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Getting your breast pump to work the best for you

It is natural to expect the pump to do all the work for you. A pump is never as good at getting every drop as a baby sucking. It does do most of the work for you but depending on many circumstances, some mothers may need to give it an extra hand. This all depends on anatomy, milk let down, how you work basically. Every mother is different.

 

If you find that you are not getting as much volume of milk as you think then try these tips:

  • Use the silicon breast massager ensuring it is tightly sealed around the edge. 
  • Ensure the nipple funnel on the breast shield is not too small for you causing friction. Request a larger shield
  • While pumping apply manual hand expressing motions to the breast to help release milk ducts
  • Ensure you are using the settings right. Refer to your manual. Start at a very low level and slowly make your way up. Most mothers do not need to go to max. If using the Forte do not turn the dial right up to max straight away. If using the Allegro start at 1 and slowly make your way up to level 4-5. It will create a memory for next time. If double pumping start at 4 and work your way up to 7.
  • Try pumping with one shield only. This can sometimes produce more flow for mothers than double pumping.

    Read how to pump more milk using HANDS ON EXPRESSING here

 

For more informtation on increasing your milk supply click here