Troubleshooting low vacuum
Finding the right vacuum level is probably one of the most important aspects of a good and efficient breast pump.
Here is a simple checklist you can follow to make sure your pump doesn’t lose its suction:
- Remember to replace your parts regularly!
One of the most common mistakes that can happen when using a breast pump is forgetting to replace the washable parts regularly. On average, you should replace your parts every 2-3 months. However, if you are pumping more than 1-2 times a day, you may need to replace your parts more often.
- Cover the basics!
Sometimes decrease in vacuum happens because of a simple assembly or cleaning error. Try disassembling and assembling your pump again (and check if all your parts are dry and intact). Sometimes it’s as simple as that!
(Pro tip – check if the duckbill of your vacuum seal is there. These are our favorite parts to forget😉 )
- check your fit!
see if your nipple is aligned correctly inside the breast shield and that your breast completely seals the opening of the breast shield
- Check your tube!
Inspect your vacuum tube for possible kinks that need to be straightened out or for milk inside the tube.
Milk in the vacuum tube can affect the vacuum level and can also damage your pump!
If you spot milk, humidity, or water in the tube – stop your pumping session immediately and reach out to us for help!
- Check your battery level
We all need to recharge occasionally; maybe it’s simply time to charge your pump 😊
With a full battery, you should be able to complete 4 pumping sessions (30 minutes for each session). If this is not the case, it may be time to replace your battery. You can order your replacement in our shop.
- Beware of misuse!
Breast pump parts may be damaged when handled incorrectly. Replacing your parts would be the best solution for any of the following:
- Sanitizing your parts in the microwave
- Boiling your parts for more than 10 minutes
- Exposing the parts to direct sunlight or leaving them in the car in hot weather.
- using the breast pump with parts that were not supplied by Annabella.
- Running water through the vacuum tube to “clean it”
- Using parts with visible tearing or damage in the material
If you are still having vacuum trouble after covering our list, we are here to help!
Feel free to contact us.