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Mya Joy Comparison Review

Ameda Mya Joy vs. Medela Comparison Review by Christy

Christy is a mother of five, and until recently, she had only used a Medela breast pump so, we asked her to give the Ameda Mya Joy a try. This was her experience:

Initial impressions?

Aesthetics:

I enjoy the simple aesthetics of the Mya Joy and like the look, but I was concerned that it would not get powerful enough. With my Medela I felt that it often did not work well enough, and if I could make it more powerful maybe I could trigger more production. However, when my Medela was on high power levels I experienced more discomfort due to that power.

Power:

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that despite the Mya Joy’s fewer power levels, (and how I assumed that meant less power), I found this pump to be effective at achieving letdown without any discomfort. I think that this is due to the design of the pump; the flange worked great for me! It didn’t require any fiddling or moving around to get the position just right, (unlike my Medela, despite trying 2 types/sizes of flanges).

Connection:

I like how the Mya Joy breast pump connects. It works well and simply without all the extra pieces to have to fit together, and it is easy to clean. My Medela comes apart into more pieces which are easier to lose, and often require readjustment.

Price:

I did a quick Google search and found out that my Medela Freestyle was over $100 more than the Ameda Mya Joy.

Final opinion?

Both pumps look fine, but I like the look of the Ameda better. The Mya Joy was easier to put together, use, and get into the right place. The Ameda Mya Joy is also more comfortable AND easier to clean! With all that and considering the cost difference, I would 100% recommend the Ameda Mya Joy over the Medela Freestyle.

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CleanEase Steam Sanitization Bags

CleanEase: A Simple Way to Sanitize Your Breast Pump Parts  

As a pumping parent, you may be worried about how to effectively sterilize your breast pump parts between uses. Sterilization can be tricky, but it doesn’t need to be.

At Mama Bear Club, we love to use CleanEase Steam Sanitization Bags from Ameda. These reusable bags are great for quick and easy sanitization of your breast pump parts including flanges, flange adaptors, diaphragm, valves, and any other microwave safe, silicone products that you use as part of your breastfeeding or infant feeding regimen. If you use nipple shields or a Flexishield insert, you can also throw those into the bag.

Ameda CleanEase bags are made of food-grade Polypropylene, which is safe for use in a microwave, and each bag can be used up to 20 times.

Watch our quick overview video to learn how to safely use the Ameda CleanEase Sanitization bags or if you prefer to read the information, just keep scrolling to read our overview below.

How To Use Ameda CleanEase Sanitization Bags | Mama Bear Club

How to use Ameda CleanEase bags*:

*Shared from Mother’s Choice Products

1. Clean Your Breast Pump Parts: The first step is to give your pump parts a wash. Make sure to wash off all visible milk so that it doesn’t cook onto your pump parts when steaming.

2. Open your CleanEase bag: These bags open just like a Ziplock bag. Once you pop open the zip, they can easily be pushed open to stand on the table, ready for use.

3. Fill With Water: Add 60mls (2.02 fl oz) of water and then add your pump parts.

4. Add Breast Pump Parts to the CleanEase Bag: Put into the bag your bottle, valve, flange and diaphragm. Thre’s no need to put in your tubing or adapter cap as those do not need to be sanitized. Note: If you happen to be using a Flexishield Silicone flange insert with your pump, you can place that in your steam bag. Nipple shields can also be placed into the steam bag.

5. Zip Up the Bag: When you’ve added your breast pump parts into the bag, simply zip the bag closed. When the bag is closed, you will see a red section on one side. This is the steam vent. Caution: this red zone is the part of the bag here steam escapes, so be careful of this section when removing the bag after steaming.

6. Put in Microwave & Steam Away: When you’re ready to go, simply place your CleanEase bag into the microwave. The time that it will take in the microwave, is dependent on the wattage of your microwave. Generally, it will take between two and five minutes.

7. Carefully Remove CleanEase Bag from Microwave: When your microwave is done, you’ll want to carefully remove from the bag, avoiding the steam vent, and pour the remaining water into your sink. When all the hot water is removed, carefully open your bag. And that’s it! Now you can take your pump parts out and place them on a paper towel or a clean tea towel to dry. Once dry, they are fully sanitized and ready to use again.

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How Pumping Can Help Increase Your Milk Supply

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How Pumping Can Help Increase Your Milk Supply

How To Increase Milk Production with a Breast Pump 

Now that you’ve put in all that hard work of bringing your baby out into the world, your body is gearing up to start nourishing and supporting your child’s growth in a whole new way. Breastfeeding and pumping are important to increase the milk supply that will stimulate your baby’s growth.

Breastfeeding has been scientifically proven as one of nature’s best ways to nourish and protect your growing infant and is recommended by the World Health Organization for at least the first 6 months. Babies who are breastfed for longer periods often have stronger immune systems and are less susceptible to infections. But just because it’s natural, doesn’t mean it’s easy.

What if your breast milk doesn’t come in right away? 

Milk production isn’t the same for everyone. For some, breast milk comes in right away and there is enough (or more than enough) for your baby. For others, building up your milk supply can take time. Especially if your baby was born prematurely, your milk may not come in immediately.  

Don’t panic! It is very possible to stimulate your milk supply and get things going while keeping your baby fed. While there are numerous ways to naturally help increase your milk supply, one of the best ways to quickly increase milk production is to use a breast pump. 

How does a breast pump increase milk supply? 

A good breast pump will mimic the natural suckling rhythm of your baby, naturally stimulating your body to produce milk. Regular and consistent pumping is one of the most natural and effective ways to stimulate milk production and increase your milk supply. When your breasts are full of milk, it’s a cue to your body that it has made enough milk. If you regularly empty your breasts of milk through feeding or pumping, your body will begin to produce more milk to keep up with demand.

5 Tips To Increase Your Milk Supply with a Breast Pump: 

1. Cluster Pump and Feed:

Combining cluster pumping (also known as power pumping) and nursing is a great way to utilize your pump to help boost your milk production and get a new baby get used to nursing. If you are not producing much milk, you will want to cluster pump (e.g., 20 mins pumping, 10-minute break, 10 minutes nursing, 10-minute break, etc) and feed alternatively in consistent intervals of time to get both you and your baby used to a feeding schedule.*  
 

2. Be Consistent:

The key to successfully increasing your milk supply is consistency. Pump at the same times each day, and for the same amount of time over an extended period. If you find you’re still needing more, increase the intervals and time of your pumping sessions. Over time, your body will begin to adjust the amount of milk it produces to meet the needs of the demand. 
 

3. Avoid using a bottle too often early on (if possible):

When your infant is getting used to nursing, try to avoid using a bottle for supplemental feeding too often. As it’s easier to get milk from a bottle, relying on bottle feeding too often, too early on, may discourage your baby from nursing. As an alternative, find a small plastic syringe to feed your baby milk in between nursing sessions. The goal is to help your baby learn to latch and feed successfully from your breasts and not to become used to the bottle (until you’re ready to stop nursing). As your baby learns to latch effectively, the natural suckling in addition to pumping will help produce hormones that tell your body to produce more milk. If your baby is low weight, helping get their weight up will also help eventually help them to nurse more easily.  

4. Get Comfortable:

Choose a breast pump that is comfortable and does not cause you pain. Ensure you select a setting and flange that fits well and creates a good latch. Ideally your breast pump will have a selection of flanges to choose from to ensure you get a good fit. Also, ensure your body is comfortable while pumping or nursing. Using a nursing pillow, a pumping bra, or resting an arm on a chair armrest can help. Whatever your preferred position, find a place that feels comfortable for you to increase ease throughout pumping or nursing sessions. 
 

5. Use An Electric Pump:

While a manual breast pump can be useful, it is much more time-consuming and laborious. A manual pump often does not yield the same results as an electric breast pump, which can more easily mimic a baby’s suckling motion. If you’re wanting to use a breast pump for the purpose of increasing your milk supply, an electric pump is the best choice. 

Remember, breastfeeding is a learned skill for both you and your baby. It can be emotional and that is 100% okay. Stick with it, keep pumping and snuggling your baby and you will see positive results.

 *Always speak to your doctor, midwife or lactation specialist before beginning a cluster or power pumping regimen. And don’t forget to look after yourself! While you’re working hard to increase your milk supply and provide for and nourish your baby – don’t forget to stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet yourself too! 

Need A New Breast Pump? 

If you’re looking to buy a breast pump, we highly recommend the Ameda Mya Joy.  

It’s portable, comfortable and effective, with a wide range of suction and speed settings pre-set for ease of use. It also uses hospital-grade technology to ensure safe milk collection. 

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Tips and Tricks for Pumping and Storing Milk On-the-Go

Tips and Tricks for Pumping and Storing Milk On-the-Go

Spring is right around the corner, and you may be considering getting out more with your little one. Maybe you are planning a long road trip or having date nights with your significant other or your girlfriends. Either way, we want to share a few breastmilk pumping and milk storage tips and tricks to make your pumping on-the-go adventure an easier one. With the pandemic still upon us and as some places begin to open back up, it’s important to remember that the virus is not gone. Being extra diligent about handwashing, sanitizing, maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, and taking other special precautions will help secure a safer time. 

Adventurous times such as taking a flight, adult gatherings, and running errands without your baby can be exciting and a little tricky. Here are some go-to tips and tricks so you can continue your outing with ease. 

Tip 1: Feed your baby before you leave! If you are bringing your baby with you in the car, then you have a few hours until you may need to pump or feed. And we all know a good car ride can be a perfect time for your little one to nap. 

Tip 2: Make sure your portable pump is charged and ready to go. It is also a good idea to have extra batteries ready for pumping. For long car trips, if you are pumping and plan on giving a bottle, most breast pumps can run on batteries or you can charge your pump in the car with a USP port, just make sure to bring an extra pumping kits so cleaning parts between each pumping will not be a challenge. 

Looking for a portable pump? The Ameda Mya Joy is a great option! This lightweight, hospital-strength pump fits in the palm of your hand for easy pumping wherever you go. 

Tip 3: Be comfortable! Consider wearing an outfit for easy pumping or a cover to help you feel more comfortable. 

Tip 4: Keep storage solutions readily available. If you’re going on long trips and car rides or staying away for a while, an easy way to pump and store is to use quality milk storage bags. The new Ameda Pump’N Protect milk storage bags are a perfect choice! The bags are easy to use and a perfect solution for storing on the go. Pumping directly in the bag makes it easy and with the double zipper seal with leak proof technology, your milk will stay safe and secure. 

Safe travels! 

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The Mya Joy – A Powerhouse Pump in a Petite Package

The Mya Joy – A Powerhouse Pump in a Petite Package

Hello Mamas! My name is Serena, and I’m a first time Mom to a 7-week-old little boy, whom I am exclusively breastfeeding with the help of the Ameda Mya Joy breast pump. After the first 4 weeks of establishing my supply and creating a strong latch and breastfeeding relationship with my little one, I wanted to get familiar with pumping!

Introducing the Mya Joy!

To start with, the Mya Joy is incredibly easy to use, even for a complete pumping newbie like me. Plug the pump into power, click the tops onto the flanges and you’re ready to go. The Mya Joy has two modes – stimulation, to help get your milk flowing, and expression to do the actual pumping work. You start in ‘Stimulation’ mode, and as soon as you start to see milk come out, you switch to ‘Expression’ mode with a single button touch! Within each of those modes there are several levels of suction and speed to choose from, and I love how it is controlled through buttons and an illuminated screen rather than dials – less fiddling around. The Mya Joy is a double electric breast pump, but it is easily switched to a single pump if you only want to pump on one side (for example, if you forgot to switch sides all night and come morning you look and feel decidedly lopsided). The flanges that come with the pump are the standard size, which work great for me, but if you have larger or smaller nipples, different sizes are easily found on Amazon. I’m not sure how quiet it is in comparison to other pumps but it seems pretty quiet to me – it couldn’t imagine it ever waking my son!

Good Things Come In Small Packages

The Mya Joy is super compact, without sacrificing any pumping power at all. It’s the perfect size for travel, once we’re all able to do that again. I bought a super cute oversized cosmetics bag which it fits in perfectly – pump, power cord, flanges, bottles and bottle bases, with room for milk storage bags too! My Mom was floored when I showed her how small and compact the Mya is – and rather jealous that something like it didn’t exist in her breastfeeding days! I also love that the Mya Joy has the option to plug in or run on batteries, which is ideal if you need to pump in the car, somewhere without a socket, or, most likely, pump without being attached to a wall (hello crawling stage!). Although I don’t plan on going back to work until my little one is a year old, I can already tell the Mya Joy is going to be perfect for the office too.

The Mya Joy – Speedy & Efficient

I also love how quick my pumping sessions are with the Mya. I only pump once a day at this point as I don’t want to create an oversupply, usually in the morning right after I have fed my little. My pumping sessions never last more than 10 mins, with an average of 7ozs every time! I’ve now got so much milk in the freezer, after only a couple weeks of pumping once a day, that I’m going to become a milk donor! Obviously pumping time and quantity vary from Mom to Mom but I was blown away by how quickly and efficiently the Mya Joy works – instead of 30 minute pumping sessions, I was done in the time it takes my husband to do a diaper change (to be fair, he is new to the whole diaper changing thing). They say a pump can never be more efficient at getting your milk than your baby can, but in the Mya Joy’s case, they might be tied!

The Mya Joy Is A Joy To Use!

I’m super happy with my Mya Joy, and the fact that it comes from Ameda is just the icing on the cake. Knowing that I have a top-quality personal pump for the home and office, that comes from a brand that supplies pumps to hospitals all over the continent, makes me feel really confident in the safety and longevity of my pump. The flanges, tubing, diaphragms, valves, and bottles are all interchangeable with other Ameda pumps, which means that replacements are easy to find online and won’t suddenly be discontinued. My pump actually came with extra diaphragms and valves, which I was super impressed with, and the 2 year warranty on the Mya means that I won’t have to worry about buying another pump during the period I want to breastfeed my son. I also ordered the Ameda Store-And-Pour bags, which are great quality – thick and sturdy, and stand up in the fridge much better than other brands, with a convenient pouring spout! I use the Mya Joy with the Ameda PumpEase nursing bra, which means my pumping sessions are hands-free and I can use that time to have a nice cup of tea and a quiet moment!

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Review: Ameda PumpEase Pumping Bra

The Ameda PumpEase Pumping Bra – Putting the Fun in Functional

Hello Mamas! My name is Serena and I’m a first time Mom to the cutest little 7-week-old boy on the planet (based on a survey of my immediate family and friends, but the results were unanimous), and I am back again to tell you about my favourite pumping sidekick, the Ameda PumpEase Hands-free Pumping Bra! The PumpEase is touted as the original hands-free pumping bra, and once you use it, you can see why it inspired so many other copycats!

Pumpease Pumping Bra

Easy Peasy Hands-free Pumping

The PumpEase is super simple and straightforward, without any finicky plastic clasps that you have to worry about breaking. It is one piece of fabric that does up in the front with the same type of hook system most bras have, and has a reinforced slit over each nipple to insert the flanges into. Because it is a super simple and clean design, it’s compatible with every type of breast pump out there, and takes seconds to put on over your nursing bra/cami, or even bare skin. It’s really intuitive to use and makes you wonder why other pumping bras try so hard to accomplish something so cleanly done with the PumpEase!

Thick, Stretchy, Supportive Fabric

If you’re from Canada and were an early adopter of Lululemon, you might know how incredible the original Lulu fabric felt – and how long it lasted. There are pairs of Lulus out there that are 20+ years old and still going strong. I bring it up because that is exactly what the PumpEase fabric reminds me of. It is super thick (thicker than those original Lulus were, of course!), with a fantastic stretch, and holds the flanges securely in place without ever feeling tight or compressing your breasts (even when they’re especially tender). The manufacturers recommend sizing yourself for the PumpEase around week 38 of your pregnancy, and I found the sizing recommendation to be spot-on (it is stretchy enough and there are 4 rows of hooks to choose from so it should last you throughout your whole breastfeeding journey and bust size changes). I haven’t used my PumpEase for months yet, but I can tell the fabric will retain it’s stretch and colour for many washes to come (assuming you follow the washing directions of course).

Colourful, Because #MomLife Isn’t Boring!

Speaking of colour, you can get the PumpEase in a huge range of super fun colours and patterns. To me, this was important because I didn’t want to feel like a milk machine/cow, and every other bra basically comes in beige or black. Being a new Mom, I already feel like a hot mess, living in my stretchiest clothes, trying not to leak milk on everything, with chronic puffy eyes from lack of sleep, so the chance every day to put on something that is actually pretty AND functional – sign me up! My PumpEase is turquoise (my favourite colour) with white polka dots, but there are tonnes of other colours and patterns available (plus, of course, black and beige in case that is your jam and you’re better at adulting than I am). And the colour is lovely and rich, printed all the way through, not just sitting on top like a lot of clothes. It’s a nice way to express yourself… while expressing yourself (if you know what I mean!).

The PumpEase – My Pumping Hero!

My PumpEase is an essential part of my pumping kit, and folds up to store easily into the same bag as my Mya Joy breast pump in. I love being able to pump hands-free to take a few minutes for myself, without worrying about my pump slipping and milk spillage (gasp!) happening. As my baby grows and gets more mobile I know the PumpEase is going to be even more important as I try to juggle keeping him safe and pumping! And once I transition back to the office? I know the PumpEase is going to be my multi-tasking hero throughout the workday.

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Better Nursing Pads, Better Results

Better Nursing Pads, Better Results

Breastfeeding can be complicated; especially if you’re a new mother. There are a few things you may not know, like the fact that your breasts can leak. And yes, this is as messy as it sounds. This can happen anytime, usually from the third trimester on, but there are ways to manage it and Ameda has some great reusable nursing pads to help you out. 

Having wet patches isn’t good for your clothes but it’s even worse for your skin. Constant moisture against your skin can cause irritation or infection which isn’t helpful when you are constantly breastfeeding or pumping. Nursing pads are used inside your bra to catch the leaks and should be changed a few times a day. 

Why Breasts Leak 

Breasts leak because of the let-down reflex which is a normal part of breastfeeding. It’s what makes the breastmilk flow. When your baby sucks at your breast small nerves are stimulated and cause two hormones to be released into your bloodstream. These hormones are prolactin and oxytocin; the prolactin helps make the milk and the oxytocin causes the breast to push out the milk. Some women can feel it when let-down happens and some don’t feel anything at all. 

Until your breasts become familiar with the practice of releasing milk at exactly the right time, let-down and leaks can occur at any time. Let-down has both emotional and physical triggers. Hearing a baby cry (even if it’s not yours), seeing a baby picture, while your sleeping or when you’re talking about your baby; it can happen at any time. So it’s good to keep that in mind as you plan your day.  

Ameda Reusable Nursing Pads

Good for the environment, even better for mom. The super-absorbent Ameda Contoured Washable Nursing Pads help prevent wet stains on clothing and feature a unique, contoured shape for a discreet appearance.  

These machine washable, reusable nursing pads have three separate layers that work together to comfortably wick moisture away from the skin and maximize leakage protection. The water-resistant outer layer keeps clothing dry while the microfiber middle layer wicks moisture away. And the third layer is a soft and cozy inner terrycloth for extra comfort next to the nipple. 

The Ameda Contoured Washable Nursing Pads are shaped for a discreet and comfortable fit. And the 8 and 20 packs come with a mesh laundry bag so you don’t have to play hide and seek in a giant pile of laundry to find them. 

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Pumping Breast Milk: The Basics

Pumping Breast Milk: The Basics

When you can’t be there, your breast milk still can be if you use a breast pump. A good breast pump is essential to maintaining your milk supply when you are separated from your baby or if your baby is too premature or sick to breastfeed.

Reasons to Pump Breast Milk

Being Apart from Your Baby

  • Pump if your baby is too premature or sick to breastfeed, but you want to provide your breast milk for her feedings. Breast milk is nutritious and healthy and may help your baby develop so you can go home from the hospital sooner.
  • Pump if you will be apart from your baby for some of her feedings due to work, school, or other reasons.

Pumping when you are apart from your baby helps your baby receive the benefits of breast milk, helps you avoid the expense of formula, and gives you the flexibility to be apart from your baby.

Breast Issues

  • Sometimes a mother’s breast becomes too full for her baby to latch on easily. Pumping for a few minutes may soften your breast, areola, and nipple enough so the baby can latch on more easily.
  • If you have flat or inverted nipples, it may be more difficult for your baby to latch on. Using a breast pump for a few minutes may help pull out your nipples, which may make it easier for your baby to take the breast.

Milk Supply Issues

  • If you’re having trouble making enough milk, using a breast pump may provide additional breast stimulation that will help you increase your milk production. Pumping to drain your breasts of milk more completely more times each day helps you make milk faster. 

Choosing a Breast Pump

There are a variety of breast pumps on the market today. But before you choose a pump, it’s helpful to know what features to look for.

Your SituationMulti-User Single-User Personal PumpManual Pump
Milk supply is established; breastfeeding well and occasionally pumping (e.g., going out for short periods of time)XXX
Milk supply is established; breastfeeding well and pumping daily (e.g., going to work or school)XX
Milk supply is established; pumping regularly and baby is not breastfeeding (e.g., preterm, latch issues, milk supply issues, exclusively pumping)X
Establishing milk supply, baby is not breastfeeding (e.g., preterm, latch issues, milk supply issues, exclusively pumping)X

Multi-User Breast Pumps

Ameda multi-user pumps are a great choice for any mom! They are specifically recommended when a baby is not yet breastfeeding, because they are clinically proven to help establish full milk production (link to clinical pages on each pump). These pumps are used when babies are born preterm, sick, or are not breastfeeding for other reasons. Multi-user pumps can be shared. Each mother attaches her own milk collection kit to the pump, which keeps her milk separate from other milk. Ameda multi-user pumps allow for both single and double pumping. Additionally, a pump with two separate controls (suction and speed) is ideal. More setting choices help you find what works best for you.

Ameda has two multi-user pumps that can be rented. Check out this link to learn about pump rentals as well as their benefits and features.

Personal Electric Breast Pumps

Ameda’s personal electric breast pumps are designed to be used by one mother. They are the best choice for mothers who have full milk production and are absent at feedings due to work, school, or other activities outside the home. Ameda personal pumps also allow for both single and double pumping. Likewise, Ameda personal pumps have separate controls to give you more customizable speed and suction options.

Single-user pumps vary widely in quality. Additional features to look for are:

  • Durability. Most pumps designed for daily use offer a one-year warranty on the motor.
  • Flange Fit Options. With pumping, nipple size and elasticity can change. For greater comfort over time, a range of sizes will allow you to change flanges as your body changes.
  • Adjustable Suction and Speed. The more adjustable your pump, the easier it is to follow your milk flow and find your own best settings (within safe and effective suction and speed ranges). Pumps with one control are less adjustable than those with two separate controls.
  • Power options. More power options mean you can pump in more places. Look for a pump that can be run by batteries, a car adapter, and an AC adapter.
  • Pump Care. Easy care is important. Count how many parts need to be washed and whether the narrow, hard-to-clean tubing ever needs to be cleaned.

Ameda has a number of single-user, personal electric breast pumps with a variety of accessories. Check out the links at the bottom of this page for purchasing options!

Manual Breast Pump

Most manual pumps are powered by squeezing a handle. A manual pump is a good choice if you plan to miss breastfeedings no more than once a day. They require practice to find the rhythm that most quickly triggers milk flow. A manual pump may also be a good back-up option in case of power issues.

Using a Breast Pump

Get ready to pump in just a few easy steps.

Choose the Correct Flange Size for You

The flange is the piece held to your breast during pumping.  Every mother needs a good breast flange fit for greater comfort and better milk flow.  What determines a breast flange’s size – and your fit – is the width of its opening.

To check your breast flange fit, watch your nipple during pumping. Use the pictures below as a guide.

good

Good Fit: During pumping, your nipple moves freely in the breast flange tunnel. You see space around the nipple. Not much areola is drawn into the tunnel with the nipple.

small

Too Small: During pumping, some or your entire nipple rubs against the sides of the breast flange tunnel.

large

Too Large: During pumping, more areola is drawn into the breast flange with your nipple. Your areola may rub against the side of the breast flange tunnel.

Breast flange fit can change with birth, breastfeeding, and pumping.  The breast flange that fits you well when you started pumping may need to change with time.  Recheck your breast flange fit from time to time.

Prepare to Pump

Learning to pump can be a daunting process. It will get easier with time and practice.

  • Read your breast pump instructions.
  • Always wash hands well with soap and water before handling the product.
  • Assemble the kit.
  • Attach the kit to the pump.
  • Center the breast flanges over your nipples. Press them lightly against your breasts to make an air seal.
  • If you’re double pumping, position your arm to hold both flanges against your breasts, maintaining an air seal. If you want to single pump, close off an adapter port per the instructions for use.

Turn the Pump On

  • Ameda Purely Yours®/LactalineTM: Turn the suction dial to the right to turn on the pump.
  • Ameda EliteTM: Turn the vacuum dial to the right to turn on the pump.
  • Ameda Platinum®: Push the power button on.

Set the Dials for Comfort and Milk Flow

  • Set suction/vacuum for comfort. Set SUCTION/VACUUM to the highest setting that feels comfortable and no higher. The strongest pump suction does not always pump more milk. You can increase the suction as your milk starts to flow and you become used to the pump, but remember, pumping should never hurt. Your body doesn’t release milk well when you are in pain.
  • Set speed/cycles for comfort and milk flow. Set SPEED/CYCLES to the fastest setting when you start pumping. This will stimulate your breasts to release oxytocin, which causes a milk ejection reflex (let-down). This release causes milk to be squeezed out of the alveoli, into the ducts and out of your nipple into the flange.
  • Once the milk is flowing, slow down the SPEED/CYCLES to keep the milk flowing. When the milk flow slows to a trickle or drip, return to the fastest setting until you trigger another milk ejection reflex, then slow the SPEED/CYCLES down again. This fast/slow pattern can be repeated several times to help drain your breasts. (This simulates how a baby sucks when she is breastfeeding: fast to get the milk flowing, then slow to draw the milk out and drain the breast.)

Stimulate the Milk Ejection Reflex (MER) When Pumping

The Milk Ejection Reflex (MER) is the process in which the hormone oxytocin triggers glandular tissue or alveoli in the breast that stores milk to squeeze, thereby causing the stored milk to lower into the ducts that transport milk, and out of your nipples.

Some mothers feel tingling during milk ejection reflex, others feel nothing and just see the milk flow start. While breastfeeding, most mothers have three or four MERs without even knowing it. Try to stimulate more than one MER when you are pumping; it will help you drain your breasts.

A MER can happen with a touch at the breast, hearing a baby cry, or even by thinking about your baby. Pain or feelings of stress, anger, and upset can block the milk ejection reflex. So, try to relax and use your mind and senses to stimulate a MER:

  • Mind: Close your eyes, relax, and imagine your baby breastfeeding.
  • Sight: Look at your baby or your baby’s photo.
  • Hearing: Listen to a recording of your baby cooing or crying. If you’re apart, call and check on your baby.
  • Smell: Smell your baby’s blanket or clothing.
  • Touch: Apply a warm cloth or gently massage your breasts.
  • Taste: Sip a favorite warm drink to relax you.

One or two senses may work better than the others, so test them all to find out which work best for you.

If you’re pumping with a manual pump like the Ameda One-Hand Breast Pump, you can do the same by using both fast and slow squeezes. Again, watch your milk flow and use it as your guide. Instead of double pumping, you will be single pumping (one side at a time). Change which breast you are pumping every 5-7 minutes for a total of 20 to 30 minutes.

This is general information and does not replace the advice of your healthcare provider. If you have a problem you cannot solve quickly, seek help right away. Every baby is different. If in doubt, contact your physician or healthcare provider.

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