If you’re here because you just finished reading Exclusively Pumping Essentials, then you must be interested in learning even more about breast pump parts and equipment.
Below you will get a further look at the equipment options for extra pumping supplies and details on each part.
I hope you’ll find that this in-depth and descriptive round-up of pump parts helps you to make better sense of all the pumping supplies and equipment there is!
Breast Pump Parts, Supplies and Equipment
There are so many additional parts and attachments that can help you with your exclusively pumping journey.
Breast pump parts can be very confusing for a beginner. I can relate to not having a clue about any of them at first.
I’ll show you what parts are available and how to use them and when to change them.
The Breast Pump Parts:
- Back flow protectors
- Valves and membranes
- Breastshields and Connectors
- Pumpin’ Pals
- Duckbill Valve
Scroll down the page to check current pricing of these items.
How do I use backflow protectors and what pumps are they compatible with?
These spaceship looking parts are designed to stop backflow of milk from entering into the tubing and causing mold and bacteria growth. Backflow can also ruin a pump if the breastmilk gets inside. These Maymom Backflow Protectors are compatible to be used with all Spectra pumps.
Valves and Membranes
How often should I replace the valves and membranes and what happens when I do?
These parts are specifically for Medela breastpumps. Valves and membranes should be replaced about once every 6-8 weeks or more frequently depending the type of use your breast pump is getting. I could easily change mine once a month. Keeping these parts new will hugely help with milk output as they are responsible for the suction capability of the pump.
Replacing the tubing isn’t something you need to do as frequently. A tip to keep the tubing and pump’s seal tight, cut the stretched end that goes onto the pump. After doing this so many times, the tubing loses length and that’s when it’s nice to replace it with a fresh set.
Why should I replace these parts?
I’ve had to size down my breastshields multiple times throughout the last nine months of exclusively pumping. Also, accidents happen. If you’re sanitizing your parts on the stove in a boiling pot of water and just so happen to forget about them for a few hours, you may just find yourself a melted blob of boobie parts. Thankfully, I have not does this, but I did just read a cute post in the exclusively pumping facebook group I’m in where a mom confessed to this happening to her.
If you decide to check out that Facebook group, feel free to join ours too! It’s a community for parents (mostly moms) with little ones who want to share tips on parenting and seek advice for anything pertaining to child rearing.
Freemies Collection Cups
These breastmilk collection cups make pumping on the go and maintaining your privacy possible! They are designed to slip into your bra and collect up to 8oz of breastmilk each! If you want to go for a bike ride and pump, now you can with Freemies!
Why would I need these attachments?
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These custom breastshield replacements for Medela flanges are designed to be more comfortable to wear. They keep elastic breast tissue from being pulled too deep into the flange. The sizes range from xs-m. They are angled downward to keep you in a more comfortable position while pumping that encourages more milk to flow.
These valves are compatible with almost every pump. They are much more durable than the valves and membranes shown above. Easy to remove and replace and it’s only one piece to have to wash. Superior suction.
Breast Pump Parts and Equipment Round Up
Breast pump parts definitely come with a learning curve if you’re new to pumping. I hope you feel more equipped and knowledgable about pumping supplies and equipment and how better to use them.
Again, the extra pumping supplies parts and equipment we went over were:
- Backflow protectors (Spectra pumps only)
- Valves and membranes (medela pumps only)
- Medela replacement tubing
- Breastshields and connectors
- Freemie collection cups
- Pumpin’ pals
- Duckbill valves
Use the links above to check current pricing on Amazon.