Pump gear & setup

  • how to pump - setup
  • List the equipment - more than just a pump, bottles, warmers, sterilisers, nipple pads, lanolin - so where to start? 
  • for home
    • trying to increase supply
    • Most comfortable
    • Power pumping?
  • for work – eg elvies, freemies QUIET
    • How to feel most comfortable pumping at work
    • Pumping at work hacks
    • Pumping at work cleaning parts
    • Storing milk at work

The thing about pumping is that it’s not just the pump. It comes with all sorts of accessories required to store, clean and feed milk to your baby. 

Your nursery room is likely going to start looking a lot less like a Vogue interior, and more like a backyard chemistry lab. 

One trick to keeping your mind calm and your body calmer, is to have it all organised. It’s one of those situations where giving everything a place, and having lots of containers and tubs can really take the edge off. 

Here’s a list of the types of accessories you might need: 

  • Pump (and all its bits like flange, valve, tubing etc) - see section x for a diagram. 
  • Container of pre-cleaned pump parts (get your carer to have this ready for you) 
  • Container for your used pump parts 
  • Container for your breast related things, depending on how you’re finding pumping and feeding. This could contain anything from nipple ointment (to spread on the nipple before and after pumping to reduce friction), nipple pads (for placing in the bra against the nipples to soothe them, and stop from leaking through to your shirt), breast heat/cool packs (variety of shapes and sizes of packs to offer comfort in cooling or warming the breast), nipple shields (super thin silicone sheaths that some people use to protect the nipple breastfeeding or sometimes help make it easier for the baby to latch). 
  • Container for all the feeding parts. Bottles, teats. Our biggest tip here is to buy double what you think you need. It’s nice to have spares handy when washing gets waylaid between pumps. 
  • Container with cleaning equipment. Bottle brushes, teat brushes (you want to get right in there and scrub the gunk out), detergent, clean paper towel for air drying on, air drying rack, microwave sanitiser kits, UV sanitiser kits. 
  • Personal sanity and wellness. Water bottle, cups of tea, books, snacks, music, phone (although it’s probably not helping). 

Each woman has a different experience with pumping. If you’re unlucky, you might need all of this, but chances are you won’t. Here’s how we think about the bare minimum you’d need depending on your circumstance. 

Container

Light pumping 1x/day or less

Lots of pumping

>3x/day

Exclusive pumping >5x / day

Pump and parts

y

y

y

Pre-cleaned pump parts

y

y

Y - get two or three sets of everything to save washing if you can afford it

Used pump parts 

y

y

y

Breast related things

depends

depend

depends

Feeding things

A couple bottles and teats

Half a dozen bottles and teats

As many bottles and teats as you can afford and store

Cleaning equipment

y

y

y