Check 1, Check 2, Check Pump?
You've drank the tea, ate the oatmeal & taken the supplements, but you still feel like your supply is sub-par?
Let's take a more technical approach. Have you been maintaining your pump? Yep, just like a car, your pump needs regular maintenance to run at top levels.
#1 - Flange Fit - This is the first thing you should check, and IMO the most difficult. After 27 months of pumping, I still don't know if I have the correct fit! During pumping, your nipple should move freely in the flange funnel. If your flange is too small, your nipple will touch the sides. If your flange is too large, some or all of your areola will be drawn into the flange funnel.
Most breast pumps offer several size options for a more personalized fit.
#2 - Membrane Maintenance - Regardless of the style of membrane, you should replace it every 6 to 8 weeks. Grab some here.
#3 - Cleaning Care - It has been pretty widely communicated that you don't HAVE to clean pump parts in between pump sessions, but the CDC just issued their recommendation that contradicts this! Be sure to read it!
#4 - Mind the Mold! - The remaining parts of your pump don't need replaced unless you see any signs of mold! If you do see mold, stop use immediately and replace those parts! Tubing does not need to be cleaned unless it comes in contact with breast milk, then it should be rinsed and sterilized.
Julie Burrell is a thirty something mom of 2, wine lover and avid breastfeeding supporter. She accidentally invented the best hands-free pumping option on the market while pumping for her (then) 6 month old. Simply clip on to your nursing bra and pump hands-free! Grab yours here.