Going back to work and knowing I would be pumping multiple times a day, I knew I would need a hands free pumping bra. The idea of pumping one side at a time so that I could have use of one hand or holding both flanges to my body just sounded like a miserable nightmare. A hands free pumping bra is one of the items we didn’t get from our registry and once Madeline got here, was something I kept forgetting to purchase, it was just so far from my mind. That is, until the week before I was supposed to go back to the office! Suddenly, I realized, even with Amazon Prime, the magical bra wouldn’t make it before my first day – and that just wasn’t going to work. Making the trip to a maternity store or Buy Buy Baby also just seemed to be too daunting of a task when I just wanted to spend my last few days at home snuggled up with my baby.
On Pinterest there are tons of tutorials on how to make your own hands free bra, most of them include hair ties and making loops for your nursing bras. None of them, to be honest, really seemed like they would work. They also were not easy to figure out. Then, I came across what is probably the easiest, best and most convenient idea ever! Are you ready for how easy this is? You’ll probably do what I did when you’re done, laugh that you didn’t think of this sooner!
Here’s what you need:
Old Sports Bra
Breast Pump Flanges
Put the sports bra on. Once it’s on comfortably, figure out where your nipples are in relation to the bra. Pull the fabric away from your body (this is important, you don’t want to cut yourself!) and make a cut where your nipples are. Keep in mind you just want to snip this, don’t cut a big hole yet. Take the bra off and get dressed again.
Now that you have the bra in front of you, push your breast pump flange through the hole you made as though you were wearing it -shield side in. This will help you know how big to make the hole you already cut. Use your scissors to make the hole wider, but not too wide, you want to ensure the flanges are held snugly to your body. Once you’re satisfied with the size of the holes and how the flanges fit – you’re done! Seriously, it’s that easy. Throw it on and get pumping!
While they are many things contributing to my success of pumping at work, my Sarah Wells Bag, my Kiinde System and Cooler Bag – this bra is by far the most important piece of it all (next to the pump!). It’s really great to have my hands free. It takes me about 7-10 minutes to pump each session, so to be able to multitask by checking emails, getting the bags ready for the milk I’m pumping, or just rearranging everything in my bag, I really can save a lot of time. Time saving is key here, because even though I need to stop working to pump, I still need to get out of work at the same time to pick up Madeline. I love this DIY hands free pumping bra and the best part is – it was free to make! I will be making more than one to eliminate having to wash this one every other day. Plus it was a huge money saver over the ones that you can purchase for $50! I can’t stress enough how important it is to have one of these for your pumping bag!