Jenn Bonicelli and Meghan Hertzfeldt | Jul 11, 2022
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Best breast pump bags
- Best breast pump bag overall:
- Best Spectra breast pump bag:
- Best Medela breast pump bag:
- Best breast pump with cooler:
- Best breast pump bag for working moms:
- Do I need a breast pump bag?
Whether you are pumping to help with breast milk production or traveling to and from work, lugging a breast pump around can be cumbersome. Thankfully, breast pump storage bags have come a long way and now you can discreetly carry your breast pump, store breast milk, and hold extra necessities like your laptop in style.
We checked out reviews from the parents in BabyCenter’s Community and evaluated the results with our editors’ research and experience to find the best breast pump bags. Keep reading for the best Spectra breast pump bag, the best Medela breast pump bag, and more. And if you’re in search of a quality breast pump, check out our favorite electric breast pumps and manual breast pumps.
Best breast pump bag overall
Sarah Wells Lizzy Breast Pump Bag
Designed with input from pumping experts and real-life moms, Sarah Wells bags are beloved by moms who say they make pumping simpler. Thermal pockets on each side allow you to store pumped milk for up to six hours with cooler packs, and there’s plenty of space for your pump and all its accessories, as well as your personal gear (it can even hold a laptop!). There are snaps on the side that transform the bag into a smaller purse, or wear it unsnapped for boatloads of room.
Does not fit laptops larger than 15 inches.
“I have a Sarah Wells bag, the Lizzy, and I love that I can throw everything in and just bring one bag to work.”
- 16 x 7 x 17 inches
- Fits pumps from Medela, Spectra, Ardo, Ameda, Freemie
Best Spectra breast pump bag
Bananafish Breast Pump Backpack
This convenient backpack style breast pump bag is easy to keep organized with 12 specialized pockets that hold your breast pump, pumping accessories, bottles, and a cooler bag. It has adjustable backpack straps and a comfy top carry handle, and the zippered front pocket swings open wide to give you access to your pump. To help stimulate milk flow, there’s a flap pocket where you can put a picture of your little one.
Some have reported having problems with the zippers.
“I have this pump backpack and have been loving it.”
- 13.5 x 7 x 12.5 inches
- Fits most pumps from Medela, Spectra, Evenflo, Avent, Lansinoh
Best Medela breast pump bag
Sarah Wells Abby Breast Pump Bag
These bold and professional-looking bags are designed with working moms in mind, and its leather accents give it a sleek, classic style.” The Abby sits up by itself and has a big side pocket that unzips to give you access to your pump, so you don’t need to take it in and out of the bag to use it each time. The rest of the bag is roomy enough to fit daily essentials (phone, wallet, keys, snacks), baby stuff (diapers, wipes), and a laptop or tablet up to 15 inches wide.
Because this is a larger bag, it can be on the heavier side to carry when filled.
“I splurged and bought myself a Sarah Wells bag (Abby and with a Cold Gold cooler bag) on Amazon and I absolutely love it. It was totally worth the price to be able to carry all my pump thing’s incognito along with my laptop, wallet, lunch, etc.”
“I have a Sarah Wells bag (the Abby) and I love it. It’s pricey but really nice quality!”
- 15.6 x 7.1 x 15.2 inches
- Polyester and leather
- Fits the Spectra S1 and S2, Ameda, Ardo, Freemie, Hygeia, Medela Pump In Style, Medela Freestyle, Medela Sonata
Best breast pump with cooler
Luxja Breast Pump Tote
It’s a bit of a mothership, but if you’re carrying your pump and lots of other stuff from place to place on the regular, the Luxja tote will be the one bag you need. The main compartment has two padded pockets that are big enough to fit most pumps, even some of the larger Spectra ones, as well as an add-on cooler bag. Meanwhile, there’s another padded pocket to hold your 14-inch or smaller laptop or tablet, and zippered pockets on the bag’s front and back for your keys, wallet, andphone)
Some wish the inside pockets were more structured and reinforced.
- 16 x 8 x 13.5 inches
- Fits most portable pumps, including Spectra and Medela models
Best breast pump bag for working moms
JuJuBe Be Nurtured Large Breast Pump Backpack
This pump bag’s adjustable straps give you four ways to carry it: as a backpack, a messenger bag, a tote, or hung from a stroller. Store your breast pump in the exterior zippered pocket, then put its parts, a cooler bag, and all your other daily take-alongs inside the bag itself. The Be Nurtured bag sits up by itself, is machine-washable, and has fabrics with a special antibacterial treatment that keeps your bag fresh longer.
This bag is an investment and on the pricier side.
“I’m obsessed with JuJuBe and I got the Be Nurtured pump bag and I’m excited to use it.”
- 15.5 x 7.5 x 16 inches
- Fits most standard breast pumps
Do I need a breast pump bag?
Breast pumping bags are more than an average purse you may pull out of your closet. These bags are generally structured on the bottom to protect your expensive pump and have zippered panels to give you discreet but easy access to your pump's motor. In addition, these bags are usually large enough to accommodate your everyday or work necessities and a cooler bag, keeping your expressed milk safe until you get home.
Breast pumping bags are helpful if you plan to pump while outside of your home. Health insurance companies offer breastfeeding moms free pumps, but they don't usually come with a compatible bag. Thankfully, today's bag designers have created options that are not only chic, but practical, allowing moms plenty of options to fit their specific pump.
How to organize a breast pump bag
Breast pumps are generally designed with pockets and spaces to help you keep you organized. With key fobs, accessible pockets, and outside zippered panels for your pump motor, long gone are the days of losing everything in the deep abyss of your bag. In addition, your wallet and keys can be tucked safely into designated pockets, so they're super easy to find.
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Jenn Bonicelli and Meghan Hertzfeldt
Jenn Bonicelli and Meghan Hertzfeldt are the authors of the book,You Can Two: The EssentialTwinsPreparation Guideand cofounders of parenting siteTwo Came True.
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