There are a few things you need to know to get started with pumping. If you have a full term, healthy breastfeeding baby-you can wait a few weeks to start pumping to start storing up breast milk. If you have a preterm or ill baby who cannot breastfeed yet, start pumping as soon as you can after birth, preferably within 6 hours of delivering your baby. Learn how to turn on the pump, adjust the suction/vacuum and speed/cycles for comfort and milk flow, and make sure to have the right breast flange fit.
Click on the links below to learn more about:
- Tips on getting prepared to pump with directions on how to turn the pump on and how to set breast pump dials for your comfort and milk flow. Learn more.
- Checking for good breast flange fit. Learn more.
- Guide to when and how long you should pump. Learn more.
- How much milk you should expect to pump. Learn more.
This is general information and does not replace the advice of your physician or 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 other healthcare provider.