Are you looking for a stylish way to take your breast pump out and about? We researched over 20 possible fetching pump bags and narrowed the competition to 8 impressive options for this roundup of useful bags. Packing your pump and pumping supplies can be a major hassle. Being able to fit your other supplies with your breast pump in the same bag is useful, and finding a bag that does this with style is a game-changer. Whether you want a simple, lightweight tote or a bag that fits the kitchen sink, we've got you covered.
The Best Breast Pump Bag
The Ju-Ju-Be Be Supplied is the perfect bag for breastfeeding moms. Its high-quality construction extends the life of this bag well beyond your pumping years, and it transitions smoothly into a great diaper bag or tote. You can conveniently fit a 13" laptop inside the rear pocket, and the backpack and shoulder straps are interchangeable and well-padded for versatility and carrying heavy loads. The Be Supplied exudes quality, from the gold hardware to the quality zippers. The lightweight material is coated with a Teflon fabric protector to repel stains, and all Ju-Ju-Be bags are machine-washable, making it easy to keep everything sanitary, which is important for pumping. You can combine this bag with the Ju-Ju-Be Be Equipped that includes a small wet bag, a mini bottle cooler, and an organizer bag to help keep all of your supplies in their place.
Although Ju-Ju-Be products tend to be expensive, the Be Supplied is a reasonable price for the quality and durability. In fact, it is a fantastic diaper bag that will last years past your pumping days. This Ju-Ju-Be only has one insulated pocket design to store the pump, which is a bummer as additional insulated compartments to store your expressed milk would be useful. The Be Supplied is one of the smaller Ju-Ju-Be breast pump bags, so if space is an issue, we encourage you to consider the Ju-Ju-Be Be Pumped.
Read the Review: Ju-Ju-Be Be Supplied
The Sarah Wells Abby is a terrific choice if you're looking for a well-organized and professional-looking bag. This bag has two exterior pockets for storing small items like a phone and keys, and the interior boasts a separate laptop compartment (fitting up to a 15" laptop), a zippered pocket, and two open pouches. It also has two generous insulated side pockets. One side is for pump storage and is large enough to fit a Spectra pump (though it is a snug fit). The other insulated compartment is perfect for storing expressed milk. We fit in a full day's gear with plenty of room to spare in this spacious bag. You can also use this bag when your pumping days are over. The insulated pockets can be snapped up and out of the way to create more room for use as a diaper bag, overnight bag, or camera bag. Also, if the bag doesn't work for you, there is 100% satisfaction guaranteed lifetime warranty.
While the tote handles on this bag are comfortable, the shoulder strap could use extra padding. You also need to be careful not to overfill it, as the spacious interior can lead to a heavy load. Also, some users reported durability issues, noting problems with the zipper, the stitching on the handle coming undone, and the blue and white stripes "bleeding." We didn't run into these issues during testing, but you should check for these issues when you get your bag. If you need to exchange or return a bag, the Sarah Wells team will greet you with excellent customer service.
Read the Review: Sarah Wells Abby
Dr Brown's Breast Pump Carryall Tote is a great option if you want a highly functional, budget-friendly bag. This bag's simple look makes it great for a variety of uses, including a pump bag, diaper bag, or mom tote (fits a 15" laptop), so you can use it beyond your pumping days. This bag is nice and lightweight, which is great since breast pump bags can get weighed down once it is full of essentials. This bag is easy to clean with a damp rag, which is useful as a milk mess is inevitable. The Carryall Tote is a no-frills bag that is great for the mom on the go.
The Carryall has two zippered access panels on either side of the bag that provides access to the breast pump and accessories. However, these panels open directly to the main compartment with no separation. While this can be convenient to fit larger pumps, it also means that items will shift and likely be less organized. While it has a nice outer pocket that can accommodate a laptop, and a few inner pockets, you'll probably want to invest in some pouches, like this set from Ju-Ju-Be for better organization.
The Medela bag is a compact bag designed to carry only the necessities required for pumping. This simple classic is the smallest in our tests and is specific for Medela products. This purse-style bag is great if you need to carry only your pump and a few extra items such as a phone and wallet and don't plan to carry a laptop or want a larger tote. The bag has four small exterior pockets and an interior mesh pocket. This bag is durable with water-resistant fabric that is easy to wipe clean; it is well made and should hold up for many years.
This bag is the smallest option in the roundup. If you need to carry more than your pump, such as a laptop, lunch, or daily essentials, then this is not the bag for you. There is a power adaptor port for the pump plug, but it can be a pain to push and pull the plug through each time, resulting in some users taking the pump out of the bag instead. Despite these size-related hiccups, if you have a Medela pump and few supplies, then this might be the bag for you.
The New Yorker is a classy higher-end bag for professional working moms. We are impressed by the high-quality materials and its timeless look. As the largest bag in the group, it has great organizational features and will fit just about anything you'll need to make it through the day. There are two main compartments with a top portion for purse items, and a lower portion to hold a pump and cooler. The upper portion has a plethora of pockets for better organization, and the fact that it is completely separate from your pumping supplies means your items won't fall into an endless pit. This bag also has a convenient laptop pocket on the outside that fit our 15" MacBook with a case inside.
We like the separate top and bottom compartments, but it does create a potential problem of bag collapse if the top part is full and the bottom is empty. This bag is also one of the heaviest in the group when empty. Also, there is no padding on the shoulder strap, so your shoulders might get sore after carrying this large, heavy bag for longer durations. Overall, this professional-looking option is an excellent choice for anyone looking for space or heading to the office.
The Sarah Wells Lizzie is a well-made, larger bag that won't break the bank. This bag is super roomy and has plenty of space for all of your gear, a 15" laptop, and more. You can fit a Spectra pump in one of the two insulated pockets and expressed milk in the other, and it even comes with a cute picture pocket for your baby's photo to help with letdown. The material is easy to clean, but any moisture will soak into the fabric is left long enough. The Lizzie comes in a variety of stylish patterns.
This bag is difficult to keep organized. It's so spacious that it can start to feel a bit like Mary Poppin's bag if you aren't careful. We suggest investing in some smaller storage pods, like Ju-Ju-Be Be Equipped, to help improve organization. Also, this bag is floppy, and unless you have it stuffed full, it is going to sag and droop. However, if you don't mind a relaxed look, then the Lizzie is a great bag that can transition into a multipurpose carryall once you're past your pumping days.
The Bananafish Madison is a cute, inexpensive backpack that can carry your basic pumping items. It has enough room to fit all of the items from our list of essentials and a small laptop, and the numerous pockets help keep everything organized. The front pocket is designed to hold your pump and works well with a Medela pump or something of similar size. The Spectra can fit in the main compartment, but this will reduce the storage you have for other items. This bag is a casual, durable backpack that can withstand a little weather.
From our research, there appears to be a quality control issue with the Madison. While the majority of users are pleased with this bag, some complaints of loose stitching causing holes, straps breaking, and zipper problems. This bag has a boxy style, and the inside liner is not stitched in place. While the Madison isn't as impressive as some of the competition, it is an adorable and functional bag with a useful backpack carry style.
The jay elle Type A is a no-frills bag loaded with cool accessories. It is available in three different styles and comes with a cooler, accessory and wet bag, dry cloth, and jay elle C.O.D.E. book. Because the interior of the bag is a single large compartment with a small divider, it is nice to have the multiple storage pods to keep your things in order. We were able to fit all of the essentials and a 15" laptop inside. When used with ice packs, the cooler bag does a nice job keeping expressed milk cold for a few hours. The cooler bag has unique Velcro dividers that can be rearranged, taken out, or adjusted to accommodate different bottles.
This bag is not the best quality. The materials seem cheaper, especially when compared to some of the higher-end bags in this group, and some users report problems with the construction. Overall, this bag is useful for occasional all-day use.
Why You Should Trust Us
The breast pump bag round-up team is lead by our founder, Dr. Juliet Spurrier. Dr. Spurrier is a board-certified pediatrician and mother of two. She is instrumental in product selection and testing to help narrow the product field to the absolute best contenders. Dr. Spurrier has been testing diaper and breast pump bags for over six years. The team is rounded out by Senior Review Editors, Wendy Schmitz, and Senior Review Editor, Abriah Wofford. Wendy is a mother of two with a degree in biology. She uses her experience in scientific testing to analyze and test products with a critical eye. Wendy has been involved in bag testing since 2016. Abriah joined the bag review team in 2017, helping test for hand-on ease of use, features and functionality, and quality.
We spent more than 100 hours researching and hands-on testing the breast pump bags in this review. We determined several factors we think users should consider when finding the perfect breast pump bag. We evaluated the bag quality, whether or not it could fit the large Spectra breast pump, if a laptop could fit and what size, and overall functionality and ease of use of the bag.
We started our analysis exploring the pros and cons of more than 30 contenders before narrowing the options to 8 options for testing. We tested these breast pump bags side-by-side for quality, functionality, and size to determine our favorites.
Weight is an Ease-of-Use Factor
Finding the right balance between functionality and bag size is essential. You want a bag that will meet all of your needs without weighing you down. As part of our testing process, we weighed each bag. Having a good idea of how heavy the bag is will help you determine how much gear you want to pack.
The Medela is the lightest weighing only 0.8 lbs, with the The New Yorker weighing the most at 2.8 lbs. While the difference between the two is only two pounds, after you add a pump and supplies, your personal items, and a laptop, those two pounds can make the difference between a trusty everyday bag and a bag you hesitate to use because it's too darn heavy. You might want to consider the weight factor more if you need to carry your bag for an extended period on a regular basis. Hauling a heavy bag a 1/2 mile to the bus stop will feel significantly different than carrying it a few steps from your house to the car to the office.
Taking your breast pump on-the-town isn't ideal. It's no fun lugging it around, but a good bag can help ease the load. You probably bought your pump, never really considering how to transport it. The use of breast pumps is on the rise, but many moms don't realize how many options they have when it comes to carrying them. Using multiple bags - work bag, lunch, pump, and parts - can be frustrating. Getting out the door can be challenging, and packing everything you need for yourself into one bag can be a huge help. Consolidating your supplies into one discreet and professional-looking bag can greatly decrease daily frustrations.
In 2015, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics released some compelling data about working moms. The labor force participation rate of working mothers of children under three years was 61.4%. The popularity of breastfeeding has risen because of health and cost-saving benefits. Labor laws mandate proper pumping facilities to be available, along with adequate time to carry out the task, without a strike against the employee. Also, now that many health insurance companies cover the cost of breast pumps, many working moms are choosing to express milk for their babies when they return to work so they can continue breastfeeding beyond their maternity leave.
Do I need a breast pump bag?
The two best reasons for acquiring a breast pump bag are discretion and functionality. Being able to carry your pump in a stylish and discreet bag can make lugging your pump to work less noticeable. Having everyone know that you are pumping can be uncomfortable for some moms, and a great bag can help keep your secret. You may also dread heading out with so much to carry. Between a car seat with a baby inside, a full diaper bag to leave at daycare, a purse, a pump, and a work bag, things can quickly become overwhelming, leaving you feeling more like a pack animal than a working mom. Using a single bag can considerably simplify things. Finding a functional pump bag can ease your burden and increase your privacy.
Which bag is right for me?
If you plan to be away from home for an extended period, you'll need to consider how to make pumping possible. There are essentially four ways to solve your pump on the go problems. You can try to fit your pump into a bag you already own. You can use the bag that comes with the pump. You can purchase a new bag that may work for pumping, or you can choose a bag designed with pumping in mind. Depending on your specific circumstances such as frequency of pumping, plans for future use, and budget, your best choice may vary from that of other mothers.
We reviewed a variety of breast pump bags to compare how well they handle the demands of a busy pumping mom. We used various pumps to see how well they fit in the bags. We also added several supplies we think moms will want or need for a day out and about. The list of personal items features an assortment of things that we consider essential for new or working moms. Because it can be impossible to imagine how a bag will hold and organize your belongings, we feel it is important to showcase what the bags look like and how they perform packed with the essentials.
- Multiple-key keychain
- Mobile phone & charger
- Water bottle
- Laptop and cord
A bag is nothing until you start adding features. Features are the little helpers that can make your life much easier by increasing the bag's functionality. They can elevate an ok bag up to a fantastic bag by organizing, separating, holding, insulating, and so much more. Most of the bags we tested have quite a few features. Things like metal feet and key rings, spots fora wallet or phone, insulated pockets, helpful enclosures, carrying options, water bottle holders, and easy clean fabrics are all features that make a difference in how enjoyable a bag is to use.
Having a water-resistant bag is also important. Whether it is accidental spills or weather, your bag is sure to encounter wetness. When your schedule is busy, the last thing you want to worry about is a stained or dirty bag. While most of the bags can easily wipe down to prevent stains, not all of them repel droplets for more than a few seconds and would, therefore, not hold up to a bottle leak or rainstorm.
Style and Quality
You don't need to sacrifice style to find a functional bag. Feeling confident and stylish carrying your bag can sometimes determine how often you feel comfortable using it. If you find a bag that you like, you'll want to use it through pumping, diapers, and potentially beyond. Luckily, as pumping has become more common, there are more breast pump bags today in a wide variety of styles than ever before. So whether you're searching for a utilitarian, purely-for-function bag, or something more stylish, you don't have to look too far.
Quality is just as important as style, if not more so. On average, pumping at work takes 15-25 minutes a session, three times a day. That means you are going to utilize this bag frequently, and you'll carry it almost everywhere. The last thing you'll want to do is purchase more than one bag because the first one falls apart. In our opinion, this is why it is worth spending extra money to buy a larger, higher quality bag from the get-go.
Size and Capacity
Finding a middle ground between convenient size and useful capacity can be more challenging than you think. We discovered that just because a bag has a lot of space, doesn't mean it is usable space. We also determined that that higher quality materials often weigh more, but they don't have to weigh you down. The best combination is a larger bag with superior organization other built-in or by way of external pods. Easily accessible organization can help streamline your pump breaks and decrease your stress or anxiety. After testing, we feel the sweet spot is about 15" wide, 8-10" deep, and about 11.5-12" tall. Many of the bags in this review are within this range, with some variation for those who need to pack more versus those who need the minimum.
Breastmilk truly is "liquid gold," it is a scarce and valuable resource that many new moms work hard to provide for their babies. Leaving for an extended period while breastfeeding can be challenging for several reasons, but using a breast pump can be part of the solution. A great pump can help you keep your milk supply up and preserve the milk for your little one's future use. We recommend choosing your breast pump first and then selecting the best bag that fills your needs and fits your pump. This approach ensures you get the best combination of pump and bag to keep you breastfeeding for longer as your responsibilities take you away from home.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Lindsay Selig