Hi, I'm Alex

I started Milkdrop after struggling with pumping for my daughter.

I’ve put together some tips for using Milkdrop pumps and cushions if you have elastic nipples.

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Elastic nipples

Do I have elastic nipples?

If your nipple tissue extends or swells to the end of the pump tunnel and to the sides, you might have elastic nipples.

How can I get a comfier pump?

Milkdrop pumps come sized specifically to help you if you have elastic nipples. Everybody is different, but we find that the most comfortable combination for people with elastic nipples is to use the cushions with the smallest comfortable flange size or insert.

The come included already with Milkdrop pumps, but if you're using a different pump, you can use Milkdrop cushions with sizing inserts.

The cushion is 10x softer than your flange, and still allows your nipple and areola to move. A sizing insert provides a softer, smaller space that prevents your nipple being sucked as far into the flange.

You can buy sizing inserts online, just search for "breast pump sizing insert". Make sure you choose one that is compatible with your pump and flange. 

Which size should I get?

To size your pump, cushion and/or insert, measure across the base of your nipple pre-pumping in millimetres (mm). Choose the Milkdrop pump or cushion that matches your nipple size.

You can also read our blog post on measuring your nipples for more details (and diagrams!)

Which size insert should I get?

If you need an insert, then measure your nipples in the same way, and ideally choose an insert that is close to the size of your Milkdrop cushion.

If you order a Milkdrop pump, this will already be done for you - because our sizes match your nipple (rather than just offering one size).

How do I use the insert and the cushion together?

Place the insert into your flange, and your cushion over the top. Align the hole in the Milkdrop cushion with the insert so you can see through the cushion into the tunnel, and pump as you normally would.

What if I've already purchased a smaller flange?

You can use the cushion on a smaller sized flange too, and this may be a more comfortable option for you if you don't like (or can't access) silicone sizing inserts. 

I'm having trouble, pain or discomfort, help?

Stop using the cushions and contact us at support@milkdroppumps.com. We'll help you troubleshoot!

Pumping can be comfy

Remember, pumping can get complicated and we're here to help. Reach out to us at support@milkdroppumps.com or DM us on @milkdrop_pumps

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