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If you’re a mom pursuing your career, it may not be possible to stay at home and breastfeed your baby until she weans.
With constant traveling and many hours spent at work, breast pumping comes in handy, but it isn’t the easiest of tasks. It comes with its setbacks: it takes a long time, and you need to record output, label and sort the pumped milk, and track the side that you pumped on.
One option is to use one of the many pumping apps available on the market. Although some lactating moms may only pump when it’s necessary, having an app in which you can log your pumping information will be very helpful. This is especially true for those who aren’t so good at remembering every detail.
In this article, I will review several of the best breast pumping apps in the market.
Best Breast Pumping Apps Reviews
Most users describe this app as an absolute must-have app for breast pumping moms. It is exactly the app you need to keep track of the amount of milk you have pumped, stored and fed to your baby. It comes with a statistics chart and timer that will help in comparing the amount of supplied milk each week or even day.
Most users are very satisfied with this app. Some moms said that it reminds them when it is time to pump and has even boosted their supplies by fifty percent. Most of them would highly recommend this app to all pumping moms.
Pump Log made it to the list of the top breastfeeding apps according to a vote conducted in 2015 and 2016.
- Keep track of your pumping routine plus pumping reminder.
- Another unique feature is the countdown calculator. If you key in your breastfeeding target (i.e. how long you plan to feed your baby – say 6 months) and enter your baby’s daily milk intake, the app can show you how many more days you need to pump to have enough stash for your baby. Pretty cool!
- The app provides detailed daily data showing our low, average and high milk production. Notes on each session can be kept, and faster and easier entry of data is ensured.
- Flexible alarm settings
- No pop-up ads
- Can log sessions using the graphing features so you are able to see your stats
- Can only stash the whole amount of milk, not just a portion
- Production can only be modified in 0.1 increments
The Baby Feed Timer is available for Apple and Android. It does more than your average pumping app. This awesome, all-encompassing app helps you track everything ranging from the baby’s growth to the pumping duration.
This app is the perfect definition of simple and quick to use. A review by Time magazine praised the app for making the breast pumping journey a smooth one.
The timer provides you with large right and left buttons, making it less stressful to press when you are cycling your baby in different positions simultaneously.
The analysis screen is tailored to meet the needs of lactating mothers who want to keep track of how long and when their baby feeds. It reminds you when it’s time to feed the baby and which breast you should start on.
It’s also possible to keep track of breastfeeds, breast pumps, sleep, diapers, the baby’s length, and even its weight. The app allows you to personalize it to the baby. You can do this by putting up the baby’s picture, birthday and name.
- Timer flexibility
- Personalize based on your baby’s needs
- Use in various different positions
- Presence of ads (need to opt for the premium version for ad-free option).
3. Milk Maid
This app was definitely designed with pumping moms in mind. The New York Times and Parenting magazine have both done exclusive features on this incredible app.
Designed with the primary objective of assisting pumping moms in the management of their breast milk stash, Milk Maid is one of the best.
By using it, you can easily record your pumping sessions and track individual bottles by pumping dates to enable you to start by using the oldest milk. It’s very flexible, as it allows you to combine the milk from different pumping sessions.
It will track milk’s expiration date as well. It helps you keep track of the milk stash, (including its location), consumed amounts by your baby.
- Tracks the amount of milk that you have stored
- Has awesome stats
- Stash can be specified based on storage location with different expiration settings.
- Great for exclusive pumping moms
- Cost a small fee
- It does not track nursing sessions (solely for pumping).
Milk Stash is an app that actually comes with its accompanying product, a breast milk storage system. The system aims to help pumping moms to manage her milk stash easily, rotating the stash so that the oldest milk gets used first. If keeping track of your stash instead of your pumping sessions is your primary objective, this is a perfect app for you.
If you are crazy in monitoring how much breast milk stash you have right now and manage them properly, this is for you. The app allows for the creation of several stash storage and calculates the amount of milk stored in each one. For instance, you may have a normal freezer stash, deep freezer stash or refrigerator stash. Each of the storage may have different expiry setting, for example, the deep freezer may have longer expiration compared with the normal freezer. It will notify you when the milk is about to expire so that nothing is wasted.
In terms of pumping, Milk Stash app also helps you keep track of the duration of pumping sessions and the amount that is pumped in each of the sessions.
- Shows fluctuations in pumping output
- The account can be connected with a caregiver
- Absence of any ads
- Can be accessed through the web application
- Notify you when milk is about to expire.
- The summary chart is a bit confusing
This app is a multipurpose app that allows you to track your newborn development including nursing and pumping. This is the app that I have used before to track my baby’s development. I love that I could simply key in all baby stuff just in one app.
This free app allows you to track your pumping routine, how much milk you pump (for left / right) including the duration. You can also track your inventory and the stash amount will be updated should you give expressed milk to your baby. My favorite would be the weekly and monthly chart that allows you to see your pumping output trend. This chart will be helpful for monitoring your milk supply should you plan to increase (or notice any sudden drop in it).
- Weekly / monthly milk chart
- Inventory can be updated
- Integrated with other baby tracking abilities such as nursing, diaper, growth.
- Personalized baby data (name, age, pictures)
- The user interface is a little bit cluttered. It takes some time to familiarize yourself with how to use the app.
So there you go, some of the best-voted pumping apps in the market. Some of them are tailored specifically for pumping only, while others are more general, catering to breastfeeding log and newborn development.
Have you been using one of these apps while pumping? Or do you use a different one? Or perhaps, you prefer using paper and pen, or even a spreadsheet? Feel free to share your experience in monitoring your pumping output and stash in the comment.