Hands-free pumping gives a mother more freedom while allowing working mothers a way to pump whenever they need to, even while sitting at their desks at work or pumping in the car on the way to work.
You can make your own pumping bras, or spend some extra money and buy a hands-free bra. It’s up to you.
1. Make your own Pumping Bra by Cutting Holes
A sports bra usually works best for this. Put a mark on the spot where
your nipple is, then cut a vertical hole on that spot. The hole should
be just big enough to squeeze the breast pump horn through.
Afterward, you can sow around the edges of the hole, just to ensure that it
doesn’t tear further than you want it to. And there you have made your
own hands-free pumping bra.
2. Make your own Hands-free Pumping System “Bra for Pumping."
(Taken with permission from Kellymom.com)
Begin with two elastic ponytail holder bands. (Rubber bands may be
substituted, but are not quite as sturdy and may break with repeated
use.) The ponytail holders are inexpensive and can be purchased at most
Loop the two elastic bands together to form a "figure-eight."
Pull the knot tight.
Meet "Mimi," my model for this demonstration. If Mimi looks a little
sad, it's because she's made of brown paper packaging tape. She's my
home-made dressmakers' dummy, formerly used for fitting clothing when
I'm sewing. She's a few years old and a little out of shape after a few
years of sitting down in my basement. She needs a good bra fitter, but
she'll have to do. :-) Please ignore the markings, they indicate
landmarks for sewing purposes.
Prepare bottle. Then loop one end of the figure-eight band around the funnel.
Hook the other end of the figure of eight over the clasp on the nursing bra.
Position the pump funnel over the breast. The bra can be adjusted up around
the funnel to help support it, and the mother's shirt can be positioned
around the top of the funnel, which will also help support the funnel
and bottle in place. As the bottle fills, the weight of the bottle
provides additional stability.
For bras which fasten in the center or otherwise do not have
compatible clasps to fasten the loop over, it is still possible to use
this system. Before positioning the bottle funnel, loop the figure-eight
piece around the bra strap as shown.
Wrap one loop over around the bra strap and pull through the other loop.
Pull the loop through.
Pull the loops taut.
Now proceed as before, fitting the open loop of the elastic holder around the bottle and positioning the bottle over the breast.
Bottle in position with a center-fastening bra.
This photo illustrates hands-free pumping using the elastic band
method together with a nursing shirt. The nursing shirt (or any shirt)
when positioned around the funnels, helps hold everything in place.
All ready to pump. As you can see, this method can be quite discreet,
especially if the mother has a nursing shirt. Any regular top can be
adjusted down around the top of the funnels to give privacy as well.
Note that the photo shows pumping one side only, but the method is
perfectly suited to pumping both sides simultaneously, pumping one side
or even pumping one breast while nursing baby on the other breast.
DIY Handsfree Pumping Set Up
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