Pumps and Clothing

Dr John
By Dr John Latest Reply 2012-10-13 18:41:54 -0500
Started 2012-10-07 10:27:11 -0500

I'm new to pumping.

I know that most women wear their pump from their bras. But, how do men wear pumps and with what kind of clothing?

Currently, I'm wearing my pump on my belt with a scrub top over it. I'm a doc so it is perfectly acceptable to wear scrub tops while seeing patients, which I rarely do these days as I'm mostly doing research. The scrub top is short-sleeved, which works in the summer. But, what about the New York winter that is approaching?

I'm a stickler for proper dressing. So, I won't wear a shirt outside unless the bottom is square and meant to be worn on the outside. I had a long-sleeved dress shirt cut to make it a square bottom. But, I'm not so sure, it looks good. I also need to have a shirt with a pocket.

Comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


13 replies

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-10-10 00:18:15 -0500 Report

Hi, There are all kinds of straps out there for leg, arm, thigh, waist, bra. Also you could use an ace bandage or wear a fanny pack as there are all kinds of cool ones now and in different sizes.

IronOre 2012-10-13 02:34:11 -0500 Report

It's too bad that fanny packs went a bit out of style . . . I used to like those things.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-10-13 18:41:54 -0500 Report

well, actually they are still used and in the front or side. You can get them in smaller pouch sizes. There are alot of runners/walkers/bikers where I live and they are used regularly. You can always wear it under your shirt and to the side and people will just think it's a cell phone holder. There are some really cool ones now:)

IronOre 2012-10-09 12:11:44 -0500 Report

What is keeping you from wearing a bra too ?
Try one of those A-cuppers ~ it may suit your need.

Type1Lou 2012-10-09 07:53:53 -0500 Report

I usually just slip my pump into a side pocket in my pants or skirt. If I don't have pockets, I will use the clip/holster that came with the pump and clip it onto my waist. If it's a pocketless dress (which should not be an issue with you), I have tucked it into my bra but that is my least favored solution. Do you wear an undershirt? If you get one with pockets, you could slip the pump into the pocket…maybe even wear the undershirt inside out so the pocket is against your body and the tubing wouldn't have so far to go. The pocketed undershirt is also a viable place for the pump while you sleep.

type1's mom
type1's mom 2012-10-09 07:21:14 -0500 Report

My son has to wear Polo shirts tucked into slacks for school and he has no trouble clipping the pump onto his belt or in his pocket. Just make sure most of the tubing is also "tucked" in. I've also heard of people tucking the pump into the top of their sock but we haven't tried that yet since he doesn't mind it on his belt. But if you are concerned with "hiding" the pump U might consider this.

erinray 2012-10-08 08:08:07 -0500 Report

I wear my pump actually on the back of my pants flush to my Lower back with a belly band on top to secure it in place and every Endo I've seen never had a problem with it being directly on my body. Im not fortunate enough to wear it on my bra without it looking absolutely horrid lol

zalika 2012-10-08 00:55:41 -0500 Report

I wear mine in my bra strap on the side. I have never had any problems with the insulin temp. I also go to a pump support meeting & we talked about it there & no body has ever had a problem with body heat. Mostly everyone wears it in their pocket or bra.

Harlen 2012-10-07 20:06:26 -0500 Report

I put it in my pocket lol lol lol
Do have a clip for the belt or pants
The insulin fosent seem to brack down faster then I use it
Best wishes

Dr John
Dr John 2012-10-07 15:27:26 -0500 Report

I don't think it is good idea to wear a pump close to the body because the body is 98.6 degrees F and insulin degrades at 86 degrees F.

kdroberts 2012-10-08 18:30:24 -0500 Report

I'm not really sure that's sound logic. The outside if the skin is rarely that hot and the insulin is protected by several layers of different material. Anyway, I always clip mine to my belt regardless of what I wear. If I have no belt, I'll clip it to my pocket or waistband.

jayabee52 2012-10-07 16:10:57 -0500 Report

Perhaps you're right.

So then that would contraindicate the practice of ladies wearing in in their bras wouldn't it? And that would make the tubeless omnipods useless, would it not?

However then the pump could be placed in a cloth bag and pinned to the outside of the elastic belt of the backbelt during the colder months and use what you've been using during the months it is not quite so cold

jayabee52 2012-10-07 15:23:38 -0500 Report

I do not need a pump yet, but if I did I think I'd buy one of those stretchy "back brace" belts I had to wear as a CNA and use it to hold it close to my body.