I’ve had the same old-school Medela pump bag since I bought my Freestyle back in 2010. Recently, I got the chance to try out the Sarah Wells Lizzy Pump Bag. I’m pretty sure that calling it “life-changing” would make me sound overdramatic. However.
I spend a lot of time carrying my pump bag, and I love the Lizzy bag. And not just because the fact that I am using it now means I’m no longer relying on safety pins to hold together my pump bag.
First, a quick description. The bag has two compartments on the bottom that you access via a side zipper. These compartments are padded and insulated, and they are intended to contain your pump and a bottle cooler. One is larger than the other because some pumps are larger than others – this is great, because the bag will be able to safely protect and pad your pump no matter the size. The bag also opens from the top, where you can put accessories like your hands-free bra and other stuff.
Below is a list of all the things I like about it, and how you can get the most use out of it.
When you’re an exclusive pumper, you need to take your pump with you almost everywhere that you go. When you add on a diaper bag and a purse, it can feel like you’re a sherpa when you’re just trying to go to the park and grocery shopping.
This pump bag could actually function as all three things. You can put your pump in one pump compartment, your bottles, a freezer pack, hands-free bra, and pump parts in the other zipper compartment. Then you can put diapers and wipes in the top, and there’s a side zipper for your wallet and phone. Everything you need in one well-organized bag, done.
It’s obvious that a lot of care has gone into the design of this pump bag, because it is extremely functional. The side zipper compartments are cushioned and insulated and work great for containing your pump and cooler and bottles. There is plenty of room on the top for accessories, with pockets that will fit pump wipes, battery packs, car adaptors, breast pads, nipple cream, etc.
This bag is well-constructed, and I’m confident it will last through multiple kids and beyond (see below).
Despite the fact that this bag is designed for functionality with regard to carrying a breast pump and cooler/bottles, it can be used as a “normal” bag when you’re done pumping or between kids. All you need to do is push the pump and cooler compartments down (they collapse easily), and you have a good-sized bag – it’s a perfect for a roomy carry-on or would work great for packing your child’s clothes and a few toys for a trip.
This bag is obviously much cuter than my old-school Medela bag, but that goes without saying, right?
Sarah has graciously offered to give away a Lizzy bag to one of you! All that you need to do to enter is leave a comment below before Thursday, July 14th. Tell us what you don’t like about your current pump bag (too small? also held together by safety pins? doesn’t exist yet?) and you’re all set. Make sure you include your email address when you comment, or I won’t be able to contact you! (Email addresses will not be published.)
Update: The Winner!
Amy (with comment # 64) is the winner!
Fine print: This giveaway is open to residents of the US who are 18 years of age or older. The giveaway will end on July 14, 2016 at 11:59pm CST. Enter by commenting below. Winner will be selected by matching the comment number with a randomly generated number. This post will be updated on July 15th, 2016 with the comment number and first name of the winner. Sarah Wells is responsible for prize fulfillment. Good luck!