There's no use crying over spilled milk—unless it's breast milk. Every ounce of this "liquid gold" is precious, especially if your supply is on the lower side. Thankfully, the right products can help you gather, collect and store breast milk in a way that's efficient, secure and sanitary. And we have it all in one place.
Medela Pump In Style Advanced
Portable and efficient, this is the pump most moms swear by. Plug it in or let it run on batteries; either way, Medela’s signature two-phase expression technology will express more milk in less time. With included accessories like bottles, breast shields and an ice pack, this system offers more than most pumps. Available in three portable versions: the on-the-go tote, metro bag and backpack.
Buy it: $230, Target.com
Kiinde Twist Breast Milk Storage System
Transferring milk from pump bottles to freezer bags can get annoying (and you risk spilling!). With this set you completely skip that step, pumping directly into the leak-proof pouches from whichever pump you have. Label, organize, store and warm them all with the Twist system too.
Buy it: $100, Kiinde.com
Tommee Tippee Pump and Go Cool Bag
Pumping your milk into little freezer-friendly storage bags is all well and good. But the next challenge arises when you actually have to transport them somewhere. Designed to hold six pump and go pouches, this insulated bag (which comes with an ice pack) is perfect for moms who may have spent a business trip pumping.
Buy it: $19, Amazon.com
My Milkies Milk Trays
These aren't your average ice trays. Fill them with expressed breast milk, freeze, and then use as many 1-ounce sticks as you need to fill a bottle. Consider this an alternative to a milk storage bag.
Buy it: $20, MyMilkies.com
Nook Niche Nursing Pillow
This looks a little different from other nursing pillows—the unique square shape provides more surface area for your baby to get comfy. And that won't be hard to do; the kapok filling feels like memory foam.
Buy it: $80, NookSleep.com
Nanobébé helps mimic the feel of nursing with its dome-shaped, rounded design. It's actually concave on the inside, making it easy for baby to grasp and learn to self-feed. An adaptor allows you to pump right into the bottle from most breast pumps, better preserving your milk's nutriets in the process.
Buy it: $11, Nanobebe.com
Motherhood Maternity Nursing Bras
Whether you’re looking for a bra comfortable enough to sleep in, supportive enough to withstand pre- or post-partum workouts or high-quality enough to hold up to marathon feeding sessions, Motherhood Maternity has you covered with more than 65 styles to choose from.
Buy it: MotherhoodMaternity.com
Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Sanitizing Bags
The best way to get a thorough cleanse is to steam your pump accessories. These bags, which can be used up to 20 times, get the job done in three minutes.
Buy it: $5, Target.com
Medela Quick Clean Wipes
When all you need is a wipe-down on-the-go, you can go for these unscented, bleach- and alcohol-free wipes. Bonus: they can be used to clean lots of other gritty places like changing tables, high chairs and toys.
Buy it: $7 for 24 ct., Jet.com
Lansinoh HPA Lanolin
Prevent painful cracking by smoothing on a nipple moisturizer. We love this one because it’s made from refined lanolin, a fatty substance naturally found in sheep’s wool (no preservatives or additives), so you don’t have to wipe it off before a feeding.
Buy it: $17, Jet.com
LaVie Lactation Massager
Clogged milk ducts are definitely not fun, but they’re unfortunately not that uncommon among nursing moms. When things get backed up, head straight for the LaVie Lactation Massager, the first-ever milk expression aid. It uses gentle vibrations to loosen plugged ducts and get your milk flowing again.
Buy it: $40, Amazon.com