Bra pads
What are the instructions for washing the Medela 100% Cotton Bra Pads?

Medela washable bra pads can be machine washed warm with like colours.  Tumble dry.

What are the Medela disposable bra pads made out of?

Medela disposable bra pads are made of super absorbent materials that prevent leakage and maintain dryness.  A soft layer keeps moisture away from the breast for added comfort.  Includes a leak-resistant pocket and extra liner that provide added protection.  Individually wrapped for hygiene and convenience.

Breast-Shells
How do I clean the Medela breast-shells?

Before first use every day

SoftShells™ should be sanitized once a day. For both Inverted Nipple and Sore Nipple Kits.

 

If you have just used the SoftShells, the foam inserts must be cleaned separately before sanitizing. Squeeze the milk out of the foam, then rinse them twice with clean cold water. Dry them by squeezing between a clean cloth or paper towel. Separate and place the silicone back and dome in a small pan filled with cold water. Distilled water is recommended. Bring the water to a boil and allow it to continue boiling for approximately 10 minutes. Drain off the water and place parts on a clean cloth to dry.

 

For Quicker Cleaning

Medela offers Quick Clean™ Micro‑Steam™ bags for daily kit disinfection and Quick Clean wipes for cleaning before and after each pumping session. Shells and backs can be put in the top rack of a dishwasher or an autoclave. Do not place foam inserts in a dishwasher, Quick Clean Micro-Steam or autoclave.

 

Between uses during the day

If you are leaking, special care must be taken to avoid the build-up of dried breastmilk on the shell parts and in the foam inserts. If the foam inserts become saturated, separate the shells, backs and inserts. The shells and backs should be washed with a mild soap or detergent in warm water, rinsed thoroughly in cold water and dried. Squeeze the milk out of the foam, then rinse them twice with clean cold water. Dry them by squeezing between a clean cloth or paper towel.

How do I use Medela breast shells?

Only wear breastshells during waking hours.  The reason that you would only wear them during the day is so that you do not have to worry about lying on them or having them shift.  If they shift they could apply pressure to the wrong area. If you are awake, you will know if they have moved out of place or if the pressure is too much and be able to adjust them.

If using the SoftShells, do not feed the milk collected in the foam insert to the baby.  Discard this milk.

For inverted nipples, begin wearing the breast shells during the last couple of weeks of pregnancy (contact your healthcare provider before pre-natal use).  Continue to wear them after the baby is born between feedings, until your baby latches on to the breast without difficulty.

For sore nipples, breast shells can be worn continuously between breastfeeding sessions.

What material are the Medela breast shells made out of?

TheraShell backings are made of soft, flexible silicone backs and include both backings for sore and inverted nipples.  The domes are made of polypropylene.

SoftShells are sold with only one type of backing, either sore or inverted. The SoftShell backings are also made of soft, flexible silicone backs, but have a more flattering contour under your clothing.

Breastmilk Bottles
Can bottle liners be used with Medela breastmilk bottles?

Medela does not suggest the use of bottle liners as anything placed into the bottle can interfere with the valve assembly causing lack of suction.  If you wish to use a bottle liner, pump into Medela bottles and then pour the collected breastmilk into the bottle liner.

 

This Question Applies to:

Breastmilk Bottle Set - 8 oz

Breastmilk Bottle Single - 5 oz

Breastmilk Feeding Gift Set

Breastmilk Storage Solution™

Breastmilk Bottles

Why is Medela Calma available in only 1 size?

Multiple nipple sizes are not required as the baby controls the flow of milk through vacuum.  The baby will apply more or less vacuum to Calma as its need for milk changes throughout breastfeeding duration.

This Question Applies to:

Calma® Breastmilk Feeding Set with 5 oz Bottle

Calma®

Calma® - Breastmilk Feeding Nipple

What are the Medela breastmilk bottles made out of?

Medela breastmilk bottles are made of FDA food contact grade polypropylene.  Medela bottles are BPA-Free and designed for safe feeding and long-term storage of breastmilk.

 

Polypropylene has a recycle number of 5 or PP stamped into the plastic item.  Medela only uses new, virgin materials in manufacturing of all products.

 

This Question Applies to:

Breastmilk Bottle Set - 8 oz

Breastmilk Bottle Single - 5 oz

Breastmilk Storage Solution™

Breastmilk Feeding Gift Set

Breastmilk Bottles

Is Medela Calma compatible with all Medela bottles/containers?

Calma is compatible with all Medela containers, including the Colostrum containers, 80 ml, 5 oz and 8 oz bottles.

 

This Question Applies to:

Calma® Breastmilk Feeding Set with 5 oz Bottle

Calma®

Calma® - Breastmilk Feeding Nipple

 

Can Medela Calma only be used with breastmilk?

Calma has been designed to be exclusively used with breastmilk and as such we cannot attest to Calma being used with other food.

 

This Question Applies to:

Calma® Breastmilk Feeding Set with 5 oz Bottle

Calma®

Calma® - Breastmilk Feeding Nipple

How do I clean the Medela breastmilk bottles?

Cleaning

 

Prior to first use, bring water to boil then place lids & bottles in boiling water for 10 minutes.

For regular cleaning, all components may be washed on top rack of dishwasher.  Labelling lids and breastmilk bottles may be sanitized in boiling water for 10 minutes.  To hand wash, rinse in cool water to remove breastmilk, wash in warm soapy water and rinse with clear water.  Air dry in clean area and store when not in use.  Do NOT store wet or damp parts.  Labelling lids and breastmilk bottles may also be sanitized using a Quick Clean™ Micro-Steam™ bag.

 

Safety

 

Always test temperature of breastmilk before feeding to your baby.

Always inspect the bottle, nipple and other components before and after each use.

To prevent possible choking hazard, test strength of nipple by pulling on bulb portion. If nipples appear cracked or torn, discontinue use immediately.

Infants must not be bottle fed without adult supervision.

Do not allow child to walk or run with bottle.

Do not let child take bottle to bed or self-feed for long periods of time.

Do not attempt to enlarge the nipple hole.

Nipples should not be used as pacifiers.

IMPORTANT:  Plastic bottles and component parts become brittle when frozen and may break when dropped.  Also, bottles and component parts may become damaged if mishandled, e.g. dropped, over-tightened, or knocked over.  Take appropriate care in handling bottles and components.  Do not use the breastmilk if bottles or components become damaged.

 

 

This Question Applies to:

Breastmilk Feeding Gift Set

Breastmilk Storage Solution™

Breastmilk Bottles

80 mL Breastmilk Freezing & Storage Retail Pack

Can Medela Calma be used with other manufacturer's bottles on the market?

Calma has been designed to be used with Medela's bottles and containers.  We have not done testing on other manufacturer's containers.  You may find that you can thread Calma onto other bottles but you may find that this combination may leak or cause other issues.  We do not recommend using Calma with any other manufacturer containers.

 

 This Question Applies to:

Calma® Breastmilk Feeding Set with 5 oz Bottle

Calma®

Calma® - Breastmilk Feeding Nipple

Breast shields
What are the Medela breast shields made of?

The Personal Fit breast shields are made of Polypropylene.

How do I choose the correct size Medela breast shield?

Click here for more information about choosing the right size breast shield.

How do I clean the Personal Fit breast shields?

Before using for the first time, clean and sanitize kit parts: breast shields, breast shield connectors, white membranes, yellow valves, breastmilk bottles and lids.

 

CAUTION: Take apart and wash all parts that come in contact with your breast and breastmilk immediately after use to avoid dry up of milk residues and to prevent growth of bacteria.

CAUTION: Only use drinking quality-tap or bottled water for cleaning.

CAUTION: Do not store wet or damp parts as mold may develop.

 

Clean

 

Clean breast pump kit parts after each use.

  1. Disassemble all parts.
  2. Rinse in cool water all separated parts that came in contact with your breast and breastmilk in order to remove breastmilk residue.
  3. Washing options: Wash in sink or dishwasher.
  4. Washing in sink:
  • Soak all separated parts in warm soapy water for 5 minutes.
  • Clean with a clean dish-cloth or soft brush.
  • Rinse all separated parts with clear water.
  • Allow all parts to air dry in a clean area.
  • Store dry parts when not in use.
  1. Washing in dishwasher:
  • Wash all separated parts on top rack of dishwasher.
  • Allow all breast pump parts to air dry in a clean area.
  • Store dry parts when not in use.

Sanitize

 

Sanitize breast pump kit parts once daily.

  1. Fill a pot with enough water to cover all parts.
  2. Bring water to a boil.
  3. Place parts in boiling water for 10 minutes.
  4. Allow water to cool and gently remove parts from water with tongs.
  5. Place parts on a clean surface and/or towel.
  • Allow parts to air dry
  • Store parts when not in use.
  • Do NOT store wet or damp parts.

Or you may sanitize your kit parts by following the instructions on Medela’s Quick Clean™ Micro-Steam™ bag.

 

Safety

 

Always test temperature of breastmilk before feeding to your baby.

Always inspect the bottle, nipple and other components before and after each use.

To prevent possible choking hazard, test strength of nipple by pulling on bulb portion. If nipples appear cracked or torn, discontinue use immediately.

Infants must not be bottle fed without adult supervision.

Do not allow child to walk or run with bottle.

Do not let child take bottle to bed or self-feed for long periods of time.

Do not attempt to enlarge the nipple hole.

Nipples should not be used as pacifiers

Double electric – pump in styled advance
What do I do if milk gets in the tubing of my Medela?

Inspect tubing after each pumping session. Clean tubing if there is any sign of condensation and/or milk.

 

CAUTION: Do not store wet or damp parts as mold may develop.

NOTE: Tubing should be washed if dirty or milk is present.

  1. Turn off breast pump
  2. Unplug breast pump from power source.
  3. Remove tubing by pulling straight out of tubing ports. Do not wiggle or pull tubing at an angle.
  4. Remove tubing from breast shield.
  5. Rinse tubing in cool water to remove breastmilk.
  6. Wash tubing in warm soapy water.
  7. Rinse tubing with clear water.
  8. Hang to air dry
How long will the battery last on the Medela Pump In Style?

The Pump In Style Battery Pack is intended for use with Pump In Style breast pumps (manufactured in January 2008 and later) ONLY.

The Battery Pack uses 8 AA alkaline batteries, or, for more consistent pump performance, use rechargeable batteries.

Each will provide approximately 2 hours of pumping time. It is recommended that batteries be replaced or recharged between the 10th and 12th pumping session.

What materials are the Medela kits and bottles made out of?

Medela breastmilk bottles and all our products that come in contact with breastmilk are and always have been 100 percent BPA-Free. Medela breastmilk bottles, storage containers, feeding products and breast pump kits are made with polypropylene. All existing research maintains that polypropylene is safe.

Does altitude affect the suction level of my Medela?

The higher the altitude, the more chance the suction level will decrease.

What do I do if milk gets behind the faceplate on the Medela Pump In Style?

Clean the faceplate monthly. Also, inspect tubing after each pumping session. Clean tubing and faceplate if there is any sign of condensation and/or milk.

 

CAUTION: Do not store wet or damp parts as mold may develop.

NOTE: Tubing should be washed if dirty or milk is present.

NOTE: Make sure faceplate and diaphragm are completely dry before reseating.

NOTE: The faceplate must be seated correctly and snapped together at all connection points. This ensures the pump will have adequate vacuum and optimum performance.

  1. Turn off breast pump
  2. Unplug breast pump from power source.
  3. Remove tubing by pulling straight out of tubing ports. Do not wiggle or pull tubing at an angle.
  4. Remove tubing from breast shield.
  5. Rinse tubing in cool water to remove breastmilk.
  6. Wash tubing in warm soapy water.
  • Rinse tubing with clear water.
  • Hang to air dry.
  1. Snap off the faceplate using the thumb tab.
  2. Soak in warm soapy water for 5 minutes.
  • Clean with a clean dish-cloth or soft brush
  • Rinse parts with clear water.
  • Allow to air dry in a clean area.
  1. Wipe diaphragm with a clean (no soap), damp cloth.
  • Allow to air dry in a clean area.
  1. Locate the 3 connection points on the reverse side of the faceplate and on the pump.
  2. Align connection points and hold back of pump with one hand while pushing on the faceplate until it snaps into place.
How do I dry & store the Medela breast pump kit?

Allow all breast pump kit parts to air dry in a clean area and store dry parts when not in use.  Do NOT store wet or damp parts.

Is there a quicker way to clean the Medela breast pump kit?

You can use Quick Clean™ Soap, Quick Clean Wipes or Quick Clean Micro-Steam™ bags. Please follow instructions included with each of the Quick Clean products.

What do I do if there is low or no suction when pumping with the Medela Pump In Style?

Make sure all connections of the kit and breast pump are secure.

If single pumping, make sure the port plug is placed into one of the single pumping ports.

Make sure white membrane is lying flat against the yellow valve head.  Check that the yellow valve head is clean and not damaged.  Refer to the assembly instructions.

Make sure the diaphragm cap or faceplate on the front of the breast pump fits evenly and securely.

Make sure the ends of the tubing’s are fit securely into the backs of the breast shields and into the ports on the diaphragm cap or faceplate.

What will happen if I use a universal power adaptor with my Medela Pump In Style Advanced breast pump?

Using a universal power adaptor with Pump In Style Advanced may result in breast pump motor damage and unpredictable operation.

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