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Kio

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Pumping and biking
« on: June 20, 2017, 05:17:44 PM »
Hey all, new mom here! Our kiddo is 4 months and I've been back at work for 1 month. I've been taking the bus/train because this whole new baby / pumping at work thing has been A LOT to adjust to, and I'm trying to take it one step at a time.

I'm finally in enough of a routine where I think I can add something new, and I'd like to start biking to work again. I'm also looking forward to the physical activity (I don't know how people with new babies work out! I figure my commute might be the only chance I have to get some exercise nowadays.)

I'm wondering if any other working moms have tips for cycling and pumping?

Pre-baby, I barely carried anything when I biked. Now I'll have my pump, accessories, cooler and at the end of the day my milk (on top of my computer and lunch).

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Re: Pumping and biking
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2017, 05:43:52 PM »
Do you use panniers on your bike? That is a great solution to carrying more on your bike, no matter what the contents. I hate riding with a backpack, especially during the warmer months.

My baby was born in November, and my health insurance allowed me one breast pump per calendar year. So I requested a second breast pump in January so I could have one at work and one at home. Since yours was born in February, that's probably not helpful, but maybe you could get a manual pump for home since the majority of pumping will be during the workweek.

If there's no need for pumping at home, I suggest bringing the pump in on Monday and home on Friday. Or just leave it at work full time if there's no need for pumping on the weekend.

Don't forget to eat and drink more now that you're back into cycling! I was always extra ravenous on days I worked out while nursing.

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Re: Pumping and biking
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2017, 08:28:21 PM »
I left my pump at work and just brought home milk and accessories to wash. I used a cooler lunch bag and could fit a number of bags of milk in there, but it was pretty compact. Not really a bike related tip, but I stored the accessories in the refrigerator between sessions instead of washing after each session. My office's lactation room doesn't have a sink, and I found washing in more trafficked spaces awkward.

My bike commute was also my main source of exercise until I figured out how to make time to go to swimming a couple mornings a week when my daughter was 8 months old.

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Re: Pumping and biking
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2017, 10:39:30 PM »
I don't bike commute, but here are some pumping tips that helped me:
- I bought a used pump to keep at home, and mostly kept my new one at work. The mom I bought it from also gave me tons of bottles and a nursing cover.
- I wash parts only after using them all day. Otherwise I throw in the fridge.
- I bought extra sets of cheap off-brand parts on amazon (Maymom?) so I did not need to actually wash pump parts every day.
- Breastmilk keeps for hours without a cooler. My milk was refrigerated at work, so there was no need to keep it in a cooler for my commute. I use the cooler when I need refrigerated/frozen to last basically all day, like when I was traveling or at an all-day conference where I didn't have a refrigerator.

My life got a lot easier when I did those things. If you do the same, you would only carry some milk and a few parts most days instead of the pump, cooler, etc.

FYI, I did not even attempt exercising until she was 8 months old. Nursing/pumping was all the exercise I needed!

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Re: Pumping and biking
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2017, 04:33:53 AM »
I also left my pump at work. I brought home the pump parts and the bottles of milk every day (I got bigger 8 or 12 ox bottles that fit on my pump, so I only carried two bottles a day, not a bunch of little ones). I put the pump flanges in the fridge after each use, and just washed at the end of the day. My work had a place I could actually wash them at work (I never sanitized them). If you could do that then you only need two bottles of milk which might fit in your lunch box.
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Re: Pumping and biking
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2017, 11:49:53 AM »
Hey all, new mom here! Our kiddo is 4 months and I've been back at work for 1 month. I've been taking the bus/train because this whole new baby / pumping at work thing has been A LOT to adjust to, and I'm trying to take it one step at a time.

I'm finally in enough of a routine where I think I can add something new, and I'd like to start biking to work again. I'm also looking forward to the physical activity (I don't know how people with new babies work out! I figure my commute might be the only chance I have to get some exercise nowadays.)

I'm wondering if any other working moms have tips for cycling and pumping?

Pre-baby, I barely carried anything when I biked. Now I'll have my pump, accessories, cooler and at the end of the day my milk (on top of my computer and lunch).

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I couldn't swing it.  I didn't bike for the year that I pumped, with either kid.