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Breast Pump Education

An Overview

Learn more about the benefits offered by the Madela Freestyle breast pump. This pump is very mobile and can be easily attached to your belt to allow you to pump even as you do chores around the house. 

How to Assemble:

Follow the step by step process shown in this video to set up your Madela Freestyle breast pump. Be sure to properly clean the components of your pump before completing your setup. Cleaning tips can be found in a separate video below.

How to Use:

In this video, you will learn more about how to use your Madela Freestyle pump for single pumping and double pumping. This video also covers properly sizing your breast shield, adjusting the pump's speed/vacuum level, and what you can expect at each phase of the pumping process. 

This video covers how you can use the Madela Pump In Style Advanced breast pump from cleaning and preparing the equipment for use to how to correctly operate the pump. 

How to Clean:

Follow the steps shown in this video to properly clean your Madela Freestyle breast pump. The video includes tips for how to disassemble your pump's components and a step-by-step cleaning guide. 

Tips and Troubleshooting:

Please watch this video if you are experiencing any issues with your Madela Freestyle breast pump. The video covers how to troubleshoot potential issues that you may encounter with your breast pump, including low suction, charging your pump's battery, and what to do if your pump isn't turning on properly.

Breast Pump FAQs

What Types of Breast Pump Can I Choose From? 

In general, there are two types of breast pumps for new mothers to use at home – electronic breast pumps and manual breast pumps. 

What Are the Pros and Cons of Electronic Breast Pumps? 


  • The pumping action is automatic, which doesn’t take as much work as manual pumps.  

  • Some models allow you to pump both breasts at once to save time. 

  • Being able to pump both breasts at once can help increase your milk supply. 

  • Electric breast pumps can be corded or battery operated so you can pump when it’s convenient for you. 


  • Electronic breast pumps are more expensive than manual pumps 

  • Electronic pumps can weigh more than manual pumps 

  • Electronic pumps can make more noise than manual pumps

What Are the Pros and Cons of Manual Breast Pumps 


  • Manual pumps are a cheaper option compared to electronic pumps 

  • Manual pumps weigh less and are easier to transport 

  • Because they have fewer components, manual pumps are easier to clean and sterilize 

  • Manual pumps run quieter than electric pumps 

  • Manual pumps serve as a great backup option if your primary pump isn’t working properly 


  • Manual breast pumps can be slower than electronic pumps 

  • Manual pumps take more effort to get the milk out 

  • Manual pumping can get tiresome 

Is it Safe More Me to Use Someone Else’s Breast Pump or a Used Pump? 

We never recommend using someone else’s equipment or used supplies. You don’t know how any used equipment has been sterilized. To avoid any bacteria and viruses, we recommend you only use your own equipment that you have sterilized. 

When should I first start pumping? 

This depends on the circumstances of your child’s birth and your plan. If your child can start breastfeeding on a normal schedule, you do not need to start pumping right away. However, if you and your child need to be separated at birth, especially for premature births, it is best to start pumping within the first 3 hours after your child is born. Pumping will help you collect milk as your supply slowly increases. 

How Do I Clean My Breast Pump Supplies? 

Before the first use of a new pump, you should disinfect all your components. You can clean these components by hand using warm water and soap and rinsing them all thoroughly. Then, let the components air dry. If you have a dishwasher, you can also wash your components and collection bottles in the dishwasher on a hot water setting with a heated drying setting. 

How Do I Store My Breast Milk? 

Once you’re finished pumping, make sure all the collection bottles or bags are properly sealed. Then, label the collection with the date and time. You then need to immediately place your sealed breast milk container in a cool place. If you’re at home, place them in the fridge or freezer. If you’re away from home, make sure you can at least place your milk in a cooler bag with ice packs until you get home.  


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