Best and Worst Breast Pump Bags and pumping accessories

When I went back to work after having my first baby pumping became a way of life. Every day I’d make my way into my pumping area and hope that I got enough for my little girl for the next day. I did this every day for over a year, in that time I found some of the best and worst breast pump bags, pumping parts, and more!

This post is all about what breast pumping bags and accessories really worked and didn’t work to give you an idea of what you need for your upcoming pumping journey.

We’re going to start with your pumping bag. This bag is the most important thing you’ll get besides your pump! It can either make your life way easier or make it a real pain.

Here are some of the best pumping bags on the market now, they’ve improved so much since I had my daughter!

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A few components you want in a good breast pump bag: 

  • Enough storage to be a work bag and a pump bag, no one wants to carry two bulky bags.
  • A section or enough room for an insulated insert.
  • Plus for a zippered bottom that makes your pump easy to get to.

Luxja Breast Pump Backpack 
The more I carry bags and my little ones at the same time the more I appreciate backpacks. This bag is probably my favorite of all the pump bags because it meets all the criteria I listed above and it is super cute for it’s price.

best breast pump bag backpack with pockets

Sarah Wells Abby Breast Pump Bag with Real Leather Straps
This bag is seriously beautiful and has all the great features. My only complaint is the price, it’s a little much for me. But if you are looking for a quality bag, this is it. If you want this look but cheaper check out this bag instead.

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Sarah Wells Lizzy Breast Pump Bag (Le Floral)
Who says you have to go neutral with your bag? This is one of the cutest patterned bags I found on my search for the best breast pumping bags around.

breast pump bag with storage

MotherlyLuv Breast Pump Tote Bag 
I love how much space this bag has, and that it has a removable insulated insert! Instead of a size zipper like most bags, this one has a flap that just flips down. Plus it is probably the best-priced bag on this list.

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Large Designer Breast Pump and Diaper Carryall Tote Bag 
Don’t underestimate when the name of this bag says large, it is seriously massive. This bag will fit literally anything you need along with your pump. This would be a great breast pumping bag for a mom who travels!

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Best Breast Pumping Accessories

These breast pumping accessories are the best things that I used on both of my breastfeeding journeys as a working mom and a NICU mom! There are certain products that are just better and SO much more needed than others.

The ultimate back to work pumping class

The Ultimate Pumping Class 

Now this one isn’t an accessory, but it is an awesome resource for any mother to be! Pumping is hard especially as a first-time mom.

Taking this class made me feel a lot more confident in my pumping prowess and helped me make sure I was pumping enough for my son! Check out the class here or click the image below!

best breast pumping accessory for new moms

Lanolin or Coconut Oil

Having one of these things on hand when you are first starting your pumping journey is crucial! You want to avoid sore and damaged nipples at all costs. I would usually put Lanolin on before and after to help (I also did the same when breastfeeding!)

breast pump car adaptor breast pumping accessory for working moms

Breast Pump Car Adaptor
Sometimes finding the time or a place to pump get’s a little difficult. Medela or Spectra car adaptors are super easy. While your employer is required to provide you with a place to pump in the U.S., sometimes it is hard to find a place to pump in everyday life. Having a car adaptor on hand for those crazy times is an absolute lifesaver. Don’t wait till you need it, be prepared!

manual hakaa breast pump awesome breast pumping accessory for moms

Hakaa

As a pumping mom saving every drop you can is imperative. The Hakaa makes it so easy! If you breastfeed your baby at home this is the best way to stash some extra milk in your freezer. You put the Hakaa on the opposite breast while feeding and you can catch any extra milk that leaks out. It also works as a manual pump.

best breast pumping accessory hands free pumping bra

Handsfree Pumping Bra 

Obviously, you don’t want to have to hold your pump to your breasts the whole time you pump and while you can try a DIY version of a pumping bra this is one of those things that you just need to buy. I never wore mine as an actual bra, just changed into it before I started pumping and out after I was finished.

great breast pumping accessory extra pumping parts

Extra Pumping Parts
Medela or Spectra both have extra pumping parts available and I would totally advise that you have at least two sets of parts before you start pumping full time just in case you need them. If possible leave an extra set at work or where you pump as a backup.

mush have sharpies,  best breast pumping accessory

Sharpies

When you are pumping you always want to write down the date and the ounces pumped on your storage bag. Sometimes a normal pen works fine on these but it is SO much easier to use a fine tip sharpie and it doesn’t wipe off after the fact.

Best breast pumping accessory, medela breast milk storage bags

Medela Breastmilk Storage Bags

I’ve tried many many different kinds of bags. The best ones I’ve used so far is the Medela Breastmilk Storage Bags. They don’t leak after freezing and make it easy to pour in milk after pumping.

awesome breast pumping accessory, the kiinde breast pumping gift set

Kiinde Breast Milk Storage Twist Gift Set

If you are looking for the easiest possible breast pumping system look no further than the Kiinde set. I am going to be really honest, I am way too cheap to buy this, but after going through pumping I can tell you this makes this SO much easier. If time is an issue for you this set could be your best friend.

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Worst breast pumping accessories

So these breast pumping accessories are ones that you really don’t need or are just straight up the worst things you could buy for your pumping journey.

Pumping is hard enough without adding the additional stress of crappy breast pumping accessories to it!

worst breast pumping accessory, lasinoh storage bags

Lasinoh bags
You absolutely do need breastmilk bags but do not get these! Lasinoh bags are notorious for leaking when you thaw out your frozen milk. I’ve used Medela breastmilk storage bags with a ton of success!

You don't really need breast pump wipes

Breast pump wipes

While Breast pump wipes may come in handy if you have no access to a sink whatsoever, the best thing to do when trying to clean your pumping parts is to use water since there are so many nooks and crannies in pumping parts that you just can’t get to with a wipe.

Make sure you are up to date on the CDC’s newest recommendations for often to clean your pumping parts! 

Breast milk accessory that you don't really need, breast milk storage system

Breast milk bag storage containers

While these fancy pieces of plastic look handy it is SO easy to make your own breastmilk storage out of gift bags or soda can boxes. If you do a quick search on Pinterest there are some really simple tutorials that make this a breeze.

breast pumping accessories that you don't really need, a wet to dry bag

Sarah Wells Pumparoo Wet/Dry Bag

This bag may have been a good idea originally, but as a mom who pumped at work for over a year, I can confidently say its just one of those things you don’t need. It looks too small as well to act as an actual bag for all the pumping parts you will have.

Alternatively, I would always dry off my pump parts after giving them a rinse and then put them in the lunch bag that I kept them in inside of the fridge at my work.

breast pumping accessory you dont really need, sanitizing bags

Sanitizing Bags 

While sanitizing bags look like a really easy way to clean your pump parts I personally have not had a ton of success with them. They should last for 20 uses but I’ve had multiple bags break after a couple uses, so I just gave up on them.

If these did work as advertised, they would be lifesavers! But the cost outweighed the convenience for me.

Have any thoughts on this list or favorite accessories that I missed? Let me know in the comments below!

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