As much as pumping is supposed to simplify your life, sometimes it feels like it adds more stress than anything. It gives you the freedom to get out of the house without worrying about nursing and allows your partner take over a few feedings, but it certainly requires a lot more preparation and forethought than simply nursing does. So, in order to make things as easy on yourself as possible, there are a few tools that every pumping mom should have in her arsenal, no matter how frequently or infrequently her pumping sessions.
Some moms exclusively pump for their babies, while others pump only as the need arises, but either way, these tools will make your life easier. I pumped as needed for both of my daughters, and though I never built up a stockpile of milk or tried exclusively pumping, I was no stranger to the pain of a bottle or one of those white flappy-things on your pump going missing (that's the technical term right?), or trying to pump without a hands free bra and do something other than hold the pump to my boobs. At the end of the day, it's much easier just to stock up on the pumping tools you know you'll already need than be in the middle of a session and have nowhere to store that liquid gold.