Every mom wants to know how to best utilize every minute of her day, especially moms who pump. Pumping seems to take up a huge chunk of each day and multitasking isn't always easy. But what if you could combine the necessary action with something else you do every day that takes up a lot of your time, like driving? With car adapters for breast pumps and tons of moms sharing how they pump and drive, it seems like a convenient way to get both tasks done. But is it legal to pump breast milk while driving?
Well, the short answer is yes — it is legal to pump while driving. But according to DMV.org, most states prohibit handheld devices that can cause a distraction while driving. The website explained that three types of distractions — manual, cognitive, and visual — greatly increase your risk of getting into a car accident. So as long as your pump is hands-free (you'll want a bra that supports that, too) and causes no interference in your driving, it should be OK.
If you are planning on pumping and driving, there are some safety measures you can take. The most important thing to remember, explained Fit Pregnancy, is making sure you keep your hands on the wheel at all times while driving, and pull over to a complete stop if you need to make any adjustments. The article suggested preparing for your pumping while driving session by situating your pump and bottles, buckling in your seat belt, covering yourself with a nursing cover, and getting your pump started, all before you begin driving.
When you are finished pumping, recommended Exclusive Pumping, wait until you have pulled over and parked your car before you begin to unhook yourself from the pump. Keeping plastic storage bags on hand, the website suggested, will make it easy to store pump parts and your filled milk bottles if you’re in a rush. If it’s a hot day, take some ice packs and a cooler, which will help keep your milk fresh.
Pumping while driving can be a great way to utilize your time and make your day more productive. Just remember to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. (A manual pump absolutely won't work in this scenario.) Be sure you don't get distracted either. While you want to make the most of your time, safety should always be your top priority when driving.