Once you have a pump, you can start collecting milk any time. In the first two weeks after your baby is born, you may want to pump occasionally to relieve engorgement - you can save this milk, but don't get carried away. Pumping a lot in these early weeks tells your body that you had triplets, and brings in an enormous milk supply. While this may sound like a good thing, it puts you at very high risk for breast problems like clogged ducts and engorgement.
Every mother needs a good flange fit for greater comfort and better milk flow. What determines a flange’s size—and your fit—is the width of its opening. To get an idea of your flange size, compare your nipple to a US nickel. If your nipple is wider than a nickel, you will likely need a larger-than-standard size breast flange. But because the breast changes as you pump, measuring tools alone are not the most reliable gauge.
To get more milk, you may not need strong suction. Set your pump at the highest suction that feels good and no higher. (If you're gritting your teeth, it's up too high! Pumping should not hurt.)
Pumping milk is not like sucking a drink through a straw. With a straw, the stronger you suck, the more you get. When pumping, most milk comes only when a let-down, or milk release, happens. Without a milk release, most milk stays in the breast.
Simple Steps to Keep Your Ameda Breast Pump Clean
Keeping your breast pump clean is not time consuming. But there are a few things you can do to simplify your pump care — so you can spend more time with your new baby.
Some moms assume pumping should be painful. Not so! “No pain, no gain” does not apply here. Painful pumping means something needs to be adjusted. What causes pain? The two most common causes are: 1) pump suction set too high and 2) flange fit issues.
Mothers are often confused and upset when they switch from one breast pump to another and find they suddenly express less milk. Why is this so common? The short answer is because conditioning is an important part of milk expression.