How do I pump with a hand or electric pump?
To use a new hand or electric breast pump, mothers begin by washing their hands and all the parts of the pump that will be in contact with the mother or her milk. Start pumping with the lowest suction strength, increase it gradually until it is no longer comfortable, and then decrease it slightly. The milk should start flowing within 30 seconds after starting. Pump until the breasts are empty, which is within 10 to 20 minutes on each breast. Mothers should pump for two minutes after the milk stops flowing and until the breasts are soft and they have collected the expected amount of milk. If it takes more than 20 minutes or is painful, their technique may need adjusting.