I get frequent questions about whether my Insulated Feeding Pump Bag Covers are compatible with the popular wooden feeding pump hangers sold on Etsy.
And I’ve been saying no, because I tried it and it didn’t work. Because I was trying to put the whole thing inside the cover. Like an idiot. And I was chatting with a customer one day and she was like “um, it works perfectly, you dunderhead, I use mine together literally 24/7.” She did phrase it much more kindly.
OK, so if you just insulate the BAG and don’t stick the WHOLE THING IN THERE, they work perfectly!!
For a size Medium cover with the 500 mL feeding sets, just load the feeding set into the cover per usual, then snap the hang strap around the hanger, and you’re all set.
For a size Large cover with the 1200 mL feeding sets, you have two options. You CAN do as above for the Medium. But it will tend to pull on your tubing and you risk it getting pinched and dealing with alarms. The bag hangs just a little bit too low.
A better option is to thread the top hang tab of the cover through that round hang hole in the bag, then snap the cover around the neck of the bag and hang the bag from the wooden hanger as you would if it did NOT have an amazingly functional insulated cover over it. Like so:
Using the cover in this way DOES raise the bag inside several inches, so you’ll want to make sure you have a nice, tall ice pack.
A couple of notes for the Large cover:
1. You might find it a challenge to snap BOTH of the top snaps. It’s not a huge deal, because those snaps aren’t really needed to keep the cover on, it’ll still work fine if you can only snap one. If you’re ordering a custom cover and want the snaps spaced wider to make this easier, just let me know when you check out.
2. If you’re ordering a custom cover and you plan to use your cover exclusively with the wooden hanger, you can ask me to make it several inches shorter to get rid of that excess at the bottom. But if I remove that for you, then you will *NOT* be able to use your cover without the wooden holder.
PS, for the record, I contacted the manufacturer of said hanging device to permission to use their name and was declined, with an offer to instead buy my prototype, which I politely declined. So here’s hoping they don’t decide to swipe the whole insulated covers idea and start making those, as well. 🙂