Stop being intimidated by the thought of breastfeeding and try it out first. If you’re worried about experiencing discomfort, tenderness, soreness, and other side effects of breastfeeding, with the right techniques you can avoid all of those uncomfortable situations. Once you’re comfortable with breastfeeding, you can then move on to using breastfeeding pumps and store your milk for future feedings.
The first few steps of breastfeeding
Start by getting your infant used to breastfeeding. Try to make them latch onto the nipple while holding them in a safely, supporting their heads with your hand. There are three different positions that you can try out: the cradle, the football, and the side-lying. If you’re still having difficulties, use a pillow to support your arms.
After they’re used to breastfeeding, you can now proceed to use a breast pump to collect milk and feed your child through a baby bottle. First, find a comfortable place and sit in a comfortable position so that you could easily express your milk. Always remember that you will express more milk with no discomfort when you are relaxed. It may help to stick to a daily routine to stimulate proper milk flow. Do not rush the breast pumping process and try several breathing and relaxation exercises.
How to use your Spectra breast pump
Select the appropriate suction cup in the size that would properly fit you. Attach it to the tube the attach the tube to the Spectra breast pump. Perhaps it would help beginners to use the Spectra manual breast pump before moving to the Spectra electric pump so that they can manually adjust the force and settings themselves.
To use your Spectra breast pumps, simply press the “On” button and the pump will automatically start in expression more. If you want to change the settings, press the three-wave button to switch it into massage mode. This mode will help the letdown reflex, or when the oxytocin pushes the milk out of the breast.
Adjust the suction strength; you can choose from level 1 to level 5. You may increase the strength until you feel a slight tugging (not painful) and then decrease the level slightly. You can also adjust the timing of the cycle as well as save the settings for future use. With the Spectra S1 and Spectra S2 Electric Breast Pumps, it will remember your settings so you don’t have to adjust it every time you need to breast pump.
Cleaning your Spectra breastfeeding pumps
The suction cups, tubes, and the exterior of the pumping machines can be easily cleaned. Simply wipe the machine’s casing and the exterior of the tubes with an antibacterial wipe. Gently wash the suction cups with dish soap and warm water.