Including pumping in your breastfeeding journey is a LOT easier with the right set-up. Our checklists will give you an idea of what you need on hand – and what's just plain nice to have – in various situations you might find yourself pumping.

Pumping at home

It takes a village, so take the opportunity to get loved ones who are keen to help with feeds, involved in cleaning your pump parts too!

Need to have:

Nice to have:

Pumping on the go

Gorgeous weather for a walk? Need to do a grocery run? What are you waiting for? Grab your wearable pump and go for it!

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Nice to have:

Pumping at work

Bridging breastfeeding through your workday or shift needn't be daunting. Stay organised and consider a spare kit to ease the workload.

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and, if you're needing to pump multiple times during your working day:

  • Charging cables for your pump motor (just in case)
  • A spare set of pump parts and cups, bottles or bags to use with your pump motor/s so there's no need to clean between each session, or
  • Dedicated washtub, brushes, and drying rack for cleaning

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*The Australian Breastfeeding Association has great resources for working pumpers and employers alike. You'll need adequate breaks for pumping, access to hand-washing facilities and a clean and private space where you can pump or set up your wearable pump, a refrigerator to store your expressed milk and safe storage for your pump. Don't worry if the above protected measures are not already in place, your workplace will have time to set these up during your maternity leave if you start the conversation early.

Pumping overnight

Pumping can be a necessary part of indulging in a night away – with or without – your little one. Be prepared and keep your stash safe, while away and in transit.

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Hospital Bag Prep

Prepping for birth? Be sure to include a pair of breast shield convertors in your size, they'll be an excellent insurance policy should you end up needing to pump with the hospital's pump.

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You've probably been assured that the maternity ward at your hospital will have breast pumps you can borrow or hire if you happen to need them. This is indeed an incredible support to be able to rely on, however, it's important to realise that the hospital is unlikely to have everyone's sizing accounted for within their range of standard flanges sizes.

For this reason, our in-house lactation expert, IBCLC Kate, encourages everyone preparing for birth to measure themselves for a set of breast shield convertors and take them along in their hospital bag. In case the need to pump arises, this little device will help protect your nipples from discomfort and damage, as well as ensure that you are stimulating as much milk production as possible, as quickly as possible.

If you do have your own pump, sterilise it and bring it along. There can be long waits for the hospital pumps, and they may not always be available when you need one, so having access to your own pump in hospital can be a relief!

Nice to have:

  • The details of your preferred pump (in case you do end up needing your own, you'll be confident in your choice and able to delegate its purchase to a loved one)
  • Breast milk collection shells or reusable/disposable breast pads (for in between feeds/pumps)
  • Your favourite nipple balm or Silverettes
  • An app (My YOUHA) or notepad to record how much you’ve pumped
  • Affirmation cards
For more help getting your pumping set up sorted, check out the Your Youha section!

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