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How to Fix a Medela Pump

author image Joshua McCarron
Joshua McCarron has been writing both online and offline since 1995. He has been employed as a copywriter since 2005 and in that position has written numerous blogs, online articles, websites, sales letters and news releases. McCarron graduated from York University in Toronto with a bachelor's degree in English.
How to Fix a Medela Pump
The materials of a medela breast pump on table. Photo Credit Pilin_Petunyia/iStock/Getty Images

Using a breast pump to express milk in times when you are away from your baby is a good way to ensure he gets optimum nutrition all the time. Breast milk contains the perfect ratio of nutrients for your baby to grow properly. Medela is a brand name breast pump that offers a few different styles to accommodate different lifestyles. Medela pumps are typically reliable, but sometimes problems occur and a quick fix is necessary to get it back in working order.

Low Suction or No Suction

Step 1

Shut off the pump and unplug it, if you experience low or no suction.

Step 2

Inspect all of the parts of the pump to ensure they are all secure.

Step 3

Look to see that the white membrane is flat against the yellow valve head.

Step 4

Check that the faceplate is clean and that the ends of the tubing at the back of the breast shields are secure.

Back Up of Milk

Step 1

Turn off the breast pump and unplug it from the wall if you notice milk backing up into the unit.

Step 2

Remove and take apart the tubing, membrane cap and protective membrane.

Step 3

Wash the parts in soapy water, then rinse off in clear, cold water. Shake everything out and let it air dry.

Step 4

Inspect the valve membranes to see they are clean and not damaged. Wipe the motorized part of the pump with a damp cloth, but don’t immerse it in water.

Step 5

Run the breast pump for one or two minutes with the tubing attached if condensation forms during use.

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