- Step 1: Sterilize equipment Sterilize and clean all equipment before using either in a hot dishwasher or in boiling water for 10 to 20 minutes.
- Step 2: Wash hands Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- Step 3: Select spot Find a quiet location with a comfortable chair.
- Step 4: Position pump Position the pump’s breast shield over your entire breast, including the areola.
- TIP: Milk flow is usually at its peak in the morning.
- Step 5: Begin pumping Begin pumping at a low speed and gradually increase to a higher speed. Collect milk in the attached plastic bottle or container.
- Step 6: Turn off pump Turn off the pump before removing the breast shield when you’re finished.
- TIP: Pumping may take anywhere from five to 20 minutes per side.
- Step 7: Collect milk Collect breast milk in specially designed plastic bags to store in a freezer or refrigerator until feedings.
- FACT: Did you know? Edward Lasker, credited with inventing the modern breast pump in 1923, was also a chess master.
You Will Need
- Soap and water
- A quiet
- comfortable location
- An electric or manual breast pump
- Plastic containers or bottles
- Plastic milk bags
- A dishwasher (optional)