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2) Hands Free Bra: This will become your best friend! You can eat while pumping, write lessons plans, make phone calls…anything! I even used this to pump while doing my hair and make-up in the mornings! I tried a bunch of them but I LOVE this one the best because it adjusts to your ever changing body. As you start to lose the baby weight you can adjust the bra accordingly. It also kept the bottles upright and the openings didn’t sag as the bottles filled with milk.
3) Nursing Cover: So being a teacher we often don’t have a space to pump other than our classrooms. And with that comes the risk of a students walking in, the janitor, another teacher friend, etc. As teachers, we’re so used to the open door policy it can be hard to find a private moment. Trust me I know….not only am I a teacher, but as a special education teacher I share my space with 3 other teachers, who don’t share the sa/;p/;p/me prep as me. That means, when it’s my time to pump, they have students with them. My nursing cover made this a possibility and allowed me to feel comfortable. People would actually come to talk to me while I was pumping and they had no idea what I was doing, one said it just looked like I was about to do an art project! Slap a sign on your door that says you’re busy, position an easel or some bins in front of you, put that cover on and you are good to go!
4) Breast Milk Bags: You can pump directly into storage bags and then bring those bags to the babysitter or daycare. The Medela bags are great because they come with an adapter and slits within the bag to “hook” onto the adapter. However, they did leak on me a few times so I ended up using the Target bags and cutting my own “slits” into them to hook onto the Medela adapter.
5) Insulated Bottle Bag: You’re going to need a place to put that liquid gold during the day and on your way home. Insulated bottle bags are a great way to keep your breast milk cold. It also makes keeping your breastmilk in a shared refrigerator a little more private.
6) Bamboobies Nursing Pads: Avoid embarrasing leaks or even the anxiety of worrying that you are leaking, by wearing nursing pads. The disposable pads can be bunchy, noticeable and just down right uncomfortable. Bamboobies washable pads were just heavenly (for real, they are so soft and feel so good). They were super soft and they didn’t leave any outline so no one could tell I was wearing them. HIGHLY recommend!
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