Some mothers find that using a breast pump is simple, straightforward and productive. Others struggle to produce any milk and find pumping quite frustrating. Often, pumping success depends on the quality of the breast pump being used. Fortunately, Medela brand pumps are consistently dependable and relatively comfortable.
Things You'll Need
- Medela Breast Pump
- Hot pads (optional)
- Milk freezer bags (optional)
Using the Pump
Sanitize all parts of the pump before use by soaking all plastic parts in boiling water for ten minutes.
Attach the breastshield to the main body of the pump. In most Medela models, the breastshield simply twists into the pump. Use tubing to connect breastshield and pump.
Twist top of bottle into the bottom of the breastshield. This is where the milk will accumulate as you pump, so be sure it is securely attached.
Find a quiet place with no distractions. Massage the breasts or apply hot packs before beginning to pump.
Put the round part of the breastshield around the breast. Be sure that the nipple is in the center. Apply steady, light pressure.
Press the on/off button on the controller. During the first two minutes, you should adjust to the most comfortable setting. After milk let down, choose the "Maximum Comfort Vacuum" setting, which manually imitates the baby's sucking.
Stop pumping after about ten to fifteen minutes per breast. Turn off the power before removing the pump from the breast.
Store your milk in the refrigerator for 3 to 8 hours, or in the freezer for 6 to 12 months. Milk left at room temperature will spoil after two hours.