This Breast Pumping Hack Could Save New Moms Tons of Time
Hey new moms, this one is for you. If you’ve just given birth and have chosen to breastfeed, first of all, congrats to you. This is by no means an easy task, but you’re selflessly provided your baby the best nutrients they can get.
However, while some new moms have no problem breastfeeding, many learn quickly how tough it can be. Getting them to latch, making sure your supply isn’t low, and above all, the time. Oh my gosh, it takes so much time to breastfeed, you’ll wonder if you’re just going to live the rest of your life with a human attached to your nipple.
The biggest time suck (ha, no pun intended) of all is washing all the things that go along with breastfeeding—the pump, shields, valves, membranes, etc. And then by the time you’re done washing those out, it’s time to pump again! Of course, you want to keep everything clean so that your baby can be the healthiest they can be, but if you’re constantly washing and feeding, you’ll for sure get burnt out easily.
If this sounds like you, don’t fret. We’ve got a breast pumping hack for you that’ll save you loads of time because it eliminates the time you spend washing everything in between each pump. You’ll save so much time, you might not even know what to do with it.
This trick is so simple you’ll wonder why you haven’t thought of it yourself. All you need for this trick is one large size re-sealable plastic bag, which you can find at most any grocery stores. It just needs to be large enough to hold all your pumping products (and you’ll see why in a minute).
The best time-saving breast pumping hack
So you’re going to start out pumping just as you normally would, but instead of taking time to clean all the parts, as usual, you’re going to put them into the bag. Then, put the bag in the fridge until it’s time to pump again. And when you have to do that, just take the parts out, attach them to the bottles, and pop them back into the fridge.
Here’s why it’s not gross to do this: breast milk won’t spoil if it’s refrigerated, so as long as you keep them in the fridge between uses, the remnants on the equipment won’t do any harm to your baby.
A few caveats here: You definitely want to take caution, especially if we’re talking about newborn or premature babies. You still want to ensure that your hands, fridge, and everything else that comes into contact with the pump parts are clean.
Also, you’re still going to want to wash the pumps at the end of the day. If you’re able, you can just pop the parts into the dishwasher (so long as they’re dishwasher safe) and they’ll be as good as new in the morning—and you didn’t spend a single second washing anything. And don’t forget to replace the bag every day.
If you have any concerns, be sure to read over the CDC guidelines for safe pumping hygiene.
Do you struggle with the time it takes to wash and clean all your pump parts? Do you think you’ll give this breast pumping hack a shot?