First off, good for you! If you are reading about breastfeeding products for the working mother, then you are most-likely making an effort to continue breastfeeding while working, and this effort should be commended.
I’ve been there, and I managed to breastfeed my firstborn for two years while working.
Whether you’re just thinking about working and breastfeeding or committing to it for the long run, I am glad you are here!
Now, I could lie and tell you that breastfeeding and working is an easy feat, but the fact is that it takes discipline, planning, and strategy.
The good news: You can do it, mama! Although challenging, it is quite possible, and there are some breastfeeding products for the working mother that will help you along the way.
Here are 10 breastfeeding must-have products for the working mother:
1. The Book Work. Pump. Repeat. By Jessica Shortall
I am a book girl, and I could not get my hands on enough books about breastfeeding and work. I was so clueless and had no idea how a breast pump even worked. The book Work. Pump. Repeat. was the book that saved me. It was written in a humorous and diplomatic way that drew me in. It was clear, to the point, and offered advice, products; you name it.
It was without a doubt the best book about breastfeeding and work that I read, and I read A LOT. I put it at the top of the list because I feel that it is a must-have that will provide you with the basic information you need. It is also a very quick read.
2. Electric Breast Pump
Okay, I know, this thing looks a bit intimidating, and I felt like I was shopping for farming equipment, but it is actually super easy once you get the hang of it. I used the Medela brand and was super happy with it. This product allowed me to provide milk for my baby when I was at work. It was a necessary breastfeeding product for the working mother.
I also needed a bag to conceal the pump, and this product comes with that accessory as well. Not only was the Medela reliable, but when I did have one issue around a year in, I called them up, and they overnighted a replacement part. Which leads to my next recommendation.
3. A Manual Breast Pump for Backup
I learned that a manual pump was a necessity the hard way. It was during hurricane season, and the power went out – Uh-oh! Also, there was that time when my electric pump malfunctioned because it needed a replacement part.
These are circumstances that you do not plan for, but they happen. If you have a manual pump, you are in the clear. I recommend this Lansinoh one.
4. Breastfeeding Friendly Bottles
Now I didn’t know this at the time, but your choice of bottle for the breastfed baby is extremely important. Some bottles go too fast, and your starving-milk-guzzling newborn will suck down a bottle super quickly. This leads to more pumping than needed, and we do not want that. So I used Dr. Brown’s, and they were a lifesaver.
They are specifically designed for the breastfed baby and feature a straw that slows down the milk. They also have slow drip nipples which mimic an actual boob. You can even get them in plastic or glass.
5. Breastmilk Storage Bags
You have to have someplace to store all that stored milk, and you can’t just throw it in your lunch Tupperware container.
As with everything else, your storage has to be sanitary, and these Lansinoh storage bags worked for me. In fact, I tried quite a few other brands before I discovered these, and they seemed to be the only ones that did not leak all over and did a good job with freezing and thawing.
I loaded up my freezer with these babies.
Whether you are new or experienced with breastfeeding, the boppy is another helpful breastfeeding product for the working mother. This pillow goes around your waist while the baby comfortably rests on it. Similarly to the hands-free bra, this product allows you to your arms back.
I am even able to nurse while typing on the computer with this bad boy. It is a lifesaver. You can also use it to prop up your little nugget when you aren’t nursing.
7. Hands-Free Nursing Bra
I know, I know, this bra looks hilarious, but it was one of the best breastfeeding products that I purchased.
Instead of holding two bottles to your chest to catch milk, this hands-free nursing bra allowed me to do paperwork, send emails, and more. If you want to be able to do something else with your hands while pumping, this product is for you!
Okay, to be blunt, breastfeeding causes some leakage, and there is nothing more embarrassing than looking down and seeing your business shirt soaked around your boobs.
You can only fold your arms for so long. That is why bamboobies are wonderful! They are inserts that go straight into your bra and prevent those dreaded wet marks. Embarrassment diverted.
9. Clean Steaming Bags for Pump Parts
This is a breastfeeding product for the working mother that I wished I had discovered sooner. Washing all those pump parts and remaining sanitary (which is also very important), can be incredibly time-consuming.
These steam bags saved me so much time and also cleaned bottles and pump parts better than my hand washing could ever do.
You just load up the bag with your parts and some water and zap it in the microwave for three minutes. They also can be used up to twenty times!
10. Nursing Scarf
I am a very modest person, and when I first started breastfeeding, I used this scarf all of the time in public. It was soft and fashionable and covered me up enough to make me feel comfortable for that first couple of months.
Now, I’ll be honest, after a little while, I didn’t care anymore what other people thought, and I nursed wherever I wanted to without the scarf. However, even after I had weaned, this scarf is still a great accessory for my black date dress and goes great with a business suit. It has definitely gotten its use.
I also love this classic cover from Bonita Bluum. It even comes with a matching carrying bag so you can chuck it in the car on your way to dinner at Bob Evans.
I hope these breastfeeding products for the working mother will help you out. Although not an easy feat, you can do it! I better get going; I have to pump.