Pumping 101: Returning to Work Edition.
April 21, 2014 12:31 PM Subscribe
I'm set to return to work next week after 16 weeks of maternity leave, and I'm trying to figure out what should go in my Amazon order this week to make sure pumping goes as smoothly as possible. I've been pumping with a hand-held manual pump once a day since early on, but the logistics of using my double electric pump at work and hauling stuff back and forth is really, really intimidating. I'm looking for tips about what things to buy to make this process easier when it's not just a few steps to my kitchen to clean the pump and store the milk.
posted by iminurmefi to Work & Money (16 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I will be commuting by bike to and from my office, and it's about a 15-minute ride. I'm assuming I'll just leave my pump at work (it's a Hygiea EnJoye, which is compatible with Medela parts) but schlep the need-to-be-cleaned parts back and forth every day, along with the expressed milk. I'm looking for specific advice on what to buy or how to handle the following issues:
*Bag / ice pack / something else (?) to keep the expressed milk cold after pumping and on my commute home. I'll have access to a refrigerator in my workspace, but I'm actually renting an office within another company's space, I don't know anybody there, and I'm not sure how comfortable I'll feel leaving breastmilk in the communal fridge, especially at first.
*Stuff to clean the pump parts in between sessions. Especially at first I just can't imagine walking into the shared kitchen with flanges leaking breast milk and washing them in the sink--so, what is the best solution here? Wiping down with paper towels? Something else?
*Anything else that will make my life easier on the pumping front--either tips, or things to buy. I have a Simple Wishes pumping bra and the actual pump (with one set of accessories) but that's about it.
For some reason, this is the single piece of going back to work that is really, really stressing me out, and I feel like I haven't been successful in finding "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pumping At Work" so I feel totally lost. I'm hoping other pumping mefite mamas can help me out here.