So many moms tell me their nipples are elastic when they use Elvie. But that may likely not be the case!
You can see from the picture above that ordinary flanges are longer and the suction hole is located far away from the tube itself so it does not interfere with the nipple. This means that when you are pumping you don’t loose suction. Looking at the Elvie flanges in comparison, they are shorter and the two tiny suction holes, you likely didn’t even know they were there, are located near the middle of the flanges. This doesn’t leave much room for your nipples to extend like some moms need and how other normal flanges provide room. Then because the suction holes are near the middle of the flange, when the suction is turned on, your nipples can block these holes, reducing the suction, causing milk to back up in the green backflow protector and reduce the amount of milk you pump.
How to combat this issue?
I designed my own Pumping Pretty Inserts to help moms with flat nipples and elastic nipples specifically for Elvie OG! If your nipples measure for 24mm flanges, you can use my inserts in sizes from 13mm to 19mm! I will be coming out with 21s sometime later this year (2022) so hang tight if you need this size! GO HERE TO ORDER
Other options: Legendairy silicon flanges inside the 28mm or 24mm Elvie flanges. You will push them in until they reach, but don’t cover, the suction holes. Using a little lube can be helpful. This is a HACK and getting Pumping Pretty Inserts would be a lot easier.
Last resort situation?
BeauGen Cushions help you size down and to hold your tissue back. These can help your nipples stay clear of the suction holes but will require you to purchase them often. These are temporary products that last 2-8 weeks. You can learn more on how to use them with Elvie, here. 10% off code BC-savethemilk
Lacteck Baby Motion Flanges for the moms with true elastic nipples requiring sizing down 15mm to 19mm. You will want to review the video on how to cut the inserts as it is very similar to cutting them as Maymom and Freemie. For help understanding how Lacteck sizes, please read this blog. 10% off code SAVETHEMILK211 But again there is no need to do all these hacks if you try the Pumping Pretty Inserts.
I don’t blame you. The best place to start is by knowing what size is right for you. You may not know what that size is but by booking a sizing with us, we can help assist you not only in the size you need but we can help you determine what product you may respond to better. So don’t be overwhelmed, we are here to help.