by Alli Turner

Too bad there is not a manual out there that details everything you need to buy when you are having a baby. Yes, there are about a thousand websites with lists that tell you what to get, but can you really, truly prepare?

Finding the right breast pump bag can be hard

When Harper was born, I had no idea I would need a separate bag for my breast pump. I figured I would throw everything in one bag and go about my day. In fact, I did not know I would need half of the things I have had to buy since she was born. Turns out, having a baby means carrying around just about everything but the kitchen sink. You need it, I got it. From hand sanitizer to teething toys to pureed sweet potatoes, I have it all.

The time came in where I needed a separate bag dedicated to all my breast pumping parts and accessories. When I was looking at potential bags for my breast pump, I wanted something durable, yet trendy, yet discreet. It may seem like I had lofty expectations but I found all of that in my Medela shoulder bag, which is included when you qualify for a Medela Pump In Style Advanced Starter Set through insurance.

Medela's shoulder bag is perfect for stashing lots of supplies

The Medela shoulder bag is perfect for my lifestyle. I have to admit that I am kind of a klutz but that is nice about this bag is that it is crafted with a microfiber material made without PVC and stains come right up. I can’t tell you how many times I have spilled coffee, milk and other drinks on there. A quick pat with a paper towel and it’s right up. This bag can withstand anything. Plus, the bag is black so you can’t mess it up too much. I love how it goes with just about everything in my wardrobe too. No one even notices that it is a breast pump bag. It can double as an oversized hand bag or purse. I have even taken my breast pump out of it to double it as another diaper bag on trips.

Perfect fit for a Medela Pump in Style breast pump

The best part of this bag is that my Medela Pump In Style Advanced Starter Set fits seamlessly in there. I even have room for other pumping accessories. Not to mention, you get a removeable cooler bag with a contoured ice pack too which is super useful with my on-the-go routine. I am able to pump in the car and keep my milk chilled so it is safe and ready to drink for my little one. The cooler bag is an ideal size too and fits in the shoulder bag nicely with my breast pump.

Double Pumping Kit included

Another neat feature of the Medela shoulder bag is that it also comes with the Medela Double Pumping Kit. Don’t ask how, but I ended up losing a breast shield my first week of exclusively pumping, and I was so thankful for the second set of parts. I also love that I do not have to depend on one set of parts so I’m not stuck in the sink washing them all of the time.