For the last nine months I have been using and loving my Pumpie dishwasher bags and wet bags. I came up with the idea for Pumpie nearly a year after having my first child. I was a working, pumping, breastfeeding mom and there was never enough time. Also, I really, really, really disliked washing pump parts.
Last summer I had my second child. Life became even more crazy. I returned to work and I have been using the Pumpies ever since. They are amazing and make life easier. Here’s how:
Dishwasher Bags and Hang to Dry
· I have two sets of parts and two Pumpie 1n1s. Each set of parts has its own 1n1. This is key because I always have a complete set of parts, all packaged together, clean and ready to go.
· I have two sets of Cubes and several bottles. I use the Cubes to wash and dry the bottle parts and then I store the parts in a clear Tupperware container. We are constantly using the Cubes with other kid stuff like pacifiers, teethers, and toddler sippy cup parts.
· I created a “hang to dry” area right next to our sink and above our dishwasher. This keeps the counters drying rack free. It also makes it really easy to grab pump parts as I’m running out the door to work.
· I have one wet bag that I use to carry my pump parts. This replaces the single use plastic bag. Best of all, our wet bag lays flat when opened so that you have a clean place to set up and take down pump parts. No more rolls of paper towels spread all over the pumping room.
I learned one tip between children that has made pumping life even easier – keep breast pump parts chilled between uses so you don’t have to clean them during the day. So instead of washing pump parts between pumping sessions at work I just keep them in the wet bag during the day and store them in my cooler with the breast milk. They stay chilled throughout the day and then I only have to wash them once at night in the Pumpie 1n1 dishwasher bag. So easy!!!
I often have an internal debate as to which I like more – the dishwasher bags or the wet bags. They might just be like peanut butter and jelly – great individually but together – fantastic! We hope you’ll give them a try.