Breast pumping
Pump Decisions

Why pump?
Any new mom will tell you that a good breast pump can come in handy. Learn More

Which pump is right for me?
You have a choice of many good pumps on the market today. But before investing in a pump, it pays to know what to look for and what to avoid. Learn More.

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How do I clean and care for my pump?
Keeping your breast pump clean is not time consuming. But there are a few things you can do to simplify your pump care — so you can spend more time with your new baby. Learn More

How do I assemble my pump kit?
Assembling your pump kit is an easy process. Learn More

Why does good flange fit matter and how can I get it?
Every mother needs a good flange fit for greater comfort and better milk flow. Learn More

What should I know when I start pumping?
Once you have a pump, you can start collecting milk any time. Learn More

How much milk should I expect?
How much milk you can pump will vary. Learn some of the factors. Learn More

When should I pump?
When should you pump if you're home with your baby and fully breastfeeding? There are some tips you may find helpful. Learn More

How can I pump more milk?
To get more milk, you may not need strong suction. Set your pump at the highest suction that feels good and no higher. Learn More

Should pumping always feel comfortable?
Some moms assume pumping should be painful. Not so! “No pain, no gain” does not apply here. Painful pumping means something needs to be adjusted. What causes pain? Learn More

How can I get as much milk with my new pump as my old pump?
Mothers are often confused and upset when they switch from one breast pump to another and find they suddenly express less milk. Why is this so common? Learn More

Milk Storage and Handling

What are the current milk storage guidelines?
Use this chart as a basic guide for storing your milk. Learn More

Why do milk guidelines differ?
Life with a newborn is hectic. Add to this the conflicting advice you sometimes get on baby care and breastfeeding, and it can boggle the mind. One call we often get at Ameda is from mothers trying to sort out the different milk storage guidelines. Which guidelines should they use? Learn More

What else do I need to know to safely store and handle my milk?
You may already know Ameda's milk storage guidelines. But many mothers want to know more. So, here is some extra information you might find helpful. Learn More

How should I warm and thaw my milk?
One of the most common questions mothers ask is, "What is the best way to warm or thaw expressed milk?" Learn More

Working and pumping

What are my breastfeeding options?
Going back to work after having a baby can take a lot of planning.Both working and caring for a baby are demanding, and many mothers rethink their priorities. Breastfeeding is one part of this picture. Learn More

How can I prepare while I'm home with my baby?
Your weeks or months at home after your baby is born are a time of closeness and togetherness. If you plan to go back to work, it is also a time to think about your breastfeeding goals and plan for later. Learn More

How much milk should I leave for my baby?
One of the many things to plan when you go back to work after having a baby is how much milk to leave. This information may help you with your planning. Learn More

How should I plan for my first day back at work?
When you were pregnant, going back to work once your baby was born probably seemed like no big deal. But now you have an actual baby at home, and it probably seems a lot more daunting. Here are some tips to ease the transition. Learn More

How much time will I need at work for pumping?
Going back to work after having a baby can take a lot of planning. One aspect of this is figuring out how to fit pumping into your work day. Learn More

How can I keep up my milk production long term?
Many employed mothers who pump at work worry about meeting their long-term breastfeeding goals. Learn More

If I can't pump during my full-time work hours, what should I do?
If work or life circumstances prevent you from pumping at work, and you’ll be away from your baby long enough for your breasts to feel uncomfortably full, you can still breastfeed during the hours you and your baby are together. Learn More

Exclusive Pumping

How can I use a pump to reach full milk production?
After birth, you may feel sad if you find yourself faced with a pump rather than your nursing baby. It may help to think of the pump as a useful tool that can help you get ready for breastfeeding. Learn More

What do I need to know to maintain my milk production with a pump?
If your baby is not yet ready to breastfeed, don’t despair. Your pump can help you keep your milk at this level until your baby is ready. To do this, it may help to understand how milk production works. Learn More

Now that I'm at full milk production, what next?
You achieved full milk production. You’ve maintained it for a time. Now what do you do? Learn More