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How to Use a Breast Pump

Learn how to use a breast pump with step by step instructions from lactation consultant Melissa K. Nagin in this Howcast video.

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So, using a breast pump is actually, it depends on what your situation is. If you're going back to work, you're going to want to mimic what the baby's typically doing at home.

So, if you are feeding the baby usually every three hours during the day at home, then you're going to want to gauge your day as best you can. Don't pull yourself out of a meeting if you're in the middle of something. Just as close to the time as possible to be able to go and express.

So, if your baby's feeding every three hours at home, then we're going to have to figure out every three hours when the baby's eating at home, when you're going to be pumping at work.

And usually, all you need is 15 minutes. If you have a double, electric pump you will use both of them at the same time. If you put them on for seven minutes on slow and low, which is the suction and the speed. Stop for one minute. Massage all around and then another seven minutes back on. And then you can store it.

If you're using a single pump or a manual pump, then you're going to have to split that up. It's going to have to take a little bit longer because you're not doing, you're not using a double pump.

This is a manual pump. And, it really, really works very well. You can always just throw it into your bag. It's very, very easy to use. Very easy to set up. It's, really, just screw in the top with what we call a flange, here, and a pump. The pump is right there. And just making sure, no matter what, that your breast is centered perfectly in the middle before you start to use it.

That's the key, in most cases, to the comfort of pumping. Because you end up having, if you're angled in a funny way, you can end up having the top of the nipple scraping, or the bottom of the nipple scraping. You want to make sure the nipple's perfectly centered before you start to do it.

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