Good lanolin is a MUST. It prevents chaffing and helps to heal painful, cracked nips. It’s great even if you aren’t pumping, and safe for baby. Rub it on the pump parts and on your nips every time before you pump. Trust me, you will thank me for this later. I prefer the Medela lanolin, I found that the others were too sticky.
Per my last post about breastfeeding, INVEST IN A GOOD PUMP. Renting my Medela Symphony was THE BEST thing that I HAVE EVER DONE. EVER.
Make sure that your flanges are the right size for your body. If you are not sure, consult with a specialist. This can be the difference between successful pumping and painful misery.
HANDS-FREE PUMPING BRA
Pumping for 30 minutes at a time, you are going to want to have a good hands-free pumping bra so that you can continue to focus on work instead of holding up the bottles. Look out for a post on how to make your own!