Melissa Portunato MPH, IBCLC, RLC
Setting up a pumping station is an inexpensive and practical way to make breastfeeding easier for all moms! This simple DIY can save you time and allow you the mobility to move around the house to find a quiet place to help you relax while you pump.
How to do it
An art cart or portable plastic drawers will work well – must have wheels! Most portable carts and drawers come with three levels which is plenty of space to include all your must-haves. The more levels, the better; just make sure they have enough space in between for some of the larger items. You can use some of the movable space for other baby items, too, like diapers, wipes, and extra clothes!
Bonus Tip: Add bins to separate items and create an even more organized mobile pumping cart!
Time to load up your mobile station with all your pumping cart essentials!
Handy Checklist for the Perfect Pump Cart:
✔ Spectra baby USA pump
✔ Power cord
✔ Pump Accessories – duckbills, backflows, flanges, bottles, caps, and disks
✔ Wet bag for used pump parts
✔ Milk Storage Bags
✔ Cooler kit with an ice pack
✔ Paper Towels or Napkins for spills
✔ Hand Sanitizer
✔ Water bottle
✔ Cell phone and charger
✔ Yummy snacks – nuts, dried fruit, and crackers make great snacks!
Do I really need a pumping cart?
If you are mostly nursing at the breast, you can definitely do without; but if you are pumping multiple times a day or exclusively pumping – highly recommended. It especially comes in handy if you are working from home, others are working from home, or in virtual school, where space is sometimes limited, and working areas can change throughout the day. Creating a mobile pumping station can help you stay organized and make pumping less stressful to squeeze into your busy day!
Happy Pumping Team Spectra!