How do I use it?

How to use:

Before using your BreastBud, sterilize it by boiling in hot water for five minutes or steam sterilizing it. Once it has cooled down, you are ready to attach the BreastBud to your breast. Do NOT attach it while it is hot. 

Step 1. To attach it, place the flange over your breast with your nipple in the neck of the Breastbud.

Step 2. Put up to your breast

Try to come at your breast from below like your baby would – just imagine bringing a baby chin first to the breast. Do that with the BreastBud. Try not to let your nipple touch the silicone to avoid friction .

Step 3. Once you are happy with the position, squeeze the round body of the BreastBud and release to create suction with the amount of pressure to suit your needs.

You will feel the pressure of the suction and can release and try again if it’s too strong. The tighter you squeeze the bulb, the stronger the suction will be. 

Step 4. Flip flange onto the breast and your good to go! 

Once it is attached comfortably, you should start to see milk begin to drip into the bulb.

Notes:

  • If you’ve got your BreastBud positioned comfortably but no milk is coming there are a few things you can do to help it  along. Start by squeezing and massaging your breast to encourage let down or, if you find gentle heat helpful, apply a warm flannel.
  • You can also try re-positioning the pump to try and target different milk ducts. By moving the pump slightly to the left or right or a little higher or just angling it a little differently as you attach it, you can change where the pressure of the vacuum is hitting your breast and that can make a difference to your letdown.
  • If you’re pumping with a traditional manual or electric breast pump and using the BreastBud on the other side, then the other option is to switch sides.  Sometimes you’ll find that one breast responds better to a certain kind of stimulation than to another.
  • So you might find that you’re getting loads and loads of milk with your BreastBud on one side and loads of milk with your manual or electric pump on the other side and then it slows right down or even stops. If that happens, just switch sides. The new sensation of a different kind of stimulation on you breast can get the milk to start flowing again even though it had almost stopped.
  • If you’re using the BreastBud pump while nursing,  you could do the same thing –  just switch baby on to the other side and put the BreastBud where the baby had been. (Your baby might not be too happy, though.)