Sadly, I didn't have a hands-free pump. In fact, I didn't even know they existed. I did, however, take my regular electric pump, cut two holes in my sports bra, and pushed the flanges through the holes before reattaching everything to create a "homemade" hands-free pump of sorts. I felt immediate freedom and realized there were actually some pretty amazing things I could accomplish with a hands-free pump.
If you don't already know, there are some really cool hands-free breast pumps available, now. However, they can be quite expensive (like, ridiculously expensive), so it's worth checking out little hacks you can easily rig to free up your hands while you pump if you can't afford the fancy stuff. You can use a bra with holes in it (like I did) or tie hairbands to the straps of your bra and attach them to the breast shields. I know, I know. You're welcome.
Pumping can take a long time, especially at the beginning when you're trying to get the hang of everything. Having to hold onto the breast shields as you pump can be annoying , messy and a waste of your precious time. I can't help but think of all the multitasking opportunities that are lost, while busy moms sit holding these flasks to their breasts and doing little of anything else (although, I do hope you all are resting because that's necessary and well-deserved). So, if you're looking to get a few things done while pumping, here's a few suggestions: