How to use a Pump:
Identify the type of pump you need based on your particular situation, such as: going back to work, hospitalized baby, occasional bottle feeding, etc. These are the general guidelines on how to use a pump:
Read the instructions that come with your pump and keep the customer service number handy. This is very important in case of improper function of the pump. Fill out the warranty information either online or by mailing in the warranty card.
Unless the milk collection kit was bought in a sterile package, all the pieces that come in contact with breastmilk need to be sterilized either by boiling them for 10 minutes or by washing them in the dishwasher before the first use.
Wash your hands before pumping and assemble the pump’s kit parts following the directions from the instruction booklet. Tip: If you buy your pump from a hospital lactation station or an IBCLC in private practice, they will walk you through the process of putting the pieces together and give you pumping tips.
Relax, block out the stress of the day and take a deep breath. To elicit the milk ejection reflex(let down), it is beneficial to massage the breasts before pumping.
– Center your nipples in the flanges. While pumping, your nipple tends to swell and elongate. If you’re pumping with a flange that is too tight, it will cause pain and nipple trauma in some cases. The wrong flange size could also compromise your supply as less milk is removed from the breasts. The standard size for the flanges is 24mm. If that is too tight, you can obtain bigger flanges at any breastfeeding and/or baby stores.
Start pumping on the lowest suction setting your pump allows and gradually increase the suction as needed to maintain the milk flowing.
If your milk stops flowing, stop pumping, put down the containers where the milk is being collected and massage your breasts for a few minutes, then resume pumping for a few more minutes. This will help to drain the breast better and will increase milk output.
When you’re finished with the pumping session, tightly seal the milk storage container and refrigerate it or freeze it, depending on when you’re planning to use that pumped milk.
– Wash the pieces that come in contact with the milk, excluding the pumping tubing, in hot soapy water and let them air dry, or use a clean paper towel if there is no time for airdrying. The pieces can also be put in the dishwasher to be cleaned. You should only wash the tubing when the milk backs into it.