How to Ensure Right Breast Pump Flange Size

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After the arrival of your dream baby, the responsibility to breastfeed as a mother begins. For Convenience, a breast pump is necessary. The breast pump comes with a slew of parts and pieces that you will need to assemble. Trying to figure out what to do with all of these parts and components might be a challenge! Bringing a breast pump with you to your first lactation appointment after childbirth is a standard recommendation.

As a Mother of two, I frequently assist new mothers in setting up and using their breast pumps. Most importantly, I help clients in determining the optimum flange size for their breast pump.

When you are pregnant or soon after birth, you are likely to receive a breast pump. There are so many breast pumps on the market nowadays; it’s not a bad idea to check out some instructional videos or read up on how to use yours.

Benefits Of Breast Pump

There are many benefits of doing this, including “preparing for postpartum.” There is also a long list of things to do once your baby has arrived in this beautiful world. It’s not a waste of time to familiarize yourself with your pump ahead of time!

What is the purpose of a Breast Pump of an appropriate Flange size?

Pumping is more efficient and more comfortable if you use the right breast pump flange! Having a flange that doesn’t fit properly might cause discomfort, nipple injury and may not adequately drain your breast milk!

The plastic funnel-shaped device you’ll find in your package of goodies is a breast pump flange. Creates a vacuum seal to help in sucking your breasts and nipples out when the breast pump is activated. 

However, how do you determine what size breast flange is best for you? When it comes to pumping, this will assist you in making an informed selection.

Choosing a Breast Pump Flange That Fits Your Needs

The diameter of the nipple is the number one factor to consider to determine the proper breast pump flange size for you. Flanges in the standard sizes of 24mm and 28mm are included with most pumps (although flange sizes range from 21mm to 36mm).

 Many new moms choose pump flanges with a 24mm diameter. It’s crucial to remember that every mother is unique. Depending on the size of your nipples, you may be more comfortable with smaller or larger flange sizes.

Ensure that the measurements you take are accurate

You’ll need a ruler or measuring tape to determine your breast pump flange size accurately. Use a clean penny to assist you in calculating your nipple from time to time. 

  • Dime: 18mm; 
  • Penny: 19; 
  • Nickel: 21mm; 
  • Quarter: 24; All are around the same size.

After your infant has stopped breastfeeding or after stimulating your nipple, you will want to measure the size of your nipple. Nipples expand in size when they are produced. Do not overlook the fact that you may have two distinct dimensions of nipples. 

Another standard version is this. It’s critical to take your measurements at the nipple’s base. When measuring the flange size of your breast pump, don’t worry about the size of your areola.

All women must be aware that their breasts may be engorged or puffy due to water retention. As a result, your flange size may fluctuate during your nursing career. It’s also worth noting that every flange size is different from the next. It can also improve comfort and milk output by experimenting with other brands or models.

Make Sure You Comfortable

The abbreviation COMFY can tell you if your breast flange sizes are correct. Neither discomfort nor redness is felt while the nipple’s center moves freely through the tunnel. Follow this guide.

  1. There should be only a tiny amount of tissue being pushed into the center of the flange with each suction motion.
  2. To get the most out of your breast pump, it is essential to keep the movement of your breasts mild and regular.
  3. During pumping sessions, you should feel at ease. After a pumping session, there should be no rubbing, redness, or discomfort.
  4. After pumping, your breasts should feel softer and lighter, and you should be able to go about your day without any discomfort. You may have a flange fit issue if your breasts aren’t draining properly.

Breast pumping may sometimes be difficult or painful; when your breasts are white or inflamed or have a low milk supply. Your breastfeeding journey will be more successful if you use all of your resources!

The fact that you have people who have gone through the same thing can be comforting. Feel free to ask a question concerning your breast pump flange size.