Expressing: how to do it right!
Regulate the vacuum and cycle:
To pump with the breastpump sit comfortably and relax. Centre the nipple so that when pumping it moves freely in the breast shell/breast shell insert and pump by activating the lever.
Adjusting the suction strength (vacuum):
The further you press the lever, the higher the suction strength.
Adjusting the speed interval (cycle):
The faster you move the lever up and down, the higher the speed interval.
Our recommendation is begin at a high speed interval and a low suction strength in order to stimulate the milk ejection reflex. Once the milk is flowing reduce the speed interval and increase the suction strength.
Encouraging the milk ejection reflex
The milk ejection reflex may occur later when pumping than when Breastfeeding. The following measures may be helpful:
- Breast massage before pumping
- Have a warm drink
- Relax and think about your baby
- Gaze at a picture of your baby
- Apply a warmed compress to the breast before expressing (Temperature Pack)
- Warm the cone or funnel of the breast shell before applying
The massage effect of using the breastpump can boost milk production, and promote better milk flow.