Successful breastfeeding with a breast pump: practical advice

How to use a breast pump: 12 valuable tips.

If you're a new breastfeeding mom, you've probably heard of using a breast pump. But how to use it correctly? In this article, we are going to share with you 12 valuable tips for using a breast pump effectively.

  1. Choose the right breast pump

The choice of breast pump is crucial for successful use. There are two types of breast pumps: manual and electric. Electric breast pumps are more expensive but they are more efficient and less tiring. Manual breast pumps are less expensive, but they can be tiring to use. It is important to choose a breast pump that suits your needs and your budget.

  1. mentally prepare

Using a breast pump can be a bit daunting, especially if you're a new mom. Take the time to mentally prepare yourself before using your breast pump. Sit in a quiet, relaxed place and breathe deeply. Visualize yourself using the breast pump successfully and relax.

  1. Prepare yourself physically

Make sure you are physically comfortable before using your breast pump. Sit in a comfortable position and use pillows to support your back and arms. Wear loose, comfortable clothes so you can move freely.

  1. Proper positioning of the nipples

The correct position of the nipples is crucial for successful use of the breast pump. Make sure your nipples are centered in the breast pump shield. If your nipples are positioned incorrectly, you may feel pain and damage your nipples.

  1. Start with light suction

When you first start using your breast pump, start with gentle suction. Gradually increase the suction until you reach a comfortable yet effective suction. If you feel pain, reduce the suction and adjust the position of your breast pump.

  1. Using a double-pumping breast pump

Double-pumping breast pumps are faster and more efficient than single-pumping breast pumps. Using a double pump breast pump can save you time and effort, which is important when you have a newborn baby to manage.

  1. Use warm compresses

Before using your breast pump, it is recommended to use warm compresses to stimulate milk flow. Warm compresses can help relax your chest muscles and stimulate milk production. You can use warm compresses for a few minutes before using your breast pump to make it easier to express milk.

  1. Use cold compresses

After using your breast pump, it is recommended to use cold compresses to relieve discomfort and reduce inflammation. Cold compresses can also help reduce the risk of breast engorgement. You can use cold compresses for 15-20 minutes after each use of your breast pump.

  1. Use a hands-free breast pump

Hands-free breast pumps allow you to pump milk hands-free. This allows you to go about other tasks while you use your breast pump. Hands-free breast pumps are particularly useful if you need to pump milk frequently.

  1. Clean the breast pump regularly

It is important to clean your breast pump regularly to avoid bacterial contamination. Clean your breast pump after each use following the manufacturer's instructions. Be sure to thoroughly clean all parts of the breast pump, including tubes and valves.

  1. Store the breast pump correctly

Once you are done using your breast pump, store it properly to avoid damage. Store it in a dry place away from direct sunlight. Be sure to store all parts of the breast pump together to avoid losing them.

  1. Do not use a broken or damaged breast pump

It is important not to use a broken or damaged breast pump. Broken or damaged parts can cause pain and damage to your nipples. Check your breast pump before each use to make sure it is in good working order. If you find that any parts are damaged, replace them immediately.


ALLARD, Madeleine & Annie Desrochers. “Living well with breastfeeding” Hurtubise, Quebec, 2010, 316 p.
Dr NEWMAN, Jack. “Understanding and succeeding in breastfeeding” Jack Newman communications, Quebec, 2006, 511p.
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