I know what you’re thinking after reading that title.
“What? How in the world do you pump while you drive?”
I get that reaction a lot, actually. It’s really not as hard or dangerous as one might think as long as you’re prepared and have the right tools to do so completely hands-free. I should also preface this by saying that if you’re not able to hook up the pump and completely forget about it, then pumping while driving may not be the best option for you. Really, if there’s any threat to your safety or you’re concerned, I wouldn’t recommend trying it.
If you’re thinking you need an easy way to get an extra pumping session in while you’re out running errands or during your work commute, then let me share how I do this successfully every single day on my way to work.
What You Need:
1. NUK Freemie Collection Cups: If you haven’t heard of these life-changing pumping tools, you’re missing out and I’m SO happy I can introduce you to them. They’re simply collection cups and breast pump flanges all in one. You slip them into your bra, makes sure your anatomy is lined up correctly, and you’re good to go. These work with many different breast pumps and work great with my Medela pump! And the best part? I don’t have to worry about being exposed while I’m pumping. That’s one of the most uncomfortable parts that’s always bothered me about pumping!
2. Nursing Cover: Sometimes my shirt is a little too tight or doesn’t have enough stretch to pull down over the Freemie cups. This is typically only when I’m wearing a scrub top. If this is the case, I have a scarf-style nursing cover on hand in my center counsel so I can throw that on if need be.
3. Burp Rag: Always keep a burp rag handy. When I reach my destination and am transferring the breastmilk from the Freemie cups into bottles to store, I lay a burp cloth down to catch any drops that may escape. I haven’t spilled yet *knock on wood* but it’s important to have a burp cloth on hand for that as well, because accidents can happen.
4. Car Adapter: If you’re going to pump in the car and your pump isn’t battery operated, you absolutely need a car adapter for your pump.
Tips to Pumping While Driving:
1. Get Everything Ready: Before you even get your seat belt on and start your car, make sure that you’re completely ready to pump hands-free and drive safely. Before even leaving the house I put the NUK Freemie Collection Cups in my bra. Then, when I get in my car, I hook up the tubing to the cups and the tubing to my pump. Next, I plug the adapter into my car (I’m paranoid my car battery is going to die, so I always unplug when not in use) and then into my pump. I throw my nursing cover on if needed and then I put on my seatbelt. I turn on my pump after turning on my car to make sure that everything’s working properly and aligned correctly. THEN as long as everything is good to go, I pull out of my garage and head to work.
This is all super important to make sure you’re not distracted and trying to fix things while you’re driving. I don’t even want to worry about having to turn my pump on while I’m driving!
2. Keep Everything Within Reach: Just in case you do need to make any quick adjustments or push the “let down” button on your pump, make sure you can easily reach it without taking your eyes off the road.
The Freemie Collection Cups are also perfect for those mamas who like to multi-task while they pump. These are perfect for that. I can work and pump and if I’m able to keep my pump close enough, I can even cook and pump! True story. These things are the best!
The NUK Freemie Collection Cups also pair nicely with NUK’s Simply Natural bottles. I’m sure you remember me discussing them in this post! They’re amazing. You can get them at Walmart and Target as well.
What pumping tips do you have for pumping mamas?