Flange Sizes – Size Matters
When I embarked on the journey of flange sizing five years ago, I was stepping into uncharted territory. Many lactation consultants and IBCLCs were skeptical of the methods I recommended. But there’s one piece of advice I’ve always stood by: measure your nipples right before your next pump. This will make your pumping journey comfortable because size matters!
Why Timing Matters in Nipple Measurement
Think about it for a moment. If your current flanges are too large, you might experience what I call the “Nipple Ripple” – significant swelling of your nipple and areola. Measuring a swollen nipple won’t give you accurate results; it’s like trying to measure your foot right after running a marathon. So how do you make your pumping journey comfortable?
The Best Approach to Measuring
The solution. If you’re on a two-hour pumping schedule, take your nipple measurements just before your next session.
Why Measure Before Pumping?
Imagine measuring your nipples right after a half-hour pump session. They would be swollen, leading to measurements that are too large. To get the most accurate reading for your new flange sizes, you need to measure when your nipples are in their natural state. You will get the most accurate flange sizing results at this time.
Take a look at this: if your nipple appears small in the flange, almost as if the flange is too eager to engulf your areola, then it’s a sign that the flange is too big and what you are seeing is the Nipple Ripple. Once the pump is on, the suction focuses more on the areola rather than the nipple, causing immediate swelling. Flange sizing will be your next step.
The Risks of Using a Large Flange
Using flanges that are too large can lead to a host of problems – Nipple Ripple, blisters, cracks, bleeding, redness, discoloration, clogs, and even a decrease in milk supply. It can turn your pumping journey from a fulfilling experience into a painful chore. So get your pumping journey comfortable with flange sizing now!
Struggling with Flange Sizing?
Now that you know size matters and you’re still unsure about your flange sizes, let the Nipple Queen Ruler do the work for you. No more guesswork or adding millimeters to find your sizes. The Nipple Queen Ruler not only measures your nipples but also tells you the exact flange size products to purchase. Stop struggling with flange sizing, use this unique tool and make your pumping journey comfortable and efficient as possible.