I struggled with how to store and warm my BM for a long time. With my first baby, I stored (and warmed) my milk in 5 oz bottles from Medela (I ordered these in addition to my pump kit) and they work great! But with Sloane, I really wanted a plastic free solution for milk storage and warming and that’s when I started using these super cute 8 oz glass jars and I loved this method.
It took a while for my milk to come and Mother’s Milk tea helped SO much. I drank a cup in the morning and a cup at night and there was a noticeable difference in my milk supply. This was especially helpful with Sloane as she was a month early so my milk took longer to come in.
Here’s all the goodies I used while I pumped:
– 8 oz glass jars
– Kiinde bottle warmer
– Medela Pump in Style Advanced Make sure to contact your insurance as most breast pumps are free, or extremely discounted through insurance these days. If not, look on your local Facebook marketplace group, eBay, etc. The actual pump parts (except the bottle, flanges and accessories, obviously) never touch the milk so it’s not unsanitary to buy a used one.
-OR- check out the Willow Pump this came out towards the end of my pumping experience so I have not tried this one, BUT it’s looks AH-MAZE-ING and I will definitely try this one if we have another kid.
– Sarah Wells Breast Pump Bag – You are required to carry around the most basic ugly pump bags that come with your pump. There are some seriously cute ones out there by Sarah Wells, Ju Ju Be and other brands. Look them up and find something that makes you feel good carrying your pump. It will totally enhance the experience.
– PumpEase Hands Free Pumping Bra – You guys, if you’re pumping in ANY capacity (and you should be so your babe will have milk when you’re on date night, etc.) a hands-free bra is a MUST.
– Dr. Brown’s Deluxe Bottle Sterilizer
– Bamboobies Washable Nursing Pads – I only used the night ones (I wore them night and day). These are amazing you guys. They’re so soft and work really well.
– Mother’s Milk Tea
This is a very basic summary of my must-have pumping recommendations. I’ll write a more detailed post on my full nursing experience soon. I exclusively breastfed Triton for two years (of course he had baby food too, but no milk or formula) and Sloane for one year with some formula substitution towards the end.
I’ll be the first to say that this is so hard. I work full time and pumped for both my kids. It’s a major commitment, but it’s so worth it. You have to decide and go forth fearlessly and most importantly COMMIT. It tough, but you get used to and it becomes a way of life. If you’re on the fence, having a hard time, or anything, message me! I’m more than happy to help you find creative ways to get through it!