Post # 1
I bought a strapless pumping bra to use at work. I pump 4 times a day at work, and I can’t lose all that time each day. I am pretty good at pumping one side at a time one handed, but that limits what I can do while I’m pumping.
The problem is that I can’t seem to use it without spilling milk everywhere. Milk leaks out the bottom of the flange while I’m pumping and then when I try to take it off, the milk around my breast leaks down too. I soaked the top of my tank today, which is thankfully hidden by my dress, but I smell like milk! ugh.
Any tips? I have a medela one.
Post # 3
1) I’m very envious of you being able to do other things while pumping. I get no milk if I let my mind wander and even when focused on pumping, I have to do massage/compressions during puming just to get a lot of the milk out.
2) I keep a burp cloth on my lap when pumping so any drips get captured before hitting my clothes.
3) I dislike the strapless medela pumping bra and instead use the halter style medela pumping bra for positioning purposes. When I am disconnecting the flange from the bottle the halter style keeps the shield on me and I think is easier to lift up from the bottom, pop the bottle back on the shield and then lean forward over the burp cloth so no drips get lost without battling the elastic at the bottom of the strapless bra.
In terms of leaking during pumping, I’m not sure what is going on there. Have you tried any other bras?
Post # 4
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I tuck a burp cloth or napkin into the bottom of my bra kind of like a bib whenever I pump or breastfeed. There’s always milk leaking out, either when she breaks the latch or I take the pump off. Yet it seems even then I somehow manage to always get covered in milk! Story of a mother’s life, huh?
Post # 5
I didn’t try any other bras because I got this one cheap and they are about $30 a piece. I have a hygeia pump, so the flange and shield are one piece. I leave everything assembled and pop it in the mini fridge in my office between pumping sessions. I just cant seem to get them off without milk dripping. I’ll try the burp cloth on my lap or tucked into my clothing and see if that helps. Since I only have one pumping bra, when it gets milk on it, I end up just pumping one side at a time anyway until it gets through the wash. I wish they had snaps, a zipper or elastic around the hole for the shield, so it was easier to get the shield out of the bra one at a time without leaking.
Post # 6
I have a different pump but I really like the hands-free attachment for mine. I have the PJ’s comfort Limerick pump, and they sell their hands-free attachment seperately. I don’t know if it would work with your flanges but it might because it’s very generic. Basically it is two clips that clip onto either side of your flanges, then those attach to the strap of your own standard nursing bra. I never have leaks or problems with it. You can google it to find their website – I just don’t want to google it at work right now lol 🙂