Hi, I'm Alex
I started Milkdrop after struggling with pumping for my daughter.
I’ve put together some tips for using Milkdrop cushions if you have 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?
Everybody is different, but we find that the most comfortable combination for people with elastic nipples is to 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 cushion should I get?
To size your cushion and insert, measure across the base of your nipple pre-pumping in millimetres (mm). Choose the Milkdrop 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?
Measure your nipples in the same way, and ideally choose an insert that is close to the size of your Milkdrop cushion.
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. We'll help you troubleshoot!
Pumping can be comfy
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Expressing used to be such a chore. It was uncomfortable, time-consuming, and demoralising as I had low supply. After discovering Milkdrop cushions, I felt much more relaxed on the couch, never spilled anything from the flanges, and more milk came out faster too. Definitely recommend.
Milkdrop cushions have significantly reduced the discomfort (and dread) of pumping for me. I use them with the medela symphony and the freestyle and no longer dread pumping sessions. I did end up getting two sets - S and XS since there are some days when my nipples are a bit swollen and I need the smalls (still working out latching issues with my NB!). On top of having an amazing product, the customer service is excellent - they’re so helpful, attentive and detailed in their responses. I can’t wait to see what else they create!
As a new mum with an 8-week-old baby who won’t latch, I’m currently pumping 8 times a day trying to build give her as much breastmilk as I can with a low supply. I’ve tried all different types of flanges and settings and different pumps trying to get comfy but nothing has made as much difference as the Milkdrop cushions. They are now an essential part of my set up, and I love how easy they are to clean. The tin they came in is also super cute and perfect for keeping them protected when I have to pump out and about.
My only minor criticism is that is that I found that while they fit on the Medela PersonalFit flanges, I found they would fill with milk because of the curve and I found them less comfortable then - but using a standard flat flange (currently using a Maymom one) works perfectly.
Love the milk drop pump cover! It’s so soft and comfy and definitely a HUGE improvement on the flange that comes with the pump. No negative impact on the flow or anything to worry about. You won’t regret adding one of these to your kit!
I absolutely love my Milkdrop.
No more pain and I get the same amount of milk each time I pump.
The cushions are so soft and the packaging is so stylish.
The supportive team at Milkdrop helped me so much and a big shout out to Alex who is an absolute legend. I had some issues with the original (thicker) cushions and Alex called me to help troubleshoot. After much discussion she organised my refund and return postage paid packaging without delay or guilt. She kept in touch when the thinner cushions were available and they have worked for me. This kind of genuine customer service is rare. Thank you Alex.
I love that this company is based in Australia.
Postage was super fast.
Keep up the good work Alex and to all the team at Milkdrop.
Since starting to use the thin milkdrop with my Spectra pump, the nipple pain I was experiencing during pumping resolved and I am getting great milk volumes during most pumping sessions. I would definitely recommend to all women who pump milk.
Thanks for making these beautiful cushions, I've been expressing eight times a day since day one for my baby, being such a novice the flanges I had were the wrong size and did so much damage. Ouchy! These cushions have been heaven sent and have turned pumping into a much nicer more comfortable experience. Saved my nips! And my breastfeeding journey. So thankful!
I bought this product for a friend of mine. It is so beautifully packaged it was the perfect gift. Also the team at milk drop went over and above to ensure she could use it correctly and make sure the model was correct for her breasts and her model of breast pump.
The Milkdrop cushion is a super soft, silicone attachment that you put over the pump funnel. You then place it on your breast and get going! Very easy. I used to get pain and discomfort when pumping, but with Milkdrop it is completely different, so much more comfortable. I got just as much milk pumping with it, if not more because I could keep pumping longer as it was no longer painful. I will never pump without it now. I highly recommend this to anyone pumping, even just occasionally.
I've only just received this item and used it once (I was so excited to try it). Wow. Just amazing. I've never had a really bad experience pumping, but knowing that I've got at least 18 months of pumping milk while at work ahead of me I decided anything offering to make it more comfortable was worth a try. So worth it. I'm using mine with a medela harmony small shield. It has completely removed the dragging of the nipple through the shield and I could not be happier with this purchase. Great travel case as well.
Excellent invention! I found that for me this clever cushion eliminated those uncomfortable twinges at the start of pumping.
Milkdrop made pumping so much more comfortable, so comfortable in fact that I thought I didn't have it on properly! But I did, it was just such an improvement I couldn't believe it at first. With Milkdrop I managed to pump for several months after returning to work, which I don't think I would have managed otherwise.
This is my first baby, so I didn’t know of any alternative but when I look at the material my pump has for suction around the nipple I am genuinely scared to try without my milkdrop! The pump has hard plastic around the nipple area, the milkdrop is such comfortable soft gel-like cushion, I shall imagine the amount of trauma and discomfort this spares me. I utterly love it! Thank you milkdrop!!
I bought the cushions before my daughter was born, and I was so glad I did! Initially, I was only pumping once a day and thought the cushions were great then - but now I am having to pump after every feed, I can’t imagine doing it without them. Being a first time mum and pumping 5+ times a day, it can be really draining physically and mentally, but I am so glad I don’t have the added mental distress of a negative experience with pumping that I’ve heard a lot of other women share, and I put that down to the cushions.
These days, the only thing I don’t like about pumping is the time requirement, otherwise, the Milkdrop cushions allow me to sit back and just be amazed at what my body does without any pain or discomfort.
I highly recommend investing in these cushions *before* baby comes, so when you are navigating the intense post-partum world, painful pumping is not something you ever have to deal with.
I just tried your pump attachment and it has been the first time in 6 months that it hasn’t been painful or uncomfortable for me to express. I feel so much more respected having that lovely silicone close to my breast instead of that cold hard funnel.
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