The transition into fatherhood is both thrilling and somewhat frightening. The preparation, planning, and purchasing can make even the most organised person feel as if they are in a tumultuous tornado. Even if you know exactly what you require, it can be overwhelming, difficult, and subjective to find the right brand or product specifications, particularly regarding breast pumps. There are countless varieties of breast pumps available on the market.
But before you go purchasing, you should familiarise yourself with the various components of a breast pump.
The Breast Pump
The pump itself will generate the suction necessary to extract breast milk. In electric breast pumps, this is often controlled by a motor and accompanied by gauges or knobs, as well as battery packs. A hand-squeezed lever controls manual pumps, but the underlying mechanisms are identical. The breast pump creates a gentle vacuum that simulates a breastfeeding infant’s sucking.
Breast Shield (Flanges)
Flanges are among the most vital components of a breast pump. They are the shields that you position over your nipple and must be the appropriate size for efficient and comfortable milking. Flanges aid in drawing the nasopharynx into the vacuum of the breast pump. Before utilising your flanges, ensure they are properly sized to prevent pumping issues. Flanges are measured in millimetres based on the diameter of the nipple. Obtain several sizes of flanges so that you can compare the flow and comfort.
Value and Membranes
The breast pump’s valves are what connect to the flanges. Valves are equipped with openings allowing milk to enter the container. Membranes are tiny, circular components that attach to valves. They open and close in response to the pump’s suction. Depending on the type of breast pump you use, various valves and membranes are available. If you are experiencing suction issues, double-check your valves and membranes to ensure they are securely fastened and have a snug fit. Depending on the circulation frequency, valves and membranes must be replaced regularly.
Your breast pump’s tubing is exactly as it sounds. These passages connect the fundamental components of your breast pump so that it can perform its function. The only point regarding tubing is the importance of keeping it dry. When the interior of the tubing is moist, mould and mildew growth can occur, which is hazardous if it enters the milk supply. Ensure that your tubes are thoroughly cleansed and dry before storing your breast pump.
Collection Bottles for Milk
The breast pump collection cups are interconnected devices that capture your expelled milk. There are various varieties of milk collection receptacles, but many pumps are incompatible with the majority of them. Read the instructions on your breast pump to ensure you use the appropriate milk collection receptacles. Some pumps include them, while others do not.