Oh the Places You’ll Pump! A Guide to Pumping on the Go


As a new mother, I learned how to be creative when pumping on the go with my first-born. Since I struggled with breastfeeding my first born, so I had to pump a lot at home and on the go. I figured many moms could relate to my experiences to I wanted to share.

Zen and the Art of Pumping in the Car

Since my daughter had a tough time breastfeeding, I was glued to the couch nursing and pumping. When I wanted to do things outside the house, I would also pump in the car on the way to whatever we were doing. At the time, we lived in a condo complex with a small parking lot, so there wasn’t any privacy for setting up to pump. Instead, I would drive a little bit and find an empty parking lot hidden by trees or buildings. Then I would strip down and get the pump set up. I put on a cardigan to keep warm and a nursing apron over my chest in case I got pulled over. (Thank goodness I never did!) After I finished pumping, I would then look for another empty parking lot to take everything apart.

Pumping at Work

When I went back to work, I had an hour commute so I continued to pump while driving as well as during the work day. I was first given a spare room to pump in. After a few weeks, the room needed to be used for something else. I had to pump in the office where I worked, which had glass doors. I had to put a big sheet over the glass for privacy. Unfortunately, the door was so high that I needed a taller co-worker to hang it up for me.

Eventually they installed blinds on the glass windows, which made pumping at work much easier. Then I ended up getting a new job with a shorter commute. That company even had a designated pumping room for pumping mothers, which was amazing!

Here’s a list of places I found privacy for pumping on the go:

  • An abandoned ambulance company
  • An abandoned hotel
  • A elementary school parking lot (during the summer)
  • A far corner of a Wal-Mart parking lot
  • A private road leading to a military base that was hardly used
  • Behind a storage facility
  • The far corner of a highway rest area
  • A spa bathroom (after getting a much-needed massage)!

So if you are a new mom and pumping on the go for the first time, know that you are not alone. If you see a mom in a secluded section of a parking lot, she is probably pumping and wants privacy. Pumping in private can be hard to obtain, but it’s also a lot of work and very isolating. Give pumping moms credit and acknowledge how hard it is.

What are the weirdest places you’ve ever pumped?

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I have a bachelor's degree in Journalism/Mass Communications from Saint Michael's College in Vermont. While at Saint Michael’s, I served as an editor for the college’s online news magazine, the echo. I also have a master’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation Administration from the University of New Hampshire. I am currently serving as Vice-President of the Seacoast Mothers Association, a non-profit, volunteer-run social organization for mothers and their children in the Greater New Hampshire Seacoast and Southern Maine area. I'm the Donor Communications Coordinator at Greater Seacoast Community Health with locations in Portsmouth and Somersworth. I reside in Somersworth with my husband and two children, ages 3 and 6.


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