Pumping in the military means having to lug a breast pump around due to separation during the workday or for deployment. Sarah Wells Breast Pump Bags, a company founded by Sarah Wells (mom, wife and entrepreneur) in 2011, wants to make pumping a little easier for breastfeeding and pumping moms with their stylish and uniform compliant breast pump bags.
Sarah is 30-something mama living in the Washington-DC area with her two girls, Maddy (5) and Abby (1), and husband, Greg. Before starting her business, she led several national nonprofits working on women’s health and consumer advocacy issues. She also traveled the world over speaking to policymakers about improving the quality of health care for Americans. Sarah became an entrepreneur due to her personal breastfeeding journey.
The idea for a stylish and functional breast pump bag came after the birth of her first daughter, Maddy. Sarah was an exclusively-pumping mom, who quickly found that carrying a breast pump (in the ugly manufacturer’s bag) plus her purse, lunch cooler, computer bag; not to mention pump accessories, keys, and cell phone brought about new and unexpected challenges. Tired of feeling like a pack mule walking down the streets of Washington, DC, and not able to find an ‘all-in-one’ bag that could separately store her breast pump and other items but not scream “I’M PUMPIMG”, she created her own breast pump bag. And with that her business was started!
Sarah Wells Bags has many different styles of breast pump bags, but one in particular, the Special Edition Kelly, was created specifically for military mothers.
- With function and style, the Sarah Wells “Kelly” breast pump bag does it all! With easily-concealed backpack and shoulder straps, this pump bag is designed for ultimate on-the-go pumping convenience and is 100% USA MILITARY UNIFORM COMPLIANT.
- The “Kelly” bag converts from a functional, sporty backpack to a chic shoulder bag with ease and is the only designer breast pump bag with a dedicated pump pocket large enough for various breast pumps, such as the Medela Symphony or the Spectra S1 or S2.
- Carefully designed in consultation with a focus group of Activity Duty military mamas, the all-black “Kelly” features a uniform-compliant exterior with modern pink lining.
**BFinCB received a Kelly bag for review.** We find that this breast pump bag is very well-designed. While it looks small on the outside it is very roomy on the inside and holds any number of breast pumps including the Spectra S1/S2, Hygeia Enjoye, Medela PIS, Ameda Purely Yours, and Ardo Calypso with ease. There is plenty of room for all the necessary accessories (bottles, adaptors, tubing, cold packs, etc) and the ability to have the pump in its own separate area is a plus. With multiple inner and outer pockets (2 zippered and 2 velcro and 1 open) there is more than enough room for a lunch, various personal items including an iPad or 15″ MacBook Pro, and everything is separate from the pump and your precious bags or bottles of milk! There is even a pocket for a water bottle (it will accommodate the 32 ounce BFinCB water bottle 😁). You will still need a separate gym bag for PT however. The Kelly is comfortable to wear, and the straps and clasps are reinforced and made with quality hardware, and it easy to convert into the backpack. The bag is all business on the outside with a beautiful pink and white stars interior. It is understated but has a nice feminine yet military/patriotic flair to it. We only wish this bag had been available when we were on active duty and pumping!
Mama satisfaction is my #1 PRIORITY!!! Please feel free to reach out to me anytime with your questions, comments, concerns, ideas, stories, and more. I’m here to support your breastfeeding goals. This Special Edition “Kelly” convertible breast pump bag is my way of saying “thanks” to the incredible military mamas out there!
Sarah Wells Bags and Breastfeeding in Combat Boots have teamed up together to provide military breastfeeding mothers with the support they need to be successful at breastfeeding while serving in the military. Enter the giveaway by August 30 and 1 lucky winner will receive a Kelly “Military” Breast Pump bag filled with a BFinCB Coin, Water Bottle (pink or clear), T-shirt (tan, green, navy or pink), and a copy of the book “Breastfeeding in Combat Boots: A Survival Guide to Successful Breastfeeding While Serving in the Military” worth over $200. Winner will be announced September 1. Use code BFinCB15 for 15% off your order at the Sarah Wells Bags website until November 15th 2017. You can find Sarah Wells Bags on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
In addition, we are pleased to announce that Sarah Wells Bags is sponsoring BFinCB for the months of August to further Advocate, Inform, and Support all military mothers who are Giving the Breast for Baby and Country.
Are you interested in a Sarah Wells Breast Pump Bag? Is this something you would use in uniform? Do you think a bag like this would be useful for pumping in the military? Leave a comment below.