Helpful Tips for Wearing an Insulin Pump

Posted by ids on Wed, 01/14/2015 - 08:43 in

- Jennifer Smith, RD, LD, CDE

You’ve decided an insulin pump is the best option for precision in your diabetes management. The next big question that virtually every person with diabetes considers once you’ve decided to start pumping is, “How do I wear this thing?” This is of course specific to each and every person with diabetes.

Regardless of the brand of pump you’ve decided to use – one with tubing or a tubeless design – you still need to find that “sweet spot” for wearing it comfortably and possibly discreetly, depending on how comfortable you are showing the pump or wanting to conceal it for safety or personal reasons.

The following is a list of tips on how to wear, where to wear and what to do with a pump once you’ve got it on your body!

Tubeless Pump

A tubeless pump offers more options to wear it than one with tubing. Because there are two wireless parts and no tubing attached, you can easily wear it many places on your body like:

  • Abdomen
  • Lower back
  • Back of arms
  • Thigh

Tubeless pumps give you the option to be discreet with your insulin delivery and can be camouflaged by clothing (or worn in the open – whichever you prefer).

Pumps with Tubing

You may have to get a bit more creative with insulin pumps with tubing. Here are some common items people use to wear them:

  • Place pump in one padded bra cup
  • Place pump clipped to the front of bra (Use a baby sock to place pump inside of in a bra to protect from moisture)
  • Wear spandex under a dress to clip or secure pump
  • Wear a garter around lower calf or upper thigh
  • Belt products
  • Pump bands
  • Cushioned sport packs to protect pump from falls or bumps

Tips for Discreet Bolusing

Some pumps on the market today offer the option of remote bolusing, which means you can have your pump discreetly hidden. The controller allows you to test blood glucose, enter carbs and bolus for food and/or correction right from the handheld device. If it’s of interest to keep your pump out of sight at all times, then you may want to look into using one of these pumps. The OmniPod, for example, has just two parts: the small Pod you wear and the Personal Diabetes Manager which controls the Pod.

Pump Design

Many people proudly and happily display their pump. If this is the case, you may want to be able to match your pump to your daily wardrobe, have it in your favorite color or decorate it for different seasons or holidays.

There are A LOT of different options when it comes to design:

  • Gel skins or carrying cases allow options for different colors or various designs (favorite sports team, stripes, polka dots, etc.).
  • Pump skins or stickers allow you to decorate the face of the pump with a design of choice and change it as frequently as you like.*

You know yourself the best – choose an option that suites YOUR lifestyle and wear or design your pump to meet your needs.

Want to feel what it’s like to wear the tubeless Omnipod? Click here to order a free Demo.

*Note: Insulet Corporation does not endorse or sell these products.

Jennifer Smith, RD, LD, CDE, Director of Lifestyle and Nutrition Integrated Diabetes Services LLC

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Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Biology from the University of Wisconsin. She is a Registered (and Licensed) Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Certified Trainer on most makes/models of insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring systems. She is an active member of the American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators and Team WILD (We Inspire Life with Diabetes). She is also a contributing author for the Diabetes Sisters website. Jennifer has also lived with type 1 diabetes since she was a child.  She has first-hand knowledge of the day-to-day events that affect diabetes management. As a talented dietitian, diabetes educator, athlete and person with diabetes, Jennifer is in a unique position to assist Integrated Diabetes Services’ intensively managed clients.