Now that I’ve been pumping at work for over a month, I’ve learned a couple of shortcuts that I thought I’d share.
1. When I pump at work, I store my pump parts in the fridge between pumping sessions. It really saves time not having to wash all the parts every time if I’m just going to use them again in a few hours.
2. Did you know that the Medela breast milk storage bottles can attach to the pumping flanges? I didn’t, not until recently (yep, I’m such a rookie). I was using the 2 oz measuring cylinders and washing extra parts for no good reason! So now I attach the bottle to the bottom of the breast shield and flange set to collect the milk and store it.
3. I combine breast milk from several pumping sessions into the same storage bottle. When I used the collection cylinders, I would combine the milk into one storage bottle after a pumping session, and again after the next pumping session if there was still room in the storage bottle. Now I reuse the storage bottle and pump attachments (see #2) from the earlier pumping session again in the afternoon and just continue to collect breast milk there.
These are the shortcuts I’ve learned for pumping. I’d love to hear more if anyone has any tricks to share. And if you want some additional support and a chance to get ready for pumping before you go back to work, check out this fantastic pumping class!