Learning how to use your breast pump is an exciting time when prepping for your newborn. The pieces can be a tad confusing as first, but the setup is simple and takes no time at all! There are some helpful tips that will assure mom that everything is ready to start pumping as soon as you both get home from the hospital.

Step 1: Prepare the Parts

When you first get your breast pump, make sure to clean it. Many recommend boiling the bottles, connectors, valves, tubing and breast shields. This sterilizes the parts and makes them ready for use. Some moms like to put all the parts in the dishwasher to ensure they get a good cleaning before use — just make sure all parts you clean this way are dishwasher safe! Next, air dry the parts and store them in a safe area.

Make a checklist so you know you have everything you possibly need. Lanolin, cleaner, a storage area, and bottle supply are factors to consider when prepping for pumping. When purchasing bottles, make sure that all parts that come into contact with breast milk are BPA free. This makes the pump safe for mom and baby.

Using Your Breast Pump

Using the pump is very simple! The pump kits provide step by step instructions for assembling the parts. Connect the tubing to the motor and attach the tubing to the connectors and you're just about done. When you start pumping, pay attention to the different settings you can choose. This will allow for maximum comfort during pumping and ensure mom is getting the best suction value. Some pumps are double electric and will offer the option to be single electric too. This is a great benefit because it helps keeps the amount of milk even in both breasts, or in the case of mastitis, will allow for pumping to continue smoothly. When using the pump very frequently, parts will need to be replaced as they begin to wear down. Make sure to check the valves and tubing for any puncture holes. Any disruptions will cause the suction value to decrease.

Cleaning Open vs. Closed System Pumps

Cleaning the pump is extremely important to make sure nothing contaminates the breast milk. Make sure to clean the pump after every use. Wash the parts in warm soapy water, then let the pieces air dry. Wipe the pump motor off after every use. A helpful hint for an open system breast pump is to let the motor run with the parts still attachments for about two to three minutes after you have completed your session. This will make sure there isn’t any residue of leftover breast milk from the session. If you have a closed system breast pump, this will not be an issue as this type of motor prevents any backflow of breast milk during your pumping sessions!

Still Looking for a Breast Pump?

Breast pump upkeep and operation is fairly simple. Pay attention to the settings and the fit, and with practice you will be a pro in no time! If you are considering breast pumping, we can help you! Through Aeroflow Breastpumps, you can apply to find out if a breast pump is covered through your insurance, for free! This is all in thanks to the Affordable Care Act compliant insurance policies. Please visit the Qualify Through Insurance link to see if you’re qualified for a breast pump covered at 100%. Let Aeroflow start working on your breast pump needs for you!