How to use a breast pump

Breastfeeding is an essential aspect of a baby's development. For mothers who cannot manage regular feeding sessions, a breast pump proves to be a good solution. It is a boon for working mothers and allows homemakers a chance to free up time for carrying out their household chores.

New mothers use breast pumps for a number of reasons. A pump can be used for convenience, stimulating milk supply, or due to medical reasons. In a refrigerated state, the suctioned breast milk can be stored for up to 5 days. 

Using the pump for the first time may be confusing. Given below is a step-by-step guide that will help you use the pump efficiently:

  • Step 1 - Nourish your body and mentally:

Find a comfortable place, preferably the same one where you breastfeed your baby. Wash your hands before beginning the session. Stay calm and relaxed. Practice deep breathing if required. Have a good snack before and during the pumping session. Stay hydrated and think about your baby. Click here for the post pregnancy diet plan to keep you and your baby healthy.

  • Step 2 - Get yourself comfortable:

Sit in your comfortable breastfeeding position with your shoulders relaxed. Massage your breasts before beginning.

  • Step 3 - Assemble the breast pump kit:

Read the instructions on the user manual and assemble the kit.

  • Step 4 - Place the breast phalange:

Pick the breast phalange from the kit. Ensure it is the right size. Place the phalange correctly at the centre of your nipple and press it lightly against your breast. Maintain a distance between your nipple and the wall of the phalange. Adjust it carefully so that you do not pinch yourself.

  • Step 5 - Start the pump:

Lean a bit forward and start the pump. Set the speed to the highest limit and suction to a low level.

  • Step 6 - Continue pumping at your comfort:

Once you see milk dripping, decrease the speed to medium level and increase the suction to a comfortable level. Continue to pump the breasts for 10 to 15 minutes. If you are pumping both the breasts, switch between them every 5 minutes.

  • Step 7 – If the milk flow decreases repeat step 4 & 5 till you’re done:

When the milk flow decreases, increase the speed once again. Set it back to medium level when the flow improves. Keep following this fast and slow pattern till you're done.

  • Step 8 – Wash your hands and clean the pump kit:

Wash your hands after the session. Remember to clean all the parts of the pump kit thoroughly.

Getting used to a breast pump takes time. It may feel a bit odd in the beginning, but the process becomes quick and simple with practice.

A good pump does not cause pain if used the correct way. Hence, it is important to learn the usage process before attempting it. To stay updated with the dos and don'ts for each stage of pregnancy and post-pregnancy browse through the expert tips from Pampers India. The brand ensures a happy and healthy journey for both you and your baby.

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