Question: How Do I Know My Breast Flange Size?

What happens if flanges are too big?

If your breast pump flange is too big you may experience: Your areola could become pulled into the flange and tunnel.

Painful nipple pinching, pulling, and squeezing.

Lower breast milk production.

Your nipple or areola could become white or discolored..

What flange size do I need Spectra?

Your flange size should be 3-5mm larger than your nipple diameter. *Be sure to measure BEFORE pumping.

Should nipples be sore after pumping?

You may have brief pain (10-15 seconds) at the beginning of each pumping while the collagen fibers in your nipples stretch. You may have slight tenderness of the nipple. Some women may have an uncomfortable sensation when their milk releases or “letting down” which may feel like tingling or “pins and needles.”

Can you pump for too long?

If you’re an exclusively pumping mom, it’s probably okay to pump for more than 20-30 minutes. It’s a good idea to test things for yourself; stop if it starts to hurt. … (And read more on how long your pumping sessions should be here.)

How do I know what size breast flange to use?

If your nipple measures 16 mm in diameter, your recommended breast shield size is 21 mm. This is because the 21 mm shield fits nipples up to 17 mm in diameter. If your nipple diameter measures 24 mm, your recommended size would be 30 mm.

How do I know what size flange to get?

How to Find the Right Flange SizeDetermine the diameter of your nipple. The standard flange size is often 24mm, but you may need to select smaller or larger flanges based on your measurement.Compare the diameter of your nipple to the available flange size options.

Can flange size change?

It is important to note that you should not measure for flange size during pregnancy prior to baby’s birth because the size is likely to change after baby is born. You will also want to be aware that your flange size may change over time and you may have a different flange size for each breast.

What is the smallest flange size?

One-Piece Breastshield (19 mm, Extra Small) w/Valve, Membrane for Medela Breast Pumps (Pump in Style, Lactina, Symphony, Single Deluxe, Double Ease); Smaller Than Personalfit 21 mm; Made by Maymom.

How long should you pump for?

Aim to spend 15 to 20 minutes hooked up to the pump to net a good amount of breast milk (some women will need 30 minutes or more with the pump, especially in the early days). Pump until the milk starts slowing down and your breasts feel well-drained. Be sure to clean the breast flanges after every use.