Just a bit of info on breast pumps i learned recently. Each breast pump comes with a certain number of pieces. One of the pieces is the flange. The part that goes on your breast that helps pump out the milk. Each breast pump probably comes with a general size flange. However that flange may be the wrong size for your breast. When you nurse, Where does baby attach on to when nursing? It isn't the nipple because when baby does that. Baby isn't properly expressing milk out. Baby latches onto your areola. Baby will massage the areola and the milk duct/glands with his mouth. This helps bring the milk down and baby gets enough and your breast are stimulated properly to keep up production. Well the same applies for the flange part of your breast pump. When using your flag. Make sure the the opening to the flange is large enough to allow your nipple to be pulled into it with out the sides of your nipple touching the side of the flange. This would mean that some of your areola is also being pulled into the flange part. That way the suction is also is a sense massaging your areola as well.
This will help empty more inefficiently. That way your breast are getting the right idea to keep replacing the milk that was pumped out.
You can find larger flanges at baby department stores or at your breast pumps website.
I hope this helps you understand the function of breast pumps better.
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