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How do I know my nipple size?
One side of the base of your nipple (where it begins to stick out from your areola) should line up with the zero-zero point on your screen. Move the sliding measuring bar on the screen to the other side of base of your nipple to get your measurement.
How do I know my nipple flange size?
To determine the best flange size for you, you’ll need to measure your nipple. Take a tape measure or ruler and measure the diameter, or width across, of your nipple in millimeters. Do not include measurements for your areola, the larger part around your nipple. Select your flange size based on your measurement.
How do you know if your flange is the right size?
The size of the flange you need is the size of your nipple. You can measure yours using a ruler or measuring tape. Be sure to measure the diameter of the nipple alone—do not include the areola. Your nipple is centered in the flange and moves freely in the tunnel of the breast pump.
How do I know if my flange is too small?
If your breast pump flange is too small you may experience:
- Rubbing as the nipple is pulled against the sides of the breast pump tunnel.
- Pinching and squeezing of the nipple.
- Your nipple or areola becomes white or discolored.
- Low breast milk production.
- Painful milk extraction.
Does nipple size change after birth?
These changes are caused by an increase in hormones, and may include the following: Tenderness or a change in sensation of the nipple and breast. An increase in breast size. Changes in the colour and size of nipples and areola.
Why do my nipples swell when I pump?
A bit of swelling that goes away after a few minutes is normal due to your nipple being under constant latch and surrounded in breast milk during the pumping session. If the swelling does not resolve within 15 – 30 minutes, you may be using the wrong size Flange.
Do you measure nipple size before or after pumping?
Nipple size can fluctuate and can vary from side to side. We recommend measuring before pumping or nursing then adding 3-5mm to the diameter. Here’s our helpful fitting flange guide.
How should you sit when pumping?
Make sure to sit in a comfortable chair or recliner when you pump. Although you can’t really lean back, having a seat that supports your back (even if you just put a pillow behind you) will take the pressure off of your back and stomach when you’re trying to sit still to pump.
Does higher suction mean more milk?
A: First, let’s expel a very common myth — having a more powerful pump does not necessarily mean you’re going to pump more milk. That’s because too much suction can cause your breast tissue to be squeezed together too much, cutting off milk flow from your milk ducts. And it can hurt your nipples, too.
Can pumping damage your nipples?
Since it’s difficult to control the suction of these pumps, they can cause damage to the breast tissue and put you at a greater risk for breast issues such as sore nipples or mastitis.