Question

The pump has too much suction. What can I do to resolve this?

Answer

Follow below guidelines if you experience too much suction with your breast pump:

  • If you are using the manual breast pump, try depressing the handle only halfway when expressing. You do not need to push the handle all the way in to achieve suction. You can regulate the suction the pump gives by depressing the handle more or less, giving you complete control over the amount of suction that works best for you. If you are using the electrical pump, you can choose a lower suction level on the motor unit.
  • Make sure you only use the comfort breast pump’s parts.
  • Make sure you have assembled the comfort breast pump with the massage cushion: not using the massage cushion can result in too much vacuum.
  • Using a breast pump for the first time, you may experience the suction level as too high at first. Practicing can help. Philips Avent gives tips and tricks for starting with milk expression here.
  • If you continue to have trouble with using the breast pump, contact your lactation specialist.

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