One of the items that I am glad I registered for was my Sarah Wells breast pump bag! It seemed extravagant to me to spend over $100 on yet another bag, I already had two designer diaper bags on my registry, but this one had a completely different purpose. Let me tell you, this is one of the best investments you can make if you’re a working mom who will be breastfeeding/pumping.
I’m blessed to work for a company that is very mommy friendly. Each of the buildings in our office complex have a nursing room that has soft lights and locks for a dedicated space for mom’s to pump and/or nurse if their child is with them. In addition, they also offer a nursing mother’s support group. Even though we have dedicated rooms for nursing moms, we don’t have a dedicated refrigerator. I knew that going back to work I would be putting my milk and pump parts in a shared fridge with multiple departments in our break room in between pumping sessions. That thought made me a little more than uncomfortable – then I found this great bag!
The one thing that I love most about this bag is how beautiful it is!
Despite the fact that it holds a breast pump, flanges, membranes, milk bags, bottles, cleaning wipes, and sanitizing bags, you would never know that by looking at the outside. This is a bag that I would normally use as a work bag or even a big purse! But it’s better – it has zippered compartments on the bottom that hold my pump, plug and battery backup. The other side is insulated and holds an ice pack and the bags of milk after each pumping session. This way, even if someone were to open the top of the bag, or if I carry my wallet and other important items, I don’t have to be worried about anyone seeing my pump or pump parts.
This little bag, however, is the lifesaver of the whole set.
Did you know that if you put pump parts, such as flanges, membranes, etc. in the fridge between sessions, you won’t have to wash them each and every time? As someone who will have to pump three to four times a day at work, this is a life saver. Not to mention, I’d have to wash the parts in the same communal break room – awkward! Instead, I put all of the parts in this bag, and then this bag goes into the refrigerator. It’s pretty and looks just like a lunch box. No one will know that it belongs to my breast pump! At the end of the day it just comes home with me, where I wash everything and sterilize the parts for the next day!
This bag will help me to pump when I’m back at work – and feeling good about pumping at work or on the go I think is half the battle. I was at a wedding recently and took the bag out for its first trial run- it was perfect! I was comfortable knowing no one knew what it was and I didn’t have to worry. Stress has an effect on milk supply and this bag will help us get to our goal of one year of breastfeeding – so worth the money! If you’d like to purchase this bag or one similar check them out on Amazon!