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Learn the Names of the Breast Pump Parts
1. Tubing Adapter – The tubing adapter attaches to the base of the breast pump motor. The tubing adapter has a cap to close off one tubing so that you can use the breast pump as a single sided breast pump. This part doesn’t need to be washed.
2. Tubing – The tubing attaches your breast shields to the motor. Note: Do not wash or boil this part.
3. Diaphragm - The diaphragm is a silicone tube that acts as a protective barrier keeping contaminants away from your breast milk. It also keeps the milk from backing up into the tubing. Place the diaphragm into the breast shield.
4. Adapter Cap – The adapter cap is a small white plastic piece. It fits over the top of the diaphragm and into the breast flange. The tubing attaches to the adapter cap. Do not wash or boil this part.
5. Breast Shield – The breast shield or flange is a clear plastic piece that looks similar to a funnel. The diaphragm and adapter cap attaches to the top of the flange. And the valve goes on the bottom. Place the funnels on your breasts when you are ready to pump.
5. Valves – The valves are small white pieces, that attach to the bottom of the breast shield. Gently push the valve to avoid damage.
6. Bottle – The bottle attaches to the bottom of the breast shield. Carefully screw the bottle onto it.
How to Use the Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump
The Ameda Purely Yours breast pump comes with several different sizes of breast shields. Find the breast shield that fits properly. To determine if you are using the correct size flange, place the flange to your breast. It should cover most of your areola and the nipple should be in the middle. If your nipple touches the sides, then you will need to use a larger sized flange. A flange that is too large, try a smaller sized flange.
To get started, assemble the breast pump parts. Attach the tubing to the base of the pump motor, the tubing goes on the right side of the pump. Then place the breast flanges on your breast and create an air tight seal. This is important, if you don’t have an air tight seal, the breast pump will not operate correctly.
Attached the A/C adapter, battery pack, or car adapter. The power goes on the left side of the breast pump, if you are using the A/C adapter or car charger.
To turn on the breast pump, turn the suction dial to the right until the light turns on. Adjust the suction levels until the suction feels slightly uncomfortable. Then reduce the suction slightly so that pumping is comfortable.
Then adjust the speed, when you first start pumping you will want to set the speed to the fastest setting. This simulates a baby’s rapid sucking motion when they first latch onto the breast. Once your milk lets down, then you can adjust the speed to a slower pumping rhythm. The slower rhythm mimics a baby’s slower, deeper sucking motions. Once, the milk slows back down to a trickle, turn the speed setting back to the fastest setting to trigger another milk let down. Once the milk lets down again, turn the speed down to a slower setting. Repeat as necessary.
Turn off the pump by turning the suction dial all the way to the left.