Anyone that's pumping or considering it knows that there are often many logistics to consider. Where am I going to pump? What attire will be best for pumping? Do I have all of my pump parts? The checklist for pumping can be quite exhaustive and make moms want to quit. But for the many nursing moms who work, there isn't a choice. Because of the separation, they'll have to pump if they want to feed their child breast milk. Whether you're an occasional or exclusive pumper, there are pumping hacks to know about if you're a working mom.
I pumped exclusively for a few months with my first daughter, and it seemed like a part-time job. I was committed to giving her breast milk as often as possible, but sometimes the packing, cleaning, and maintenance of my pump was simply overwhelming. Due to the time required to keep a pump in top sanitary condition — not to mention, proper suction condition — I ditched the whole pumping routine the first time I had to travel on a plane with my 3 month old. Had I looked into some tips and tricks, I might've found ways to deal with the pumping challenges I was encountering. Here are nine hacks to help you stay in the pumping game when you're a mom that works outside of the home.