10 Best Breast Pump Bags

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Introduction

So you’ve received the breast pump you recently ordered – congratulations! Now you’ve opened the box, and knowing that a pumping accessory kit came with it, you realize that you need a breast pump carry bag to make transporting it all so much easier.

You might also have discovered that there’s a wider variety of breast pump tote bags than there are pumps! The price range is as wide as the Grand Canyon too. You have dirt cheap all the way up to outrageously expensive. Trying to find the right one for you  is like walking through the jungle.

Not to fear – that’s why we’re here! You’re a busy mom, so time is a precious commodity both for you and your baby. So we have labored in your behalf to find the best breast pump bags out there.

Here we present our review of the 10 best breast pump carry bags.

Our Picks For Best Breast Pump Bag—

2000/200w ea  +/-

In this review, we will take each item, from the best to the worst, presenting features, benefits, pros and cons. So we begin with our #1 pick.

Bananafish Fashion Breast Pump Bag, Black/Taupe/Khaki
Top Pick
Sarah Wells Abby Breast Pump Bag, Real Leather Straps (Navy)
Breast Pump Bag "Kelly" by Sarah Wells (Black)
Bananafish Fashion Breast Pump Bag, Black/Taupe/Khaki
Sarah Wells Abby Breast Pump Bag, Real Leather Straps (Navy)
Breast Pump Bag "Kelly" by Sarah Wells (Black)
from $39.99
$180.00
$125.00
Bananafish Fashion Breast Pump Bag, Black/Taupe/Khaki
Bananafish Fashion Breast Pump Bag, Black/Taupe/Khaki
from $39.99
Top Pick
Sarah Wells Abby Breast Pump Bag, Real Leather Straps (Navy)
Sarah Wells Abby Breast Pump Bag, Real Leather Straps (Navy)
$180.00
Breast Pump Bag "Kelly" by Sarah Wells (Black)
Breast Pump Bag "Kelly" by Sarah Wells (Black)
$125.00

1. Sarah Wells “Abby” Breast Pump Bag

Sarah Wells offers our winning pick with the “Abby” breast pump bag. We liked the “double duty” design. Instead of mom bringing her purse and a pump bag, she gets two-in-one with the Abby, very ideal for a pumping bag for work!

The pockets are thermally lined, so keeping expressed milk cold is easy, and you can keep it cold for up to 6 hours. You don’t need anything special to clean it. As this high end bag is made of nylon, all you need to do is dampen a cloth and wipe it clean.

Let’s look at some pros and cons.

Pros

  • Stylish
  • Easy to clean
  • Very Roomy
  • Fits other pumps

Cons

  • Expensive

To Buy or Not To Buy

So this bag had quite a few pluses, but it’s expensive, which was the only thing we could say against it.

Mom has already spent hundreds of dollars on a pump and now has to spend more on a bag to fit it. Even so, the bag made up for that by being roomy, high quality and isn’t made for just one type of pump.

However, all the pluses more than made up for it. If you can afford it, get it!

2. Bananafish Fashion Breast Pump Bag

If you have a Spectra pump, then a Spectra breast pump bag is the way to go. Our #2 pump is the Bananafish pump bag, designed to fit Spectra pumps. However, it’s big enough to fit about any pump on the market, something that we liked.

There’s one feature that, while not functional, is very thoughtful on the part of the folks at Bananafish. It seems that having a picture of your baby close by makes up for the separation you have to endure from your baby. You can keep the picture in the drop-down pocket.

Now, for the pros and cons.

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Many pockets
  • Stylish

Cons

  • Zipper sometimes gets stuck

To Buy or Not To Buy?

This bag was able to fit any Spectra pump, as promised, and could take several pumps we had on hand to test the bag with. And with all the pockets, all the little odds and ends have a place in the bag.

Though not marketed as a “high end” bag, there was some considerable quality put into it. The biggest plus of all was its price. Just about any mom can afford this. So if you’re looking for moderate to high value for the money, this is the bag.

3. Sarah Wells “Kelly” Breast Pump Bag

Sarah Wells shines again at our #3 spot, with the “Kelly” breast pump bag. This bag is designed as a Medela breast pump bag, and claims to fit any of their models, including the Symphony, a larger hospital grade pump.

This is a nylon bag, which makes cleaning very easy, and a dampened cloth is all you need for that. You can also wear it on your shoulder, or on your back, like a backpack.

Let’s check out the pros and cons.

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Doubles as a shoulder bag or back pack
  • Lots of pockets, even one for laptop

Cons

  • A little pricey
  • Shoulder straps too thin

To Buy Or Not To Buy

This bag is ideal for a mom who is not bound to an office. She can put her laptop into its dedicated pocket, without feeling like a beast of burden.

The only complaint we had is the price. Our #2 choice had similar features and quality for about a third of the price. Two,  the shoulder straps seemed too thin. The weight over time could put a strain on them, potentially busting.

But if you’re stuck paying the price, you’re still getting a decent breast pump bag.

4. The New Yorker Breast Pump Bag by Charlie G

The New Yorker takes the #4 position, and is designed primarily for Ameda breast pump bags. It’s not because of their size, but because of everything that comes with the pump. However, it too can accommodate other pumps.

It has a couple other features we like. One is the cooler pocket. So not only do you have room for the bottles you fill; you can keep the cooler with you to cool the milk. The other is the dust cover for the bag itself. Smart idea. Keeps dust from potentially entering any part of your pump.

Here are the expected pros and cons.

Pros

  • Fits many different brands, especially Ameda
  • Plenty of storage w/dedicated pockets
  • Black in color – won’t show dirt

Cons

  • Spendy
  • Zipper is stiff

To Buy Or Not To Buy?

This breast pump bag was designed by a mom who was looking for “industrial strength meets chic.” Whether or not she achieved that is a matter of debate.

With plenty of storage, including several dedicated pockets, you might not ever have to worry about forgetting something. It was given the color black, so there won’t be any fuss about clashing or visible dirt.

If you can get passed the price, then you’ll still get a good bag.

5. Sarah Wells “Annie” Breast Pump Bag

Wow! Sarah Wells strikes yet again. Their “Annie” breast pump bag made #5 on our list. This has about anything the previous four bags do, except this was designed for more compact units.

A cross-body strap and comfort handles make transporting easy and flexible. The interior pocket has easily enough room for a smaller laptop, and has good storage for the usual things, including your bottled pumped milk.

Take a look at the pros and cons.

Pros

  • Faux leather – easy to clean, durable, stain-resistant
  • Fits most portable compact pumps

Cons

  • Only smaller laptops fit
  • Expensive

To Buy Or Not To Buy

To be sure, this was not an impressive breast pump bag. We appreciated the faux leather, which makes it easy to clean, is stain-resistant and durable. Most compact breast pumps will fit in it.

However, they should have been more specific about whether it would fit a laptop or not. Its description says it would fit a laptop; they just didn’t say what size. If you have a larger laptop, you can forget about this bag.

And the top problem was that it was expensive. The pluses didn’t come close to justifying the price. You can find a larger one far less expensive in the upper 3 in this list.

6. Dr. Brown’s Breast Pump Carryall Tote

Our #6 spot belongs Dr. Brown’s, our cheap breast pump bag entry. It was designed to be an inexpensive option for moms who use the compact electrical breast pumps. It makes sense that a bag should be reasonably priced.

Realize that this is a “no frills” breast pump bag. But if you want something to get you by, this will get the job done.

Now let’s see what pros and cons this cheap bag has.

Pros

  • Great price
  • Polyester easy to clean
  • Room for smaller electric pumps and cooler bags

Cons

  • Side “pockets” actually flaps into main compartment
  • No separate compartments
  • No thermal pockets
  • Too large for design

To Buy Or Not To Buy

The fact is, the size of the bag doesn’t match the design, unless you pack it full. With no thermal pockets, your only hope for keeping milk cool is that you have room for cooler bags.

Speaking of compartments, the description announced that the bag “Has small pockets, including zipper pockets to organize everything you’ll need for a day away from home”

The only thing that resembled pockets were a couple flaps that opened to the main compartment.

But if none of that bothers you, then the price should justify the purchase.

7. Nurse Purse Breast Pump Bag – Fern

The Nurse Purse Breast Pump Bag is our #7 of the top ten. It was presumably designed as a bag that could hold most breast pumps, and that there was enough room for a laptop.

What we liked about it is the removable insert. When you’re not toting your breast pump, you can take out the insert and use it for other purposes like an overnight bag or a diaper bag.

The side pockets allow you to bring water bottles, and the bag has no excess weight to it.

How about a look at the pros and cons?

Pros

  • Somewhat stylish
  • Removable insert for more versatile use
  • Room for a laptop

Cons

  • Fairly pricey
  • Straps uncomfortable
  • Quality issues

To Buy Or Not To Buy

The pros on this unit might be somewhat enticing, even though they’re not huge. In testing, the straps were a bit uncomfortable.

That being said, the price was a bit too high. For the asking price, it really should have more features, like dedicated pockets. Some subjects reported after putting the pump and all its accessories in it, you couldn’t put anything else in it.

But, if you decide its deficiencies are not that important to you, and you think you can put it to good use, and finally, you’re okay with the price, go for it.

8. Kaylaa Premium Breast Pump Bag

The Kaylaa is our #8 pick. This is not a breast pump bag only. It is designed and marketed to be a bag that has room enough, not only for your pump and pumping accessories; it allegedly has room for everything you’d bring in your purse too, including a laptop.

There were a few pluses to the Kaylaa. It was a big bag, and it appears to have the room that the manufacturer promised, including the compartments separating the pump from the bottles. And the pockets for the bottles are insulated, as you’d expect.

Well, before we render a verdict, let’s take a look at the pros and cons.

Pros

  • Large size
  • Separate compartments
  • Simple cleaning

Cons

  • Higher price
  • Quality issues

To Buy Or Not To Buy

The size of the bag was big enough for everything you can imagine, including the laptop. So you’d expect that the bag should be tough enough to carry them, especially over time.

Unfortunately, after a short time, it failed. The handles broke. Stitching came loose. Very much a quality issue here.

And the worst part is that it costed more than our #7. Nothing special here. If you just want a very big bag with pockets and you want to spend a lot of money, it’s your call.

9. J.L. Childress Breast Pump Bag

At #9 is the J.L. Childress Breast Pump Bag. Basically, it was designed by moms, and for moms. We loved the generous package of items included with the bag.

The package includes the carry bag itself, a cooler, a wet bag, an accessories pouch, a dry cloth and what the manufacturers call a “motivational C.O.D.E.” book, which seems to add a nice touch for the mom.

These ladies’ mission is to pick up where many bags leave off. So the question is, did it.

Here are the pros and cons.

Pros

  • Lots of items for the money
  • Ample pockets
  • Cooler bag holds 6-8 bottles

Cons

  • Smaller than most bags
  • A little spendy
  • Possible quality control issues

To Buy Or Not To Buy

Being that this bag is smaller than most other bags, you probably can’t count on fitting your laptop in it. But if you don’t need the room that usually comes with a bigger bag, maybe it will work for you.

This could account for the higher price, but there’s still other things to think about, like quality issues. Flimsy handles and cheap construction took away some of the value. We don’t think this one will last a very long time.

It appears that another bag may come along to pick up where this one left off.

10. Sarah Wells “Lizzy” Breast Pump Bag

Very interesting. Sarah Wells has four out of ten pumps in our review, but one of them happens to be our loser at #10 – the “Lizzy.” Like one of our entries, it’s designed to be compatible with “all (and some hospital grade) breast pumps” (from their description), and for the working mom who just can’t be at home to nurse her baby.

We liked the insulated thermal compartment, which allows you to keep pumped milk cold in the bag for up to six hours with the use of an ice pack. When you aren’t using it for pumping, it can serve as a multi-purpose bag.

So what brought the “Lizzy” to our loser spot? Let’s check out the pros and cons.

Pros

  • Cooler compartment
  • Lightweight
  • Can serve as multi-purpose bag

Cons

  • Higher price
  • Straps uncomfortable

To Buy Or Not To Buy

The pros were nice. The cooler compartment worked fine, the bag was pretty lightweight and the multi-purpose function was handy.

But the pros just weren’t enough to nudge this breast pump bag up any further on our list. This bag did nudge itself into the category as one of the three most expensive bags we reviewed.

That said, and nothing else, this is why the Lizzy is our loser.

“Criteria used to evaluate the best xxx – 500; 45w ea.

Do I Need A Breast Pump Bag?

If you’re pumping on the go, then you might want to consider buying one. Breast pumps often come with accessories, and bringing them with you to keep pumping would be difficult without a bag of some sort. Most who buy one don’t regret it.

Things To Consider When Selecting A Breast Pump Bag

  1. Easy to use:If you can only get your pump into the bag with a shoehorn, move on.
  2. Durable:Your bag should be strong enough to handle long-term use.
  3. Lightweight:Your bag should not be heavy when empty.

This list will get you started.

The Different Types of Breast Pump Bags

Breast pump bags are not officially categorized, but we’ll try.

There are bags that will allow you to fit certain models of pumps, all the way up to larger hospital grade models.

Other bags are smaller, designed for more compact electric models, particularly the cordless ones.

When Should I Use A Breast Pump Bag?

It’s funny how manufacturers often include accessories, but they don’t include a bag to carry them. But you know that their “kit” can contain quite a few pieces. So if you need any amount of pieces that comes with the pump, and you pump milk outside the home, consider getting one.

Should I Buy a Pump Bag New or Used?

There may be some minor concerns about sanitation, but usually moms don’t mind buying brand new at all.

In some cases, if a friend no longer needs their pump bag and offers it to you, there may be nothing wrong with accepting it.

Why You Should Pay Attention to Your Breast Pump

The things to pay attention to are the overall condition of the bag. Check the seams to see if stitching is coming out, or if the handles are still holding up. If there are shoulder or cross straps check to see how they’re wearing. If it’s soiled, wipe it clean.

How Do I Use a Pump Bag?

First, make sure it’s the right size to accommodate your machine. You don’t want to be stuffing your machine in the bag. This will put unnecessary strain on the fabric or material and could develop tears and holes in it.

How Do I Clean a Pump Bag?

In most cases, cleaning a breast pump bag is going to be quite simple, depending on the fabric. All you will need usually is a damp cloth and a quick wipe. It won’t hurt a bit to check the manufacturer’s guide to see if there are special cleaning instructions.

What Breast Pump Accessories Will I Need?

This is a personal judgment call. Go through your kit, see what each item does, and decide if you need it. If you don’t need it, you won’t have to put it in the bag.

But if you’re looking for something special, you’ll have to buy it.

Other Breast Pump Bag Tips & Hacks

Most bags are big enough to fit a pump, all the accessories, and in some cases personal items. When you’re not using the bag for pump, use it as a diaper bag, or plain old carry bag.

You might at times be able to eliminate the need for your purse!

Other People’s Opinions

Here are some comments about our winner:

Consumer #1: “Do yourself a favor. Buy this bag.”

Consumer #2: “So  happy with my purchase.”

Consumer #3: “Great pump bag!”

Consumer #4: “Huge bag, fits Spectra S1, great for trips!”

Our Top Pick Is…

We had four different Sarah Wells pump bags in our review, and their “Abby” was our top pick! It had everything most moms would need at a very affordable price. Congratulations to the folks at Sarah Wells!

As usual, we encounter our share of surprises. Some models offered more for less, whiletop pick for pump bags others offered less for more. And one person’s experience with a product can be vastly different from another. You can see rave reviews by many, while a good number of others have a nightmare trying to resolve their issues with the same product.

A lot of hard work went into this review, and we sincerely hope we were a big help to you. It’s an honor to help consumers with the research required to make a wise, informed decision on their purchases.

But it’s all in a day’s work. We hope you have a good experience and wish you well in choosing your breast pump bag!

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