Making on-the-go pumping more comfy! Your Milkdrop breast pump will allow you to express milk to feed your baby without the pain and discomfort.
Before you use it
Plug me in and charge me up, using only the charger that comes in this kit.
Wash all the plastic and silicone parts (nothing with electronics in it) in hot, soapy water. Then put all the parts that will come into contact with your breasts and milk into boiling water for about 5 minutes.
Check page 3 of your instruction manual for how the bits fit together, including some nifty diagrams. You'll need to:
Insert the backflow protection valve into the milk collector and press firmly to seal.
Insert the diaphragm into the slot at the top.
Pop the silicone shield onto the milk collector (or your Milkdrop cushion if you're using one!)
Press the pump motor down on the top of the diaphragm and milk spout.
Now you're ready to go!
Before you get started, it can help to know that everyone is different, especially when it comes to pumping. We’ll give you a place to start, but if you’re just not feeling it, that’s okay too! You might be someone who gets a letdown in 3 seconds, or it might take 3 minutes (or longer), and if in doubt, reach out to your lactation professional or your doctor.
Wash your hands
Align your nipple in the centre of the silicone shield and press the silicone shield firmly against your breast with no gaps.
Press the power button, choose your mode, and away you go!
When you're done, carefully remove the pump from your breast and keep it upright so you don't spill any milk.
Here are some things you can do to make your next pump more comfy:
Some studies have found that warmth can help with letdown and milk flow. Try warming your breast before pumping with a heat pack to encourage milk flow, or try warming your Milkdrop cushion to 39C (102F).
Massage can also increase milk flow. You can try a lactation massager, making sure to to use the low setting and just vibrate the surface (no deep tissue massage) to avoid injury.
Try a Milkdrop breast pump cushion. They’re made from ultra-soft silicone, 10x softer than the plastic breast shield and are designed to mimic a baby’s suck which can feel more natural.
Looking to build you milk supply? Some studies show higher volumes are collected from “double pumping” both breasts at the same time, rather than one at a time. They also show that pumping for shorter durations (e.g. 10-20 minutes) more frequently (every 2-3 hours) produces more milk overall than longer pump sessions less frequently.
If you’re able to, spending time with your baby suckling on your breast skin-to-skin has many benefits beyond “nutritional feeding”.
Make sure you follow the FDA guidelines on cleaning your pump and pump parts:
Rinse each piece that comes into contact with breast milk in cool water as soon as possible after pumping.
Wash each piece separately using liquid dishwashing soap and plenty of warm water.
Rinse each piece thoroughly with hot water for 10-15 seconds.
Place the pieces neatly on a clean paper towel or in a clean drying rack and allow them to air dry.
Don’t share me. I’m a one-person gal (or guy).
Water and I don’t mix. Don’t use me in the bath.
Keep me away from kids.
If you feel pain, stop! Check with your lactation consultant or healthcare professional.
What the experts say
Breastfeeding and pumping is a very personal thing, and everyone's body is different. Our advice? If you're struggling, have questions or just want to chat to someone, visit your lactation or health professional.
Can I use this pump if I need to build up my milk supply?
If you're looking to build up your milk supply or you're exclusively pumping, you may find that you need to use a traditional pump (but don't worry, we've got you covered there too). While more suction doesn't always equal more milk, traditional pumps usually have more flexibility when it comes to the settings, and you can go a bit higher with the suction. We'd always recommend you speak to your lactation or healthcare professional for more personalised advice.
It's falling off my breast?
When you fit your breast into the pump, make sure you align your nipple in the centre of the silicone shield. You'll need to press the silicone shield firmly against your breast, making sure there are no gaps. Keep your pump upright and avoid moving the pump around on your breast, otherwise you may lose suction, and spill your milk!
Is there any way to make pumping more comfy with the wearable pump?
There sure is! Try these tips:
Get the right size. The pump comes with 4 different sized inserts - 16mm, 18mm, 20mm and 22mm. To size yourself, place your nipple (pre-pumping) in each insert. Choose the insert that fits around your nipple (not your areola), but still has a few
millimeters either side to allow your nipple to move.
Use a Milkdrop Cushion. Use a Milkdrop breast pump cushion to create a very soft
pad for supporting your nipple. The cushion moves with your nipple as you pump to provide more comfort.
Stay Mostly Upright. The ideal position for pumping is sitting in a comfortable
position, leaning forward slightly, using a cushion to support your back. Ensure you keep your pump upright to avoid any leaks or loss of suction.