Lactina® Select Breastpump FAQs

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Breastshields

  • How do I choose the right size breastshield?
    • Click here for more information about choosing the right size breastshield.

Cleaning / Sanitizing

  • How do I clean the breastpump kit?
    • 1.  Finish pumping.

      • While the pump is still running, disconnect tubing from breastshields.
      • Continue to let pump run for 2 minutes with tubing attached.  This will eliminate condensation that naturally results from humidity.

      2.  Take apart kit and store breastmilk.

      • With tubing still connected to pump, separate all parts of your kit that come in contact with your breast or breastmilk (breastshields, connectors, bottles, valves, membranes).

      3.  Wash kit.

      • Rinse all separated parts in cool water to remove breastmilk.
      • Wash and Rinse all separated parts in warm, soapy water.
      • Rinse all separated parts with clear water.

      -OR-

      • Wash all separated parts on top rack of dishwasher.
  • How do I sanitize the breastpump kit?
    • If sanitizing your kit, separate all parts that come in contact with your breast or breastmilk and boil for 10 minutes.  (Boiling may cause tubing to become foggy or cloudy.  This does not affect the function of the tubing.)

      All parts that come in contact with your breast or breastmilk are dishwasher save as long as they are secure on the top rack away from the heating element.

      You can also follow the instructions on Medela's Quick Clean™ Micro-Steam™ bag.

  • Is there a quicker way to clean the breastpump kit?
    • You can use Medela's Quick Clean™ wipes between pumping sessions and then clean your kit once you get home.  Follow instructions on Quick Clean package.

  • How do I dry & store the breastpump kit?
    • Allow all breastpump kit parts to air dry in a clean area and store dry parts when not in use.  Do NOT store wet or damp parts.

  • How do I clean the tubing?
    • Inspect tubing after each pumping session. Clean tubing if there is any sign of condensation and/or milk.

      CAUTION: If tubing becomes moldy, discontinue use and replace tubing. Contact Medela Customer Service at 1-800-435-8316.
      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 breastpump
      2.     Unplug breastpump 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 breastshield.
      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.
  • How do I clean the Lactina carrying case?
    • Medela suggests a cleaner like our Cavicide, Quick Clean wipe or a wet, soapy cloth.

  • Do I need to clean the Piston/Cylinder assembly?
    • Care for your piston and cylinder after every few pumping sessions with the Lactina breastpump or manual breastpump.
       
      • Wash the cylinder, rubber seal, and vacuum regulator ring with warm soapy water.
       
      • Rotate the piston in the cylinder.
       
      • If your piston/cylinder comes in contact with breastmilk remove and wash with breastpump kit.
       
      • Do not use Quick Clean™ Micro-steam™ bag to sanitize the piston and cylinder.
  • How do I clean or sanitize my breastpump parts?
    • Before using for the first time, clean and sanitize kit parts: breastshields, breastshield 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 breastpump kit parts after each use.

      1.     Separate breastshields from breastshield connectors.
      2.     Twist and pull the yellow valves off of the breastshield connectors.
      3.     Remove the white membranes from the yellow valves.
      4.     Rinse in cool water all separated parts that came in contact with your breast and breastmilk in order to remove breastmilk residue.
      5.     Washing options: Wash in sink or dishwasher.
      a.     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.
      b.    Washing in dishwasher:
      ·   Wash all separated parts on top rack of dishwasher.
      ·   Allow all breastpump parts to air dry in a clean area.
      ·   Store dry parts when not in use.
      Sanitize
      Sanitize breastpump 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.

Hands-Free Pumping

Materials

  • What materials are the 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.

Misc. Questions & Answers

  • Can I get replacement clips for the Lactina Carrying Case?
    • Medela generally sends these out at no charge. The clips that seal the carrying case can break and can be replaced easily.  Slide out the old and slide in the replacement.

  • Does altitude affect the suction level?
    • The higher the altitude, the more chance the suction level will decrease.

  • Why can't I adjust the speed with the Vehicle Lighter Adapter?
    • When operating the Lactina Select with the vehicle lighter adapter, the speed cannot be adjusted.

  • How much milk should I produce?
    • In the past it was thought that mothers needed to make more and more milk as their babies grew.  Scientists now know that a healthy milk supply remains fairly constant over the six (6) months of exclusive breastfeeding.  Your baby will take the amount he needs.

      During the early weeks, babies eat very frequently and grow very quickly.  By day 10-14, babies should regain any weight they lost after birth.  For the next few months babies will gain about an ½ ounce to 1 ounce a day. 

      Around three (3) to four (4) months, a breastfed baby’s rate of grown begins to slow down.  Your milk supply will continue to satisfy the baby until it is time to introduce solids at 6 months.

      Be the end of the first week of life, women who are breastfeeding one baby normally make between 19 to 30 ounces of milk each day.  Infants between one (1) and six (6) months of age normally drink an average of 19 to 30 ounces a day. 

      An average size “meal” for a baby is between three (3) to five (5) ounces of breastmilk.  Formula is harder to digest and less well absorbed.  Formula fed babies may need larger feeds.  Consult your healthcare professional for advice.

Product Usage

  • How long can breastmilk be kept in a cooler carrier?
      • You can safely store your breastmilk for up to 10 hours* with Pump In Style Advanced and Freestyle breastpump cooler bags.   *When Ice pack is frozen solid.
      • Direct exposure to the sun, like leaving the cooler in a car, severely reduces the cooling effectiveness. 
      • Breastmilk is safe stored in a cooler at/or below 59 degrees for up to 24 hours.
      • The liquid inside the cooling elements is water with food grade dye.  The liquid is non-toxic.
      • Medela does not have recommendations for storing breastmilk with dry ice.  Consult a lactation consultant or healthcare provider for further information.
         

Traveling

  • Can I travel internationally with the Lactina breastpump?
    • The Lactina Select can be used with a power converter for that country.

Troubleshooting

  • What do I do if there is low or no suction when pumping with the Lactina?
      1. Make sure all connections of kit and breastpump are secure.
      2. Make sure membrane is lying flat against valve head. Refer to the assembly instructions.
      3. Make sure the clear ends of the tubing fit securely into breastshield assemblies and the other ends into the ports on the pump connector.
      4. In the US, please email Customer Service or call 1-800-435-8316. In Canada, call Medela at 800-435-8316 or 905-608-7272. In other countries, contact your local distributor or the location where you purchased your pump, or visit Medela on the internet.
  • The arm on the Lactina is sticking. What do I need to do?
    • For effective operation of your Lactina pump, take care of your piston and cylinder after every few pumping sessions.  Wash the cylinder, rubber seal, and vacuum regulator ring with warm soapy water.  Rotate the piston in the cylinder.

  • My Lactina has no power -- how do I replace the fuse?
    • The Lactina pumps have a power fuse on the bottom of the pump. The black cap can be removed with a coin and the fuse can be replaced with a 1.25 amp fuse.

Tubing

  • What do I do if milk gets in the tubing?
    •  

      Inspect tubing after each pumping session. Clean tubing if there is any sign of condensation and/or milk.
      CAUTION: If tubing becomes moldy, discontinue use and replace tubing. Contact Medela Customer Service at 1-800-435-8316.
      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 breastpump.
      2.     Unplug breastpump 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 breastshield.
      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.

       

  • What do I do if condensation appears in the tubing?
    • To eliminate condensation after you have completed pumping, continue running the pump with the tubing(s) attached for another 2 minutes or until dry.