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Do you really need a Breast Pump Bag?

Posted on: December 21, 2017Back to All Articles

We get the question all the time, "Why should I get a dedicated breast pump bag instead of a regular tote?" We asked a couple of our pumping mama Brand Ambassadors for their thoughts on the topic. Read on to see what they had to say! 

Q: For mamas who are wondering if they really need a dedicated breast pump bag versus just using a regular handbag or tote bag for their pump - What do you see as the benefits of having a breast pump bag?

A: Sierra, Meagan and Mayra answer below.

Sierra -

If you’re wondering if you need a specific bag, my short answer is YES!

I use a lot of bags, and even have a side hobby of selling a popular brand of totes and bags. I would still recommend a Sarah Wells Bag for pumping.

These bags are specifically designed for the job, with the right amount of pockets for your pump and accessories, and the thermal pockets are a must, especially if you’re a commuter.

If you were to use a regular handbag or tote, chances are you would need more than one… a bag for your pump, a bag for used parts, a bag for clean parts, a thermal for the milk, etc.

You get the idea! As a bonus, many Breast Pump Bags are not only beautiful, but also well made and can be reused in the future.

Meagan -

I was previously using a tote bag for my pumping accessories and it was a black hole of a mess. Absolutely nothing was organized. I couldn't find any one specific thing I was looking for without unloading half of the bag - it was just a messy disaster.

Since receiving my Sarah Wells bag, I have actually been able to combine my purse, pump tote, and diaper bag all into one incrediblely organized and attractive package! Sarah Wells Bags are clearly designed with mom in mind.

In my opinion, the Breast Pump Bags are designed to help keep things organized, visible, and easy to access. It makes all the difference when it comes to a time crunch as well.

Most moms who return to work find themselves pumping on an extremely tight schedule with no time to waste fumbling around searching for the supplies they need. And personally, I have delayed let downs when I am feeling stressed and pressed for time.

These pump bags make it possible to quickly get what you need set up with just a few zips of the bag; allowing more time to pump and focus on what's important - like breathing, haha!

  Claire Breast Pump Bag

Mayra -

When going to work and pumping, you deal with carrying extra things and you find yourself having to pause your workload in order to pump.

Now with my Claire, I no longer have to carry all these extra things such as the cooler for the milk I pump, storage for the actual pump, zip lock bags for the dirty parts, bottles and/or storage bags, and not to mention the pumping parts.

The Claire is definitely a game changer for me. I can store everything in just one bag. It has also saved me time, so I don't worry about taking out the pump from the other bag or taking out the cooler.

Carrying my pump and all the accessories has become a part of my every day life and the Claire has made things a lot easier.

This video shows a glimpse of everything I can fit into my Claire Breast Pump Bag.


We want to hear from YOU!

Why do you (or would you) find a dedicated breast pump bag helpful in your pumping journey? 

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  • Stephanie : Dec 25, 2017

    Having one bag dedicated to all my pumping gear once I go back to work would seem like a dream so I don’t forget anything!

  • Savannah: Dec 25, 2017

    A pumping bag is essential! I’m over packer and worst case scenario type, so having all my parts, extra parts, tissues, hand sanitizer, anything I could need for pumping all packed neatly and organized into one convenient bag has been awesome. My Lizzy is on its second pumping journey, I’m a physician assistant with full time and a part time jobs, and it’s been amazing!

  • Melissa : Dec 25, 2017

    I work full time and carry a lot of bags for work. But life is easier when I have designated bags for every category in life. This is why I think it’s important to have a separate pumping bag. It would make life much easier and more organized

  • Liyana: Dec 24, 2017

    As breastfeed and working mom, I really need a bag that I can put all my things and breast pump all together. With Sara Wells breast pump bag I don’t have to bring so many bag to the office. Sara Wells breast pump bag don’t look like others breast pump bag. The design of Sara Wells breast pump bag so unique and beautiful .It also can be my handbag that I can put all my baby stuffs to everywhere I go.

  • Stephanie Stringer: Dec 24, 2017

    I’m about to be a first time mom, and I’m excited to breastfeed and pump for as lon as possible. I can’t imagine trying to lug all that around without an awesome bag!

  • Bernice: Dec 24, 2017

    Pump bag makes going back to work so much easier. Pockets for the pump and all the accessories and a slot for my laptop now im all ready to go in one bag. Life saver!

  • Becky: Dec 24, 2017

    I will be going back to work soon and a pump bag will help me streamline everything. I have almost an hour and a half commute each way so a pump bag will help keep everything organized so I don’t have to lug around four bags on public transportation. Staying organized will help me keep on top of things, which in turn will help maximize the time I can spend with my child once we get home.

  • Laina: Dec 24, 2017

    Absolutely, anything that can make a momma’s life easier like everything in one bag is a must! Laptop, files, moms snack/lunch, ALL pump supplies. The fact that it’s cute is just a bonus.

  • Katie Byczek: Dec 24, 2017

    I think it absolutely an essential to have your own breastfeeding bag for your supplies and pump! I work full time and I bring a cooler backpack which is nice because the milk cans yay nice and cool while transporting it back home! You need to make sure it has enough pockets so all of your supplies can be with you on the go, plus extras. :)

  • Jenny Pirela: Dec 24, 2017

    I absolutely think you need a dedicated pumping back if you are heading back to work after having a baby. It makes everything organized and easy to access!

  • Carmen : Dec 24, 2017

    I think having a dedicated breast pump bag is essential in my opinion it keeps you motivated to pump, it also keeps you organized with everything at reach. And we all know mamas in general can use the extra help in keeping everything organized. I’m excited to start my pumping journey in March when we welcome our second baby girl I will have a 12 mo old and a new born and I know that thanks to Sarah Wells pump bags life will be that much easier and fashionable

  • Keeley: Dec 24, 2017

    Being a breastfeeding momma is hard, especially when going back to work. This is my second go around as a working breastfeeding mom. And while it is doable without a breastpump bag, here is why I’ve chosen to have one this time:

    1. I don’t look like the bag lady! Having a bag that can hold my Spectra, its parts, storage containers, and cooler along with my portfolio, laptop, and clutch makes commuting so much easier than carrying two and three bags. .
    2. My pump has a designated space. Nothing is worse than ruining a pump or plug in from the condensation of the cooler. Believe me, it happens. Also, who wants to dig around in a bag and pull out a tube?! If someone looked down in my bag, they wouldn’t see my pump.
    3. It makes pumping more discreet. There are many designs and styles that helping a working momma maintain her professional style.
    4. Time savings. Having everything in one bag, cuts down on the packing time. I leave my Spectra in the bag and plug it in to charge without ever having to remove it.
    5. It can be used after breastfeeding. The pockets and extra space are so helpful and would be ideal for flying and traveling for work or with my two little ones.
    Summary: you should get one!

  • Sarah: Dec 24, 2017

    Baby #3 was due on Friday. We’re still waiting for his or her arrival. The Claire would be perfect for when I head back to work on March. The fewer bags the better with two drop offs and three kiddos.

  • Renee Magallanez : Dec 24, 2017

    Having a dedicated pump bag will keep my pumping supplies clean.

    It is also, a fashionable way to carry all my necessities when attending professional development and trainings/conferences.

  • Tara Gordon: Dec 24, 2017

    I purchased a pump bag from another vendor and feel like it just doesn’t work. I am a working momma and am pregnant with Baby #2 and will need something I can count on. I have heard so many good things about these bags and would absolutely love one.

  • Victoria W.: Dec 24, 2017

    I am a first-time mom whose big goal was to pump till my son was at least 1. I pumped till 14 months and we still breastfeed now at 16 months! I credit a lot of my success to having a system that allowed it to be as easy as possible to pump on the go where ever I was. The first thing I did when I found out that my office space was going to become more ’dynamic was buy the Kelly pump bag and omg an I glad I did. It is perfect for pumping in a different place every day. I recommend it to all my expecting working friends!

  • Stephanie : Dec 23, 2017

    I even surprised myself with how much I love my Sarah Wells Kelly pump bag. With my first son I just used a canvas tote and it worked ok. This time around I decided to get a pump specific bag to carry my S1 to and from work. I LOVE it! Everything I need fits in the bag and it keeps my pump protected and easily accessible. i don’t even have to take it out to pump which saves time when I have to pump at work. I’ve also traveled with it a few times and I love having backpack straps as an option. Seriously can’t say enough good things about this bag. It’s definitely worth the money. Think about how much time you devote to pumping. Anything to help make it easier and keep things organized is so greatly appreciated.

  • Erika Sanchez: Dec 23, 2017

    In my opinion, Yes! It’s a life changing experience. Why? I used to carry 3 to 4 bags to travel. A baby bag, a cooler bag, a purse for my essentials, and a bag for my pump parts and to wash my pump on the go. Now I’m down to my pump bag and a cooler bag. Everything else fits into my pump bag! It is a must have product, especially if you’re an exclusively pumping mom. ✌

  • Andrea Babcock: Dec 23, 2017

    As mamas, we are always doing things for our kids. Treat yourself! I was using a crappy cooler bag for my pumping parts and recently splurged on a pumparoo. It feels so nice, to be using that bag. It’s like a treat for me. I need to upgrade my crappy pump bag now :)

  • Vero M: Dec 23, 2017

    I find myself carrying four different bags to work and I would love the ease of just taking one universal bag! Thank you for inventing that!!!!

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