I worked a couple of jobs while I was still nursing and put together a little on-set pumping kit that I’d like to share with all the nursing mama-actors out there in hopes it helps you. Of course, there are many ways to collect breast milk and ultimately you just need to find a system that works for you, but here’s what worked wonders for me.
Basically, this kit is designed to save time and space because both commodities can be precious when working on set. (note: I don’t get anything from these links, they are just provided for your convenience. Find what works for you!)
1. Spectra Breast Pump - it’s small and portable (about the size of a clutch). We all know breast pumps can be expensive, so if you already have one (and hopefully you got it for free from your insurance company), just use that. But if you’re still looking into pumps, I recommend this one if you anticipate pumping on set (or on the go generally).
2. A hands-free pumping bra - if you’re pumping AT ALL (on set or off) you’re going to want one of these. I don’t know how I would have pumped without one. Seriously, I would have needed four arms!
3. Kiinde Pump Adaptors - these are a means to an end because instead of pumping into a bunch of bulky bottles they let you pump directly into…
4. Kiinde Breast Milk Storage Twist Pouches - these things are really the game changer of this kit. Instead of having to bring multiple bottles to set for multiple pumping sessions, you can just bring these flat, space-saving bags and pump directly into them and then seal them up and pop them into your cooler.
5. Breast Pump Wipes - these were great for quickly cleaning all my pump pieces in between pumping sessions.
6. A cooler - I used a 6-can cooler with an ice pack to keep my milk fresh. Sometimes you get a fridge in your trailer, but sometimes you don’t and I wanted a cooler for transporting my milk home anyway.
7. An ice pack - to keep the cooler, you know, cool.
8. A nursing cover - this is optional, but I found it helpful for maintaining some sense of privacy in case someone needed to talk to me while I pumped.
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