Troubleshooting pumping – how to avoid problems

Common issues associated with pumping are:

  • Pain and/or blisters from pumping: The wrong sized flange (the part that can surrounds your breast) can cause soreness or blisters – but don’t let yourself get to the point where you develop blisters!
  • Ill-fitting flange limits pumping efficiency: How do you know the proper fit? When you buy or rent the pump, the person assisting you should be able to confirm correct fit, and you have to actually turn the pump on to ensure fit, not just hold it up to breast.  
  • No vacuum: Check that tubes are fully attached on both ends, parts are attached properly, rubber gaskets are lying flush and if so, are they worn out and need to be replaced. Another reason to buy new pump is that used parts can be worn out and not attach snugly enough to create vacuum.
  • Pump breaks down at early stage of use: Before cursing the pump (and really before choosing it), confirm that specific pump is adequate for your needs. Note that different pumps are designed for either daily or occasional use and the difference is in motor size and longevity. If you are using a pump designed for occasional use on a daily basis, be forewarned.

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