The 7 Best Breast Pump Bags to Buy in 2018

Keep your pump handy with these pretty and practical picks

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We all have our favorite bag, but once you become a mother, your beloved carryall shifts to the baby world. Enter the breast pump bag. Whether you are an urban or rural parent, this is an essential accessory and finding the right one is important since you'll be toting this around town. 

When it comes to breast pump bags gone are the days of these bags being dreary and not stylish to carry. You can now find these bags in all shapes and sizes, from simple and classic to fun prints. The best...MORE breast pump bag is one that works with your aesthetic and is functional as this bag should make the transporting of the breast pump a seamless process. For working moms, to exclusively pumping moms, here, the best breast pump bags for you. 

 

  • Best Overall: Sarah Wells "Lizzy" Breast Pump Bag

    Sarah Wells designs her bags specifically as breast pump bags which explains why they are made with well thought out details. The two-way snap system which means snap sides down for a smaller pump purse, if you wish to expand, unsnap and use as cross-body tote. Exterior pockets for small items such as keys and phone are the functional touches that a bag carrying mother can appreciate.

    The gorgeous print on nylon is a stylish way to add a bit of flair to some of your mom gear. Plus, the durable fabric also makes for easy cleaning. When it comes time to toting your liquid gold you'll feel confident knowing that both sides of the bag are thermally lined to keep milk cold, and ice packs can be added to if you need to keep chill up to 6 hours. This bag is designed to fit all breast pumps, and the inside of the bag is quite roomy. There is room for a laptop and extra personal items perfect if you would like to carry one bag throughout the day. A cute added touch is two pockets to hold photos of your baby that you can look at while you pump (it helps encourage your letdown!). 

  • Best Budget: Machine Bird Breast Pump Backpack Bag

    Every mom would love an extra set of hands, so when it comes to getting a pump bag a backpack bag might be a smart move for those who want to stay handsfree when toting their little one around. This backpack is far from basic — it has a pretty modern design that is gender neutral with its grey colorway. What's neat about this is the main compartment opens on the top like a tote bag so it can stash a lot — including some hospital grade pumps. In total it has 10 different compartments to store all of your baby and personal needs. When you are with the baby this also has stroller straps so you can hang this on your stroller when you walk around town. Plus, this is a super affordable option. 

  • Best for Working Moms: Nurse Purse Breast Pump Bag

    Moms who pump on the job want a bag that is lightweight and can store all she needs without the extra hassle. The Nurse Purse does all of this in its happy pattern and easy to access design. Your pump can sit all together in the bottom of the bag with all of the parts together, so you'll cut down the time on putting it together and taking it apart at each pump session. The bag is made of a water and stain resistant fabric that will keep messes at bay on your daily commute and dreaded milk spills. 

  • Most Stylish: The New Yorker Breast Pump Bag by Charlie G, Black/Gold

    If you are looking to tote only one bag to the office or are searching for a style that works with your daily wardrobe this Charlie G The New Yorker is a great choice. This classic nylon tote, which is great material for easy cleaning, comes in black and will fit most pumps. The pump compartment size is 10" x 7" x 7" which can fit such popular pumps like the Philips Avent single, the Medela Pump in style and the Spectra S1 and S2.

    Besides space for the pump, you also have room for miscellaneous items, a lapotop compartment and an insualted cooler part that can keep milk cool for up to six hours. The bag also has the option to sit on your shoulder or be held with the drop handles. When your pumping journey is over, you can convert this to a diaper bag making it a great gift for any new parent

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  • Best for Medela: Sarah Wells "Abby" Breast Pump Bag, Real Leather Straps

    Looking for a pump bag that looks similar to your pre-baby gear? Then Abby bag is right for you. This pick is great for moms who use the Medela line of pumps as it will fit the Freestyle, Sonata and even the large PISA, but it can also house the Spectra S1 and S2, Ameda, Ardo, Freemie, Hygeia, Phillips Avent and much more. The pockets on either end can hold a pump on one side and a Medela cooler (sold separately on the other) with extra room for accessories and extra gear you travel with. 

    At the higher price tag, you'll be glad to know you can use it after your done pumping as a diaper bag or everyday tote. 

     

  • Best for Spectra: Bananafish Charlotte Electric Breast Pump Tote Bag

    The Spectra pumps are favorite amongst breastfeeding moms, but their round size can make finding a bag for it challenging. This tote bag can easily carry the Spectra S1 and S2 with its tote like construction which gives ample room for your pump plus any accessories you need.  To help encourage your milk supply this also has a photo flap to carry a picture of your baby (it really works!). Extra long shoulder straps make toting this a breeze in in bulky winter coats. 

    Reviewers comment this bag holds a lot and many have raved about how stylish it looks with their work clothes. 

  • Best for Drying: Skip Hop Tray Chic Dry and Store Pump Bag

    One of the most annoying things about pumping is cleaning and drying the parts. Skip Hop, the makers of many genius baby products have designed a bag that actually lets your pump parts dry inside the bag. The bag looks like any basic tote bag, but you'll keep all your parts in the bottom drying tray that doubles as a staging area when it comes time to pump. After you clean your parts, put them back into the drying tray and leave both sides of the flaps open to encourage cross ventilation drying so the parts can dry while you are at your desk in between sessions.

    The top part of the bag has ample storage for a cooler and two smaller pockets inside to store stuff like nursing pads. It also has a pump pocket and two pen loops to store markers so you can label your breastmilk bags.