Post # 1
Curious for those who have pumped before, just looking for suggestions.
Has anyone used hands free pumping bras? If so, any recommendations?
Also, anyone try pumping while in a car? Is it awkward? How long does it take/how long does your commute need to be?
Thanks for any advice!
Post # 2
- Wedding: May 2014 - Muhlhauser Barn
I exclusively pumped for 9 months. Loved the dairy fairy bras -they were supportive enough that I wore them 24/7 for most of those 9 months. I used my Medela PISA in the car occasionally, usually when my husband was driving (we work together, so he’s usually driving)… it was a pain in the ass getting things set up, but it can be done. Set up prior to driving and I wouldn’t do your first pump of the day in the car for fear of overflowing bottles…probably want at least 20 minutes of actual pump time. I primarily used the kiinde system, which I loved. I froze a ton of milk (still have another months supply I stopped at 9 months, my daughter will be 1 in one week) and the bags never leak like others do (although the also don’t freeze flat which I know is an issue for some).
Post # 3
I use a pumping bra sometimes – all of yesterday, in fact. I’m not really a fan of the one I have. It works just fine, but it’s super clunky and doesn’t really hold me in at the bottom, so it’s not something I’m going to be wearing to work under my clothes for convenience. In the end, I’m still wearing regular nursing bras at work and doing one at a time. I thought about trying another brand but don’t want to waste my money.
As for pumping in the car, I’m going to be giving that a whirl in November, probably. I think that will go okay – forced sitting upright can’t do anything but improve it! Don’t do it if you’re driving though – is that what you mean when you ask about the commute? One accident and you’ll be full of smashed plastic.
Incidentally I’m jealous of the above — fear of overfilling bottles? hahahahahahahaha! sigh
Post # 4
Thanks for the response. I will look into those bras. I think my commute might be just a little too short for it to work. Also, my concern is how awkward it is to connect or disconnect in the work parking lot. A lot of people arrive around the same time…and I often end up waving or making eye contact with co-workers…might be a bit more awkward if I have to sit there longer to remove my pumping gear.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2014 - Muhlhauser Barn
That was a big fear of mine too! I’d drape a blanket across my chest and try to be as discreet as possible, but it’s tough! And @skunktastic, don’t be too jealous, that did not come easily lol I was obsessive about my supply and did just about everything to get it up… looking back I wished I had put more of that energy towards cuddling my daughter because the first six months are such a blur. If we have a second I’ll probably supple ment with formula just to get some time back if I have to exclusively pump again!
Post # 6
I EPed for about 5 weeks before going back to breast. I have the simple wishes hands free bra from Amazon. I probably wouldn’t wear it all day as a replacement for my regular bra, but I would just pull down the panels of my regular nursing bra and put the hands-free over it. I pumped in the car (either parked or as a passenger) a few times and it isn’t that awkward with a poncho style nursing cover. Like PP I have never risked over flowing the bottles lol. I rarely pump more than 15 minutes – my milk is done flowing by then.
Post # 7
I exclusive pumped since my baby was born, and am just stopping now that she is 13 months. I use Simple Wishes pumping bra. I love it, but have nothing to compare to since I have only used this one. I have pumped in a car many many times, but only as a passenger. I have never tried it as a driver. My guess is that it could be done, but would be awkward with the steering wheel in front of you. I often used a nursing poncho to pump in public places or the front passenger seat of a car. I wouldn’t worry about people seeing you. As far as distance goes, it depends. My pumps got longer as I dropped the number of pumps in a day. You will need at least 15 minutes to start with, in my experience.
Post # 8
I tried to use the hands free pumping bras – but I didn’t respond well to my electric pump and learned I had to do hand compressions during pumping. Therefore, I use a manual pump 30 mins 2x a day while at work. Been doing this for 10 months – hoping to make it a year.
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Post # 9
I didn’t like the hands free pumping bras. I’m a teacher and that was too much “exposure” for me. So I used the Freemie cups. They were a life saver.
I pumped in my car. My commute was 35 minutes to work and about 45 minutes home. With the Freemie cups, I could detach and get sorted without flashing everyone