This is a touchy subject. No, it's not 100% safe. If you get into an accident, I imagine that it wouldn't be pretty. I'm willing to take that risk though, to make sure that I'm able to keep up with my baby's milk consumption. I have a hands-free pumping bra, which makes pumping in the car a breeze. Both of my hands are available for driving, and there's really no distraction. Here is a picture of the hands-free bra that I use (no, that's not me in the photo):
|Simple Wishes Hands Free Breast Pump Bra, image from www.amazon.com|
I use a double electric breast pump, which makes things easy. A manual pump would be much more challenging while driving. I also use rechargeable batteries in the battery pack (I recharge them every weekend) so that I don't go through a million batteries. Here is very well priced pump:
That's basically it! You'll want to have something to wipe yourself and the shields with, but you shouldn't need anything else. If you make the decision to do this, let me know how it goes! I'm curious to see how others do with it.
Now, for a silly picture of me. Pumping while driving (in traffic, no less):