How Do I Know If The Flange Is Too Big?

Why do my nipples swell when I pump?

A bit of swelling that goes away after a few minutes is normal due to your nipple being under constant latch and surrounded in breast milk during the pumping session.

If the swelling does not resolve within 15 – 30 minutes, you may be using the wrong size Flange..

How do you know if you need smaller flanges?

Otherwise, your flange could be too small. If your nipple is able to move freely in the tunnel you may notice a bit of areola pulling into the tunnel with each pump cycle. If there is no areola movement, your flange might be too small, and if there is too much movement, it might be too big.

How do I know if I’m using the right flange size?

How to Know If Your Breast Flanges are the Right SizeFinding the proper size for a breast flange is based on the diameter of the nipple, not the areola (the softer pigmented skin around the nipple). … When the nipple is suctioned into the tunnel, these sensitive tissues should be able to move freely with no rubbing against the sides.More items…•

How long should you pump?

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.

How do I know what size flange to get?

For the perfect breast pump flange fit, start measuring your nipple with a ruler or tape (do not measure the areola!). Then put your measurement into the tool and wait for the results. The correct flange diameter is 3 to 4 millimeters larger than the nipple.

How do I know my breast flange size?

Understanding Medela Breast Shield SizesThe starting point for choosing the correct breast shield is to determine your optimal size based on your nipple diameter.Using a ruler or measuring tape, measure the diameter (or distance straight across the middle) of your nipple at the base, in millimeters.

Are my breast pump flanges too big?

The important part to watch for sizing is the width of the opening. Watch your nipple during a pumping session to check your fit: Too small: Some or all of your nipple rubs against the sides of the flange while pumping. Too big: Your nipple moves freely, with space around it.

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.

Can flange size change?

Flange Sizing 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 flange size do I need Spectra?

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