Being a mum is all about multi-tasking, it’s about working smart, figuring out how much you can fit into those precious moments while your baby sleeps – if you’re not hitting the hay yourself.
That’s why I am currently, pumping direct into a storage bag, hands free while I work on this blog post.
HOW? I hear you ask – seriously I wish I found this set up solution about 6 months ago, because until now pumping has been a right pain in the a#*e!
You need three things:
- A pump – I am using the Medela Swing pump – it has batteries, so it can be mobile but I’m using power as I sit at my desk.
- The Kiinde Twist Gift Set, which has an adapter that lets you pump straight into a storage bag with a screw top. That means from boob to freezer – or nifty bottle attachment, but I’ll get to that later.
- A Pump Ease hands free bra – yes the same one I paid my friends out for getting, I eat humble pie – it is AWESOME! From there, get yourself set up and then get on with whatever you need to get done. When you finish one side, switch sides and when you’re done there, simply unscrew the Kiinde Bag, pop on the screw top, label the bag and pop it in the fridge or freezer. SO EASY!
I came unstuck with a small leakage problem on my first go and had to cut the pumping session short to go and resettle my baby during a day sleep. I thought I would simply unplug the pump, leave the pump attached in the bra while resettling my baby and get back to it. Baby had other ideas and needed to be picked up. I left it on, because unlike a bottle that you can set down if your pumping gets interrupted, without dismantling the set up, it was a bit tougher. I am a big fan though and the overall ease, without disruptions really pays off.
The Kiinde has other benefits too – The bags attach onto a teat and slide into a bottle, so when you’re transferring valuable breast milk saves a potential round of contamination and less bottle washing up. The bags also go right into the included bottle warmer prior to being clipped into the bottle. Seriously, it’s cool.
Take a look at this video, it explains and shows the system and how it works.
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The storage bags can be used for food. That means that when your baby is on solids, it’s simple to get your own purees and mashed food into a pouch for feeding on the go. It even has a handy spoon you can screw right on the end to feed bub directly.
The kit has a stand for freezing your breastmilk or food pouches to keep your freezer organised, which is a great idea but unfortunately didn’t fit in my freezer drawers. It would have been great to have a build your own type set up so it could be better customised to available storage space.
Onto the Pump Ease, I really did pay out a friend for getting this and I take it all back! She was clearly much wiser than me as a new mum! They look quite glam on the packaging and unfortunately I don’t look the same but It’s really easy to put on. I cheated and had it over another feeding bra – mostly because I’m lazy and didn’t want to leak through the nipple hole and was running on a super tight deadline to pump and get out the door! The bra would easily keep a breast pad in place if needed if you are using a single pump – like I was. There are three sizing options that do up just like a normal bra with hooks and eyes, but on the front. It was simple to slide the breast pump funnel through the hole and it holds the pump really securely.
I really wish someone had taken me through how to pump efficiently as a super new mum, instead of trying to work out how on earth to fit it all in and getting stressed out about it.
Have you got any great tips on how to fit in your expressing with a new born, let us know by sharing in the comments.