How to Use Breast Pump Parts and How Often to Change Them

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Pumping requires a lot of new skills.

Not only that, but a lot of new knowledge about foreign breast pump parts and supplies you’ve probably never heard of or even seen before.

Not to worry though, because today you will be given the ins and outs on how to use breast pump parts and when to change them.

I’ll also be diving a little deeper into the equipment options for extra pumping supplies and details on each part.

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Breast Pump Parts and How to Use Them

There are many additional parts and attachments that can help you with breast pumping and milk supply.

Breast pump parts can be very confusing for a beginner. I can relate to not having a clue about any of them at first.

Let’s begin our exploration of the most common and important breast pump parts. Below, you will see what these parts look like, how to use them and when to replace them.

  • Back flow protectors
  • Valves and membranes
  • Tubing
  • Breastshields and Connectors
  • Freemies
  • Pumpin’ Pals
  • Duckbill Valve

Backflow Protectors

These spaceship looking parts are designed to stop backflow of milk from entering into the tubing and causing mold and bacteria growth.

Backflow can also ruin a pump if the breast milk gets inside. These Maymom Backflow Protectors at Amazon are compatible to be used with all Spectra pumps.

This pumping part is a MUST if you have a breast pump that is NOT a closed-system. Backflow protectors need to be used with most portable pumps as well.

Backflow Protectors

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Valves and Membranes

What is the difference between duckbill valves and the valves and membranes?

Duckbill valves are compatible with almost every pump.

They are much more durable than the valves and membranes shown above. Easy to remove and replace and it’s only one piece to have to wash.

Duckbill Valves

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Even so, this type is my favorite – which is why I’m recommending them.

Valves and membranes should be replaced about once every 6-8 weeks or more frequently depending on the type of use your breast pump is getting.

I could easily change mine once a month. Keeping these breast pump parts new will hugely help with milk output as they are responsible for the suction capability of the pump.

Valves and Membranes

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Tubing

Replacing the tubing isn’t something you need to do as frequently.

But here’s a tip to keep the tubing and pump’s seal tight, cut the tip off of the stretched end that goes onto the pump.

After doing this so many times, the tubing loses length and that’s when it’s nice to replace it with a fresh set.

Tubing

Replacement tubing for Medela Breast Pumps.

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Breastshields and Connectors

You may need to size down your breastshields multiple times throughout your pumping journey.

Also, accidents happen…

If you’re sanitizing your parts on the stove in a boiling pot of water and just so happen to forget about them for a few hours, you may just find yourself a melted blob of boobie parts.

Thankfully, I have not does this, but I did just read a cute post in the exclusively pumping facebook group I’m in where a mom confessed to this happening to her lol.

Breastshields and Connectors

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Must-See Breast Pumping Accessories

Next, let’s quickly peak at some must-have breast pumping parts and accessories that make a pumping mom’s life easier!

Freemie Collection Cups

These breast milk collection cups make pumping on the go and maintaining your privacy possible!

They are designed to slip into your bra and collect up to 8 oz of breast milk each. If you want to go for a bike ride and pump, now you can with Freemies!

Freemie Collection Cups

Closed-system Freemie Collection Cups.

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Pumpin’ Pals

These custom breastshield replacements for Medela flanges are designed to be more comfortable to wear.

They keep elastic breast tissue from being pulled too deep into the flange.

The sizes range from xs-m. They are angled downward to keep you in a more comfortable position while pumping that encourages more milk to flow.

Pumpin’ Pals


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To Summarize

Figuring out how to use breast pump parts definitely come with a learning curve if you’re new to pumping. I hope you feel more equipped and knowledgable about pumping supplies and equipment and how better to use them.

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