IMPORTANT TIPS for Medela pump users:

IMPORTANT TIPS for Medela pump users:
IMPORTANT TIPS FOR MEDELA MINI_E AND MINI_E PLUS USERS
1. Please read the user/instruction manual, which is included in the box.
2. When assembling the parts, snap white membrane button into small the opening
on the yellow valve (as shown in (a) below) until membrane lies completely flat
on valve. Otherwise, it will affect the suction strength. Please ensure that both
parts are completely dry before assembly. Push the yellow valve securely into
inner ring of the pump body (as shown in (b) below). DO NOT fix the valve too
tight (you may have a problem to take it out if you do so) but it shouldn’t be loose
either as it could cause your milk to backflow (flow into the tubing). Make sure
the valve head (yellow part with white membrane) faces outwards or sideways
and NOT facing you as it will affect the suction strength a bit (a tip given to me
by the supplier). For Mini­E users, you should make sure that the part of the
funnel which connects to the motor unit is completely dry.
a) b) 3. When starting to pump, I would recommend starting at minimum suction strength
and slowly moving your way up. Make sure you work with a cycle speed and
suction level that is most comfortable for you, and a rhythm that is similar to your
baby (remember, all babies are different. What works for me may not work for
you!)
4. When storing the parts of the pump, make sure the adapter wire is not rolled
around the adapter (the way people normally do to their h/phone adapters).
Store it like the way it was when you first got it by using either a tie or a rubber
band.
5. When cleaning the parts: Funnel & valve with membrane; make sure you dry
them with a clean towel or air dry. 6. For Mini­E Plus users, please use a cotton bud to dry the little hole at the funnel
(where you attach the tubing) – keep a few in the bag. This is to avoid water
droplets from being sucked into the pump motor through the tubes. You do not
need to wash the tubes unless milk gets into it (highly unlikely). However, if this
happens, run water through the tubes. To dry it, wring it several times.
If you follow the above tips and take care of your pump, I am sure it will serve you
well and truly become your little helper. Should any of you lose/damage the parts, it
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IMPORTANT TIPS FOR MEDELA MINI_E AND MINI_E PLUS USERS
is available and sold separately (please refer to the replacement parts section at
www.momslittleones.com . So, no worries… Some ways to encourage let­down when expressing:
1. Drink a glass of water before starting to express using the pump.
2. Massage your breast with a rotation motion and bend down a bit (to let gravity
play a role) while doing it. This will definitely encourage let down reflex.
3. Relax, take deep breaths a few minutes before you pump and also while
pumping.
4. Visualize your baby in your mind. If possible, prop a picture of your baby in front
of you. Look at it and remember/imagine what it feels like to have him/her at your
breast. If practical, have an audio tape of your baby’s cry (it really can do
wonders! ­ most mobile phones and PDAs have a recording feature (just to
share))
5. Make yourself as comfortable as possible. Most importantly, RELAX!
REMEMBER THAT IT TAKES TIME AND PRACTICE TO MASTER THE ART OF
BREASTFEEDING.
If you don’t get the amount of milk you’d like at first, keep it up! The more you do it, the
more efficient you’ll become, and the more milk you will yield. The most important thing
of all is to establish and enhance your milk supply. The pump is an additional tool to help
you but the most important stimulator is still your baby! If you have any questions/comments at all, I would be more than happy to hear from
you. Prepared by:
RITA RAHAYU OMAR
rita@momslittleones.com
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