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We have combined some common troubleshooting steps and techniques for our Advanced Flow Double and Single Breast Pumps, these will hopefully help you in resolving any issues you may be experiencing. Thank you for taking the time to search and follow the outlined steps, if you find you are still having troubles, please do get in touch with our wonderful team and we will work with you to get you back pumping as quickly and painlessly as possible.
We highly recommend reading our blog Expressing: Finding the Right Fit as a first step to ensuring you have the correct size and kit for your body, however if you are still having trouble knowing if you are still not feeling like you have the right options, here are a few signs you may have the wrong kit;
If the cushion/insert istoo large you may find;
If the cushion/insert istoo small you may find;
If you are just beginning to breastfeed or switching from another brand of breast pump, it can take some time for the body to respond to expressing and the different sensation. Consistency and hydration are key ~ for further tips on helping to increase your supply our blog;how to help increase your breast milk supply may be of assistance.
Elastic nipples can be a really complex issue but we have a few tips to help with them.
The first thing is to make sure you aren't using the highest suction levels in either modes when pumping. The best thing to do is stick to as low a number as you can - 2/3/4 is best - this helps to limit the amount of suction on your nipples and hopefully prevent them from stretching so much.
Another tip is to use some form of lubricant such as coconut oil/olive oil/breast milk on your nipples/areola to help prevent friction when pumping - this can make it more comfortable.
Lastly sizing is the most important factor - with elastic nipples it is better to measure your nipples before a pump and use that as your measurement guide.
Please reach out to us for more help here as we have some other options we are trialing for elastic nipples.
When your pump is on, with both sides going, take out the tubing from the pump unit and pop a finger over one of the holes at a time and check that you can feel a slight suction on each when your finger makes a seal over the opening.
If you can feel the suction (even very slightly) then it's most likely an issue with how the suction kit is set up or a valve issue.
For the valve, check there is no damage and the membrane is flush against the valve body (for the Original Suction Kit) or that the valve is sitting flush against each other at the opening (for the All-In-One or Air Flow Suction Kits).
Sometime's milk residue can build up on the valve and cause them to stick together instead of releasing when the suction is released - this can potentially cause milk back flow and a reduction in suction. It's important to clean the valve very carefully with hot soapy water to help prevent this.
If you can see that the valve is damaged you would need to purchase a replacement part, these are available online, under each kit.
If you can't feel any suction coming from the unit at all then we would need to get the unit back to take a look at what is going on. Please get in touch with us to arrange this.
If you find you’re hearing a loss of air in the kit, please check the below points to ensure each piece is in place;
Decline in expressed amounts:
* Please note that our bodies can fluctuate in the amounts we express daily, so although checking the above notes in regards to a decline in volume, if everything is in check, it could be a mixture of variables such as water intake, stress and other factors.
Asour kits use 100% food grade liquid silicone, with repetitive use, these will likely need replacing.
To ensure you make the most of every minute pumping and have the full effect of the suction, from time to time you will need to replace parts of your kits to keep optimal levels of expressing.
Note: this can differ for each user as some are exclusively pumping or others pumping on occasion, please consider this and contact us if you have any questions.
Original Inserts - Every 12 months if required or if any damage occurs
All in One Inserts - should be replaced 4-6monthly based on usage in order to keep the valve working at its best
Valve & Membrane (original suction kit) - For full time expressing (6-12 times daily) every 2 - 3 months, or 6 months if daily/weekly use, or if any damage occurs
Diaphragms - For full time expressing, commonly every 4 months or if any damage occurs
Tubing - If you notice a loss of suction or any damage
We also note to replace bottles and teats between each child (e.g. if the pump and parts have been stored after use and then to be used again for the next child) as well as kits, depending on storage time and also strongly recommend replacing kits and bottles if you have purchased a second hand pump. This will ensure your pump has the highest level of efficiency and hygiene.
All parts can be found and purchased through our online store underbreast pump parts and accessories
If water is found in the bladder or tubing, please rinse the tubing with clean hot water, and air dry completely before use. We suggest switching to the spare tubing that came with your kit if possible as it will take time for the tubing to dry completely.
Please also carefully check the diaphragm to ensure it is not broken or split.
The valve and membrane can also be the cause of backflow issues - pop the membrane flap off of the valve body and give it a good clean with hot soapy water to make sure there is no built up milk residue causing it to stick to the valve body.
If you have found your unit is not turning on or not able to be used after a full charge cycle; please check the following
We recommend testing the charging cable, or plugging in the cable at another power outlet and checking for any damage of the cable.
If the above is in check, you may need to have the battery or battery switch replaced in your pump, please let us know if you have noticed any of the following;
Sometimes you may find after giving the pump a full charge the first bar of battery may drop, this is OK as long as you are still getting the full battery life (1.5 hour for the double or 3 hours for the single).
Your pump will sometimes display different error codes to notify you of an issue in the unit
Here at Milkbar we are always here to help! If you are having issues with your Milkbar Breast Pump please get in touch so we can work through some 1:1 troubleshooting and get you back to pumping asap!
We are absolute breast pump specialists here at Milkbar and can often work through issues and get your pumping more comfortably so please get in touch x
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