Q&A: How Can I Fit Pumping Into My Schedule?

How do I find the time to pump exclusively?
profile picture of Erin van Vuuren
ByErin van Vuuren
Mar 2017
Hero Image

For exclusive pumpers, organization is key. Here are a few tips:

•Buy extra collection kits (the flanges, valves, etc., that attach to your pump), and wash them all at once (instead of washing them multiple times a day).

•Invest in a hands-free pumping bra or top. This way, you can use your hands to do other things (like baby wrangle) while you pump.

•Pump just after baby takes a bottle, while he’s content to hang out in a swing or bouncy seat.

•When dad is around, pump while he feeds baby a bottle.

•Set a schedule. Once pumping is routine, it probably won’t seem like such a big deal.

•Always double pump. You’ll get more milk in less time when you’re taking advantage of both breasts.

•Remember what a rockstar you are. Breast milk provides baby with tons of health benefits that formula simply can’t offer.

Related Video

The Mission Behind the ‘if Men Breastfed’ Video Is No Laughing Matter

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor

I’m Pumping. How Do I Get Baby to Breastfeed?

Gina Ciagne, certified lactation counselor and senior director of professional relations for Lansinoh
Lactation Specialist

Why This Mom Started Pumping in the Lobby of a Major Hotel

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor

Breastfeeding Mom Puts Delta on Blast for Preventing Her From Pumping in Privacy

Stephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor

Q&A: Checking Milk Supply?

Jeanne Cygnus, IBCLC, RLC
Lactation Specialist