- Pump 3-4 hours after you last nursed the baby.
- Wash your hands.
- Use clean equipment.
- Adjust the pump setting on low to start. Then, increase it to your comfort level.
- Wet the horn with water or a few drops of breast milk.
- Center your nipple in the horn, don’t let the nipple rub.
- Pull the plunger gently about half way out for the first minute or two.
- Pull plunger about once every second, this imitates the baby’s nursing rhythm.
- First your milk will come in drops, then sprays.
- Pump 10-15 minutes on each breast.
- Freshly pumped milk can be safely left in a warm room for 4-6 hours or up to 10 hours in a cool room.
- Refrigerated milk can be stored for 8 days.
- Freeze cold breast milk. 6 months in a freezer and 6-12 months in a deep freezer.
- Use either disposable bottle bags or a container to freeze breast milk
- Put 3-4 oz in each container or bag.
- Make sure to date each packet.
- Keep the pumped milk cold with a chill pack inside the carrying case.
- never microwave
- Never heat on the stove.
- Put frozen packets in the refrigerator over night or set frozen packet in a cup of warm water for a few minutes until room temperature.
- Shake gently to mix the milk
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