Why Do You Need the Right Size Flange?
Imagine you want to bake a cake just for one person but you have a tin that’s large enough to feed 8 people, but you decide to use it anyway because it’s all you have. Your cake is going to be dried out, edges cracked and what should have been a cute plump morsel of cake is ruined because the tin was too large.
The same principle applies to your flange, use a size too large and you can end up with sore, bleeding, blistered, cracked nipples which can lead to thrush. When you are in pain and can’t empty, the clogs can lead to mastitis because you aren’t getting the proper suction with your flanges. The end result is you’re still in pain and your supply is going to decrease.
With proper size, you should be able to pump in comfort and be able to empty. That should be the two things to focus on throughout your pumping journey. If you need assistance with sizing, I developed Nipple Queen Ruler so that moms can size themselves at home and the number on the ruler is the size to buy. You may see a lot of other companies, even breast pump companies, have sizing tools, unfortunately, these tools have you add 3-4mm to your nipple size and that is too much of a guessing game. Rest assured, Save The Milk is one of the original flange sizing companies focusing on your comfort and your output and our community wants you to succeed so we stopped the guessing game.
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