Find your pumping setting
Finding the correct pumping setting is crucial for maximizing milk production and minimizing discomfort while using a breast pump. A breast pump that is set too low may not effectively stimulate milk flow, while a breast pump that is set too high can be painful and lead to reduced milk production. It is important to find a balance between effectiveness and comfort in order to have a positive pumping experience.
It's important to note that the comfortable pumping setting may change over time as your body changes while breastfeeding. It's a good idea to periodically check and adjust the pumping settings to ensure maximum comfort and effectiveness.
By adjusting the vacuum level, tongue pace, and tongue height settings on your breast pump, you can fine-tune the pumping experience to meet your specific needs and ensure maximum comfort while expressing milk. Experimenting with different settings and paying attention to your body's response can help you find the perfect pumping combination for your body.
To find the correct pumping setting for the Annabella breast pump, follow these steps:
- Assemble the breast pump according to the instructions provided.
- Place the adjustable breast shield on your breast. Make sure that your nipple is correctly aligned at the center of the breast shield.
- Check the size of the breast shield to ensure it's a comfortable fit. The Annabella breast shield is adjustable, and the range of sizes is between 21mm to 24mm. The size of the breast shield can be adjusted by turning the knob on the side of the pump, which will also adjust the height of the tongue and therefore the pressure of the tongue.
- Adjust the vacuum level using the settings of the breast pump. The Annabella breast pump has 9 vacuum levels to choose from. The vacuum level determines the strength of the suction. It is important to find a vacuum level that is comfortable and effective in stimulating milk flow.
- Adjust the tongue pace levels using the settings of the breast pump. The Annabella breast pump has 9 tongue pace levels, which determine the speed of the tongue mechanism that imitates baby's tongue and suckling motion.
- Adjust the tongue height levels using the settings of the breast pump. The Annabella breast pump has 4 tongue height levels, which adjust the opening of the breast shield from 24mm when set on level 1 and 21mm when set on level 4.
- Make sure that your nipple is able to move freely and the suction is pain-free and smooth. If the suction is too strong or painful, adjust the vacuum level or the size of the breast shield until you find a comfortable setting.
It's important to remember that breast pumping should never be painful or uncomfortable. If you are unable to find a comfortable and effective pumping setting, seek help from a healthcare professional or lactation consultant.
- Once you have found a comfortable and effective pumping setting, make a note of the settings so that you can easily replicate them in the future. It may also be helpful to experiment with different settings to see what works best for you.
If you have any questions or concerns about finding the correct pumping setting for your Annabella breast pump, the Annabella team is always here to help. Don't hesitate to reach out for support or guidance as you navigate the exciting journey of breastfeeding and expressing milk.