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Best Breast Pump Accessories for 2023

Breastfeeding is a natural and unique experience, but every woman is different. You may have a specific parenting style in mind or choose to feed your baby differently than your friends or family and that’s okay. Breastfeeding is a deeply personal experience and it’s important to remember that there’s no specific “right way” to do it. The breastfeeding journey can be tumultuous for some, especially if latching or milk supply takes time to establish, while others may find it effortless. Some babies may be eager and efficient when it comes to nursing, while others may need more time and patience.

Regardless of what your journey looks like, try to be patient and compassionate with yourself. Things do get easier and there are always lactation consultants available to help. Breast pumping can also help you progress through your journey, but again it may be easier for some. Luckily, there are several breast pump accessories that can help improve your experience. To set yourself up for success this year and in the future, consider some of the following best breast pump accessories for 2023 and beyond.


1. Breast Milk Storage Accessories

No list of breast pump accessories and supplies is complete without breast milk storage containers. These are products used to store and organize breast milk for later use. They can include items such as breast milk storage bags, bottles, or freezer trays. These accessories are designed to safely store breast milk for extended periods of time, either in the refrigerator or freezer.

Breast milk storage bags are typically made from a BPA-free plastic and are designed to be used with a pump to collect the milk. Many styles have a self-standing bottom, zip-top seal, and measurement marks on the side to monitor the amount of milk stored. Great options for these are Spectra® Simple Store Milk Bags Collection with Bottle Connector, Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags, and Haakaa Silicone Milk Storage Bags. Breast milk storage bottles are also widely available and used by new moms.

If you’re going to be pumping on the go, you’ll also need a breast milk cooler bag. This will keep your milk at safe temperatures until you can get home and transfer it either into the refrigerator or freezer. One option that new moms love this year is the PackIt Freezable Baby Bottle Cooler Bag. However, if you want to get the most out of your breast milk storage accessories, consider the Ceres Breastmilk Chiller. This is an all-in-one breast milk storage container and cooler to keep your expressed milk safe during transit.


2. Milk Collection Shells

Another key breast pump accessory is used for milk collection. Breast milk collection shells are devices worn inside a nursing bra. They collect any breast milk that leaks out while pumping. They can also be worn when you’re not pumping during the day or at night to collect milk that would otherwise be lost. Some women may even wear them to help soothe sore nipples. However, most new moms wear them strictly while pumping to help prevent waste. The collected milk can then be stored and used for later feedings. Collection shells are also known as milk savers, breast milk collectors, or breast milk shells. One great option that many new moms love are the Spectra® CaraCups Wearable Milk Collection Inserts. They work well with several different hands-free makes and models, such as Medela breast pumps, Elvie breast pumps, Spectra breast pumps, Willow breast pumps, and more.start your order

3. Hands-Free Breast Pumping Bras

If you’re going to get a hands-free breast pump, like some of the ones from the leading brands above, make sure that you have a pumping bra to accompany it. These bras hold the device in place, freeing up your hands and making it more comfortable to pump. They also give you the chance to multitask and get more out of your time. Some of the biggest benefits include an increased efficiency with your day and with your breast pumping sessions, improved comfort, better hygiene (since you don’t need to touch the pump as much), ultimate portability, and even a boost in confidence. Some of the leading brands to try in 2023 include Simple Wishes Adjustable Hands-Free Pumping Bra and The Sand Larken X.


4. Breast Care Necessities

Both pumping and nursing can be hard on your breasts, but there have been several innovative products introduced to help maximize your comfort. Some of these care items include nursing pads, nipple cream, lactation massagers, and even breast flanges.

Nursing pads are pads worn inside a bra to absorb any leaking breastmilk. They’re designed to be worn to prevent breastmilk from leaking through clothing and to provide a barrier between the breast and clothing, thus reducing irritation and avoiding staining. Two great options include Bamboobies Washable Nursing Pads and Medela Tender Care™ Hydrogel Nipple Pads.

Nipple cream can be used to soothe and moisturize dry, cracked, or sore nipples that can be caused by breastfeeding or pumping. It’s often recommended by lactation consultants and healthcare providers as a way to alleviate nursing related nipple discomfort. A great, natural option is Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter.

A lactation massager is a small handheld device that’s designed to help stimulate milk flow and relieve breast engorgement during breastfeeding. It typically has a small, cylindrical head that is used to gently massage the breast. The massager may have different settings for vibration and/or pressure to provide different levels of stimulation. Some lactation massagers may also have a built-in heating function to further aid in milk flow. One option that new moms are loving this year is the LaVie Lactation Massager.

Breast flanges are the part of a breast pump that fits over the nipple. They’re used to create suction and extract milk from the breast. Flanges come in different sizes, but many women aren’t using the right ones for optimal comfort. If your pump doesn’t have enough options, try ordering a few others from your carrier to improve the pumping experience. If you continue to experience discomfort, try out the Lansinoh TheraPearl® Gel Packs for 3-1 Breast Relief Therapy.


5. Convenient Cleaning Supplies

Finally, make sure that you have the supplies necessary to clean your pump regularly. This is important to ensure that your pump is safe and hygienic to use. Cleaning and sterilization will help prevent the growth of bacteria or other harmful microorganisms that could otherwise end up in your breast milk. Proper cleaning also helps to maintain the overall function and longevity of the breast pump. Some options for on the go cleaning supplies include the EvenFlo® Silicone Sanitizing Steam Bag, Medela Quick Clean™ Breast Pump & Accessory Wipes, and the UVC LED Sterilizing Mommy Bag P14 from 59S.

Overall, using the right accessories can help to make pumping more comfortable and efficient, which can make it easier for new moms. Try a few different accessories to find the best options for your needs, or ask your doctor for more recommendations.

Choosing the Right Breast Pump

Choosing the right breast pump can make a significant difference in your breastfeeding experience. To find one that’s right for you, spend some time researching different makes and models. Decide whether you’ll want a manual or electric pump, and consider some features that may be important to you. These could include things like portability, double pumping capability, and adjustable suction and speed settings. A good breast pump will help you maintain your milk supply and give you the ability to provide your baby with nutrients, even when you’re not physically there to nurse them.

Having the right breast pump can also help to make pumping more comfortable, which is important if you’re going to be pumping frequently. You may also want to look at how easy your breast pump is to clean, whether it has a warranty, and what’s included in the order. Ask your friends and family for recommendations to help get you started with the process.

How to Order Your Insurance-Covered Breast Pump

Byram Healthcare makes it easy for new and expecting mothers to order an insurance-covered breast pump. Byram partners with various insurance providers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, United Healthcare, Cigna, and more to help you find the perfect pump for your needs.

As a reputable medical supply company, Byram also provides educational materials, support, and supplies to help new mothers excel in their pregnancy and journey into parenthood. With a variety of breast pumps to choose from, you can feel confident in your breast pump order. If you have any questions or concerns about your insurance coverage, reach out to Byram Healthcare's team for assistance.