13 pumping hacks that will save new moms time and energy

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For moms planning to pump, a hands-free pumping bra is a must.

For breastfeeding moms, pumping milk can suck in more ways than one. In addition to all the time spent strapped to a machine, there’s the endless cleaning, measuring bags of milk, and — for those pumping in the workplace — carrying heavy equipment on the commute.

I’ve spent the past four months using the Spectra S1, a battery-operated pump that’s considered by many moms to be the best available option. The rechargeable battery gives you a bit of freedom to move around (if you don’t mind carrying a 3-pound kettlebell everywhere you go) and the hospital-grade suction is relatively efficient.

Even so, the pump is still pretty unwieldy and not exactly intuitive. Keep reading for some tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way to make the pumping process a little easier, whether you use the Spectra S1 or not.

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