Manual breast pumps are held in place on the breast with one hand while milk is pumped with the other hand.
It’s a good idea to start pumping before you return to work or school, or otherwise will need your pumped milk. This way, you’ll be able to familiarize yourself with your pump and also give your baby practice feeding from a bottle.
- Make sure your pump and its parts are clean. Wash your hands thoroughly.
- Place the breast shield over your nipple and areola, making sure it makes contact with the skin of your breast all along the outer edge.
- To stimulate letdown, gently squeeze the lever or handle to create suction. It’s helpful to make these motions quick, simulating how your baby begins suckling at the breast.
- To collect milk, squeeze the lever in longer, more powerful strokes. Eventually the flow of milk will slow and you may follow these steps on the other breast.
- Clean all pump parts that come in contact with milk and let dry completely before storage.