This article was updated for accuracy and relevance on December 24th, 2021.
Moms seem to do it all. From globetrotting to breastfeeding, life can get pretty hectic when you have a new baby and a packed calendar.
When you first start breastfeeding in the privacy of your home, it might not be too complicated. However, this simplicity often disappears once you start pumping. Between the pads and the tubing, plus more bottles that need to be cleaned than you thought possible—breast pumping can be a pretty intricate part of motherhood.
Not to mention pumping in public, while completely normal, is a new hurdle to cross (although a breast pump bag can make your life a whole lot easier.)
With a busy schedule and places to be, new moms may feel overwhelmed by this feeding strategy. Don’t worry, this is completely natural. That’s why we put together these four tips, so you can become an expert at breast pumping on the go!
#1 How Do You Pump Breast Milk On the Go?
The first of these breastfeeding tips for new moms will cover the basics—how do you pump breast milk when you’re out and about? The best way to facilitate your mobile pumping is by investing in some handy portable pump accessories, such as:
This list isn’t exhaustive. There are tons of helpful tools that breastfeeding moms can utilize. If you’re looking to step up your pumping game, don’t be afraid to browse for new accessories. Plus, who really needs an excuse to do some online shopping?
The Bottom Line: Pumping on the go isn’t always easy. Having the right tools can make a dramatic difference and offer you peace of mind.
#2 Is it Illegal to Pump in Public?
Breastfeeding and pumping are subject to a ton of needless taboo. Something so natural has no place in lawmaking—yet many rules and restrictions still stand in the way of normalizing nursing. Breast pumping mothers want to do what’s best for their child, without receiving a scolding in public (we know, talk about ridiculous).
To that end, here’s what you need to know about pumping laws:
The Bottom Line: Breastfeeding in public is legal—though there are some questions surrounding a public pumping session. If you’re feeling uncomfortable, many public places offer lactation rooms where new mothers can pump safely.
#3 Can I Take My Breast Pump On a Plane?
If there’s anyone that gets a little break from the strict TSA guidelines—it’s moms.
New moms have a lot on their plate, and even more in their diaper bag. Make sure you are on top of how to organize a diaper bag. Fortunately, there’s flexibility with packing when you and your little one are on the go. The following items can be carried onto your flight without causing any security issues (because who has time for a pat down when you’re carrying a baby):
- Breast pumps
- More than 3.4 ounces of breastmilk in a milk bag
- Larger quantities of milk (that won’t fit in a quart sized milk bag)
- A baby bottle cooler for milk storage
The best tips when it comes to flying with breast pumping gear is to let the TSA agents know beforehand. This will allow for a speedier process and less holdup of the line. Bottles can either be removed from your bag and screened separately, or the entire cooler bag can be sent through the x-ray machine.
In some cases, security agents may request your permission to open the bottles and inspect their contents. In such a situation, you do have the option to forgo this step and opt for an alternative screening process (though this will be more thorough and take longer). It’s also perfectly legal to travel with larger amounts of breast milk, even if your child is not with you.
A breast pump—and all its accessories—are considered medical devices and will always be allowed on a plane. During your flight, you’ll be allowed to grab the pump from your carry on and get to work!
Because—let’s be honest—breast milk doesn’t wait for the seatbelt sign to turn off.
#4 How Do I Pack My Pump Bag?
With the O.K. to fly and a booked ticket, only one question remains: What do you carry in your breast pump bag?
Packing as a new mom can be tough. Whether you’re flying across the country, or simply driving to the store—the gear you need to bring can feel like you’re preparing to climb Mount Everest.
The best way to break down this intimidating task? Take it one step at a time.
New moms will need to leave a little extra time when packing. As much as we love our babies, you have to accept that they come with a lot of baggage—literally. Those little cheeks make it all worth it.
The Bottom Line: Choose the best breast pump for you and get started by packing the basics as well as a few extras to make mobile pumping more comfortable. Our BÉIS moms recommend these three pumps:
- Elvie Pump
- Medela Pump
- Willow Pump
Make Portable Pumping Stylish with BÉIS
Traveling doesn’t have to be impossible, even when you’re on a strict pumping schedule. And when you pack with BÉIS, it doesn’t have to be void of style either thanks to these breast pumping tips and tricks.
Our signature pump bag is the perfect combination of style and utility whether you have an electric or manual breast pump. With pockets for your personal items, breast pump parts, pumping accessories, a laptop sleeve for working moms, and even water-resistant lining—this sleek breast pump tote bag has everything you need.
Make life as a pumping mom and a working mom a whole lot easier with the BÉIS Pumping Bag! Now log off girl, you’ve got a flight to catch.
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TSA. Traveling With Children. https://www.tsa.gov/travel/special-procedures/traveling-children
Exclusive Pumping. Flying With a Breast Pump and Pumping on a Plane. https://exclusivepumping.com/flying-as-an-exclusive-pumper-how-to-pump-on-a-plane-with-your-baby/
- NCSL. Breastfeeding State Laws. https://www.ncsl.org/research/health/breastfeeding-state-laws.aspx