Going back to the office may be a possibility for you this year, and if you’re pumping breast milk for your baby, you may not be familiar with carrying all your equipment around town. Even if you're not going back to the office, you may be whizzing around town more, now that COVID restrictions have eased up (and now that you may have more events in your planner). Between the cords and the bottles and the breast pump itself, it can be a lot. We’ve rounded up some of the best bags and backpacks that will make your commute with your breast pump easy and chic.
What kind of breast pump bag do I need?
There are multiple types of breast pump bags, and many are interchangeable with diaper bags. Like purses, there are crossbody bags, tote bags, shoulder bags, and backpacks. Each has pros and cons. For instance, carrying a pump around can be heavy, so a backpack may be the best choice for a parent who already has an ache-y body from constantly picking up a child. On the other hand, totes, duffles, and shoulder bags can look more inconspicuous, in case you have to be somewhere and you don’t want to draw attention to the fact that you’re carrying a breast pump.
Whatever breast pump bag you choose, pay attention to things like insulated pockets for bottles of milk, wipeable surfaces in case of spills, and of course, the design, because chances are you’ll be carrying this bag with you everywhere you go. See our favorite breast milk bags below.
The best breast pump bags
This gorgeous vegan leather bag comes in five colorways, and looks super polished and sophisticated. It has small handles if you want to carry it on your arm, or straps if you prefer to wear it as a backpack. It also includes a reusable wet bag and a removable inner liner that is washable—two things that will ensure a mess-free commute of milk.
This gender-neutral weekender-style bag is roomy enough for your pump, plus all your work and/or other baby essentials. It’s made of cotton canvas, and accented with vegan leather and gold hardware. It has both top handles and a long shoulder strap, making it easy to carry, even when it’s full. There are five inside pockets as well as an outside zippered pocket to keep your things organized and in place. If it’s good enough for Jessica Alba, it’s good enough for us.
The brand name is a mouthful, but they make some of the best bags, especially for new moms. This bag is specifically designed for a breast pump, with a large, wide lower compartment. This can easily be used for gym shoes or other gear once you’re done pumping. A padded compartment in the back will protect and keep your laptop safe, and the bag itself is water-resistant and can be wiped clean.
If you’re all about “fashion meeting function,” check out this bag from Cybex. The high-end design features 3-D flowers, and comes in three colors–light pink, nude, and gray. There are matching designs available for your car seat, stroller, and bassinet, so you can be sophisticated and stylish with your newborn in tow.
If you’re a proud mama bear and want everyone to know it, your pump and supplies can easily fit into this roomy tote that says “Mommy Bag” in big, bold letters. It comes in a variety of colorways, and can seamlessly transition from work to a weekend away. It can be used as a hospital bag or beach bag, or even in a pregnancy announcement!
This highly-rated faux leather backpack is simple and chic, and has an extra large interior. There are both inside and outside pockets for bottles and breast pump accessories, and a two-way top zipper to get in and out fast. It comes in black and gray at Nordstrom, which also offers free shipping and returns.
This bag comes in a large variety of colors and patterns to suit every style. It has a lifetime warranty and is machine washable—a major plus when it comes to the inevitable spill(s). The outer fabric is also wipeable in case of any milk mishaps. The back panel and shoulder straps are both padded for comfort. It weighs just over two pounds, which is so important when you’re carrying around a heavy pump and accessories.
This bag basically splits in half, so organizing your pump away from your bottles or other must-haves is fast and easy. This lightweight bag has 16 compartments and pockets to keep you organized, and comes in seven colors. It’s a minimalist, sleek design that will fit in nicely with your work attire.
We love a bag that doesn’t scream “my breast pump is in here!” This stylish, sleek, understated bag is just that. Designed by soon-to-be mom of two and actress Shay Mitchell, it’s the perfect functional bag for the mom on-the-go. The breast pump compartment has a zipper that allows you to feed through tubes and/or your power cord. Made of nylon, it’s super lightweight and easy to clean.
This bag features a super large, open interior to fit even the bulkiest of pumps. There are also side pockets for bottles. It has stroller hooks, as well as a luggage sleeve, so this bag is perfect if you frequently travel for work, or are on-the-go with your baby.
Less like a diaper bag and more of an all-purpose tote, this bag is made from recycled cotton canvas. There are both inside and outside pockets to keep everything safe and secure. Super durable and sturdy, there are long handles as well as an adjustable shoulder strap. It comes in both taupe and black. It’s an easy neutral bag to carry every day.
If you don’t want to carry yet another bag, check out this lunchbox-type set. The four-piece kit contains everything you need to carry your pump, tubes, as well as bottles and an ice pack in an insulated cube. It all fits neatly into the carrying case, which has a top handle. You can also throw it all in the machine to wash, and tumble dry on a low heat setting.
This made-for-mom bag features roomy pockets inside the bag as well as an included diaper changing pad. Your pump will fit easily in this duffle, which you can hook onto your stoller, carry over your shoulder, or wear cross-body thanks to the long, padded strap. Available in multiple colors and patterns, this bag will easily tote your breast pump and transition to work or play when your pumping days are behind you.
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