The first simplest pump developed by Medela. Piston pump is suitable for breastfeeding mothers who are breastfeeding occasionally or for short time.
• Tried-and-trusted: on the market for more than 25 years
• Individual: ideal for occasional manual pumping
• Convenient: adjustable vacuum levels make pleasant pumping possible
• Easy: 5 parts that are quick to assemble and clean
Ideal for occasional use
Buy Medela manual breastpump Base that has been on the market for more than 25 years. It has proved its worth as an ideal solution for mothers who stay with their baby most of the time and only have to pump occasionally.
Optimum convenience for at home or on the go
Whether you want an evening out or just want to go shopping - the manual breastpump Base provides the ideal solution for almost every mother. The manual breastpump is also an alternative to direct breastfeeding if you have health problems like flat or inverted nipples.
Simple pumping, cleaning and assembly
The small manual breast pump Base is easy to use and transport. The adjustable vacuum levels enable comfortable pumping. The Base manual breastpump consists of only 5 parts, it is intuitive to assemble and cleaning is straightforward and fast.
- Snap membrane onto valve until membrane lies completely flat.
- Push assembled valve and membrane onto breastshield. Ensure sidewise position of valve as indicated on picture.
- Screw bottle into breastshield.
- Slip rubber seal onto piston until it snaps into place – the larger side faces the handle. To ensure proper seal, hold rubber seal firmly and twist piston
- Slide vacuum regulator ring onto cylinder.
- Slide piston into cylinder.
- Screw cylinder into breastshield.
- Be comfortably seated and relax. Use a footrest, when pumping or when feeding your baby. Elevating your feet puts you into proper sitting position to avoid stress on the lower back and perineum.
- Center your breastshield over your nipple. Do not tilt or overfill bottles when pumping
- Set the vacuum regulator to minimum and start pumping.
- Adjust the vacuum to your Maximum Comfort Vacuum™. This is the highest vacuum you can use and still feel comfortable (different for every mother). To find your Maximum Comfort Vacuum increase vacuum until pumping feels slightly uncomfortable (not painful), then decrease slightly.
- Research has shown that you will pump more efficiently – meaning get more milk in less time – when pumping at Maximum Comfort Vacuum™.
- Once finished pumping disassemble the pump kit items. Close the bottle and store it for later use.
- Use bottle stand to prevent tip over.
Cleaning and Hygiene
• Use drinking water quality for any of the following described cleaning procedures.
• Clean parts immediately after use to avoid dry up of milk residues and to prevent from growth of bacteria.
• Disassemble all parts prior to cleaning.
• Especially be sure to remove the yellow valve head from the breastshield and separate the white valve membrane from the valve head.
Prior to first
• Disassemble, wash and rinse all parts of your pump kit that use and come in contact with the breast and milk .once daily
Place parts in a saucepan of sufficient capacity.
• Fill with cold water until the parts are well covered. Optionally, a tea spoon of citric acid may be added to avoid a build-up of limescale.
• Heat it up and allow to boil for 5 minutes.
• Remove from stove and drain water off.
• Dry parts with a clean towel. Alternatively, the disassembled parts can be sanitized in top rack of dishwasher or steam-sterilized. Note: Food colorings may discolor components which will not affect performance.
After each use
• Disassemble and handwash all parts of your pump kit that use come in contact with the breast and milk in warm, soapy water.
• Rinse in clear water.
• Dry parts with a clean towel.
• After cleaning, when parts are not in use, put in a clean zip lock bag or store in a container with lid.
• Alternatively, the parts can be wrapped in a clean paper or cloth towel.
• Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching the breast and pump parts.
• Avoid touching the inside of bottles and lids.
• Clean the breast and surrounding area with a damp cloth.
• Do not use soap or alcohol which can dry the skin and cause cracked nipples.
Storing and thawing breastmilk
4–6 hours at 19 to 26 °C ( 66 to 78 °F)
3–8 days at 4°C (39 °F) or lower
6–12 months at 8 to 20 °C (0 to 4 °F)
In refrigerator for 10 hour max. Do not refreeze!
Do not store breastmilk in the door of the refrigerator. Instead choose the coldest part of the refrigerator (this is at the back of the glass shelf above the vegetable compartment).
• You can freeze expressed breastmilk in milk bottles or “Pump & Save”* bags.
• Do not fill the bottles or bags more than 3/4 full to allow space for possible expansion.
• Label the bottles or “Pump & Save” bags with the date of expression.
• Do not thaw frozen breastmilk or do not warm breastmilk in a microwave or a pan of boiling water to avoid loss of vitamins, minerals and other important components and to prevent burns.
• ln order to preserve the components of the breastmilk, thaw the milk in the refrigerator overnight. Alternatively, you can hold the bottle or “Pump & Save” bag under warm water (max. 37 °C).
• Gently swirl the bottle or “Pump & Save” bag to mix any fat that has separated.
• Avoid shaking or stirring the milk.
Do not use breast pump if the answer is NO to below question:
-->Is your nipple moving freely in the tunnel?
-->Is minimal or no areolar tissue being pulled into the tunnel of the breastshield?
-->Do you see a gentle, rhythmical motion in the breast with each cycle of the pump?
-->Do you feel the breast emptying all over?
-->Is your nipple pain-free?
-->If you experience problems or pain during expression, consult your breastfeeding and lactation consultant or midwife.