Whether you’re in a meeting room for an important presentation, at a friend’s dinner party, or even in a quiet corner at a café, the life of a pumping mom never truly pauses. Breastfeeding can be a joyful and bonding experience, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges. And pumping? You might argue it’s even more challenging. One of those challenges? Finding the perfect bag to hold that not-so-small, often noisy breast pump. You know, the one that provides the life-sustaining milk to your little one. It’s not our favorite piece of equipment, but there’s plenty of ways to make lugging it around just a little bit easier.
So, let’s dive deep into the world of breast pump bags: the accessory you probably never even thought about before. (Mom life is weird like that, isn’t it?)
Why is a good breast pump bag essential?
Like a good diaper bag, you want something that’s not only functional but also stylish. I mean, who wants a bag that makes you look like an EMT rushing in with a defibrillator? These days, there are tons of bags that are versatile, chic, and capable of fitting more than just the pump.
And, beyond the aesthetics, the right bag will help you stay organized, easily access your pumping parts, and perhaps even double as a work bag to keep your daily needs streamlined and easy to carry.
What should you consider when picking out a breast pump bag?
First and foremost, size and compartments matter. Depending on your breast pump model, you’ll need a bag with enough space not only for the pump itself but also for its accessories, cleaning wipes, and possibly even a cooler section for storing milk. (Of course you can always opt for a separate breastmilk cooler bag.) Be sure to measure your pump first to confirm compatibility, and consider if you need something for a traditional electric pump or a wearable breast pump.
Also, durability is key. You’ll be using this bag multiple times a day, especially if you’re a working mom. The bag needs to be sturdy enough to handle everyday wear and tear. Many of our favorites are designed to be used long after you’ve finished pumping which might make it easier to splurge on a pricier pick you really love.
Finally, style. Just because it’s functional doesn’t mean it has to be boring or industrial. Yes, there are breast pump bags (like the Sarah Wells pump bags) that look like everyday purses or totes. Some even double as laptop bags or chic backpacks for outings without the pump.
With all that in mind, we’ve curated a list of breast pump bags that check all the boxes: from minimalist to designer, backpack to tote, ensuring there’s something to suit every mom’s unique taste and lifestyle.