How to Use Medela Pump in Style?
The Medela Pump in Style is the Machine for You and Your Baby!
Have you been frustrated with your breast milk pump? Is it too noisy or has a weak motor? Does your milk back flow into the tubes? Has your milk supply dropped down to almost nothing due to your pump being difficult to use or unreliable?
The Medela Pump in Style is simple, easy to use, and a well-designed machine for breast pumping. It’s for lactating women to express and collect milk from their breasts to complement breastfeeding. It’s for frequent use, which comes out to about 15 times per week for more than six months.
It offers a 2 Phase Expression, which mimics a baby’s natural nursing rhythm and means you get a faster let down. All of the parts can be purchased through the Medela website and are also found in plenty of stores. It takes 8 AA batteries. The pump strength can be adjusted easily using the dial. It’s capable of both single and double pumping, whichever works best for you.
What Does the Medela Pump in Style Come With?
- 2 24mm PersonalFit Breast shields
- 2 Connectors
- 2 Valves with 2 detachable white Membranes
- 2 Lengths of Tubing
- 4 Bottles with 4 Lids
- Battery Pack
- Power adaptor
- 1 Faceplate with an On/Off button and dial to increase vacuum, a Let-down button, a Power adaptor port, two Tubing ports, and a Port plug.
How do You Use the Medela Pump in Style?
Step 1 – Cleaning and Sanitizing
Before you use your Medela Pump in Style, you want to take it apart, sterilize it, and prepare it. Only use tap water or bottled water for cleaning. Wash your hands thoroughly before using the pump. For daily cleaning, separate the parts, rinse in cold water to remove breast milk residue, soak with mild dish soap in hot soapy water or wash in dishwasher, and then dry.
To sanitize, separate all of the parts that come in contact with your breast and the breast milk – the breast shields, connectors, valves, membranes, and bottles. Fill a pot with enough water to cover all of the parts. Bring the water to a boil, and immerse the parts in the water. Do not put the tubing in the boiling water. Boil for ten minutes.
After water cools, remove the parts with a pair of tongs. Set them on a towel or drying mat to air dry, then store when not in use. Medela recommends that parts be sanitized daily to prevent bacterial infection.
Clean the faceplate monthly with a damp cloth. The tubing should only be washed if it’s dirty or covered in breast milk residue. It can be replaced if it becomes moldy.
Step 2 – Put the Medela Pump in Style Together
Place the Medela breast pump on a flat stable surface. Attach the white membrane to the valve and make sure it’s lying completely flat. Connect the breast shield to the breast shield connector. Push the valve and membrane into the bottom of the connector, then screw the connector to the bottle.
Attach the yellow end of the tubing into the hole on the back of the connector, and plug the other end into the breast pump. You can attach both lengths of tubing to the two ports for double pumping, or have just one tubing for single pumping with the other port closed by the port cap. Finally, plug in the power adaptor.
Step 3 – Start Pumping
Make sure your hands are clean, and then place the breast shields directly over your nipples. Turn the dial clockwise on the pump to begin, and you’ll start in the Stimulation Phase. You can adjust the vacuum.
After two minutes, the pump automatically switches to the Expression Phase. If your milk flows quicker than two minutes, press the let-down button. You can also press it to return to the Stimulation Phase if you’ve not let-down yet.
Find your Maximum Comfort Vacuum by increasing the speed. Pumping times vary from 15 minutes up to 30 minutes.
Step 4 – When You’re Finished Pumping
Unplug the tubing from the back of the breast shield before you set the bottle down. Close the bottle with a lid, and keep the pump running while you store the breast milk to help condensation in the tubing dry. Turn off the pump, unplug the power adaptor, and remove tubing from it before storing.
Disassemble all the parts and clean them as per the instructions in Step 1.
A Breast Pump You Will Enjoy Using
The Medela Pump in Style is a breast pump that you can enjoy using. The benefits of taking care of the pump properly, as well as all of its parts, guarantees you’ll be able to get the full life out of the product. Both the Stimulation and Expression phases make pumping more enjoyable, faster, and produce more milk for your baby.