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Thread: Help with Pump Flange Selection

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2012

    Default Help with Pump Flange Selection

    How can you tell if the flange you are using to pump is the correct size. I tried for the first time last night when my breast was very full before lying down. The nipple appeared to have plenty of room in the flange. I had great success with milk flow but when I was done the area around my nipple, the areaola, was swollen. Does the opening in the flange need to encase the areaola too or just the nipple? My breast felt bruised through the next day. I can't tell if the size was wrong or the speed or maybe both.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2010

    Default Re: Help with Pump Flange Selection

    Welcome! It's really hard to say - it's such an individual thing. If you are using the standard size flanges that come with your pump, it wouldn't be unusual to go up a size. Try it and see what happens. I tend to have a good bit of my areola in the flange no matter what size I use. I use Medela pumps and the size 27mm flanges are best for me.
    Blessed with DS - born 9/2/09 - nursed/pumped for 12 months
    Blessed with DD - born 3/27/12 my dreamfeeder

    903 ounces donated.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2006

    Default Re: Help with Pump Flange Selection

    I would say try a bigger size. I personally found that the size I "should" have used was too small and I had to keep trying. I even tried PumpinPals, but they didn't work for me.

    Some moms find lubrication helps.

    Also, make sure your pump is in good working order and you are using suction that is just strong enough.
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
    Sealed for time and eternity, 7-7-93
    Always babywearing, cosleeping and cloth diapering. Living with oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD. Ask me about cloth diapering and sewing your own diapers!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2012

    Default Re: Help with Pump Flange Selection

    Hello anyone looking for help with this. I went to the Medela website, http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/
    and found some very helpful information on this. I encourage you to take a look. Scroll to the bottom and look for Learning--Tips and Solutions. Find the FAQ's. Very useful information!
    Last edited by @llli*tresa2steppin; August 20th, 2012 at 09:33 PM.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2008

    Default Re: Help with Pump Flange Selection

    here's the most awesome link serena gave me

    I also bumped an old thread of mine for you
    Moma to *Silas* 10-30-07

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