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Health Tip: Using a Breast Pump

Suggestions from the FDA

(HealthDay News) -- A breast pump allows mothers to extract and store breast milk for instances when they can't be present for a baby's feeding.

Here are suggestions on how to use a breast pump, courtesy of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration:

  • When using the product for the first time, carefully read the entire instruction manual.
  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap for 10 seconds to 15 seconds, then dry thoroughly.
  • You may want to wash your breasts if you have used a cream, ointment or other topical product.
  • Make sure your pump is properly assembled, and that you are in a comfortable place where you can relax.
  • Position the breast shield carefully on your nipple, so that it does not pull or pinch.
  • Once you are comfortable and the pump is properly in place, turn it on or begin pumping manually.
  • Typically, you can expect to pump for about 10 minutes to 15 minutes per breast. But your session should only last as long as it is comfortable.
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