Pumping for baby: Experienced moms’ advice on returning to work

In between pumping sessions, put your pump parts in a Ziploc bag and put in the refrigerator until it is time to use again. That way you don’t have to wash each time.

Beware of 5:08 p.m.

That’s the time parents say is the worst time to be parents, according to a survey of 1,000 parents by Privilege Insurance. It’s when a “perfect storm” of dinner, baths and bed times begin to push stress levels through the roof, the survey found.


It helps if you can see, smell and hear your baby. Yesterday’s hat and video on your phone go far. Don’t fret too much, your first day back will suck and that is OK. The second one will, too. Don’t let the guilt get you. When they tell you to relax, they are not kidding. Take a deep breath, stare at your lovely baby and know that you are doing the best you can.


Pump Monday into bottles for Tuesday, drop off when picking up baby on Monday evening. Tuesday for Wednesday and so forth. Freeze Friday milk flat. Take oldest frozen milk on Monday.


I love my Juno Blu breast pump bag. It looks like a professional work bag so I don’t mind carrying it with me, even when I’m in a suit. It’s easy to hold everything I need for pumping, and I feel like it’s not as obvious that I’m carrying my pump and parts around with me.


Get some Dr. Newman’s Nipple Cream. So many great things it does but the antibiotic properties are a must for pumping.


Pack paper towels. The shields always drip on something and I’ve used some pretty desperate clean-up methods.


Find more helpful tips from the Bump Club and Beyond’s daily 3 a.m. Feeding Club at Facebook.com/BumpClubandBeyond.

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