry bag: I don't wash my pump parts during the day. I just don't have time to/don't want to. What I do is wipe everything off, toss the parts in the wet part of the wet/dry bag, and throw it all in the refrigerator to keep everything nice and sanitary until I'm ready to use it again. I use the same parts all day, then I wash and sanitize them when I get home. I use the dry part of the wet/dry bag to store extra bottles and lids.
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check out my other posts in the Perfectly Packed series. You might also enjoy reading about how I organized a nighttime nursing station in the corner of my bedroom.