How to Use the Avent Manual Breast Pump

Updated March 23, 2017

The Avent Manual Breast Pump is easy to assemble, discreet to use, dishwasher safe and travels well. This manual breast pump mimics a baby's suckling action, which helps stimulate the production of milk. Using a breast pump gives mothers the convenience of pumping and storing their breast milk for future use. This is perfect if you're a new mother returning to work or you need to get away for a few hours and still provide your baby breast milk.

Sanitise your hands. Wash them thoroughly with soap and warm water.

Assemble the breast pump. To start, push the white valve into the body of the pump, making sure the flat side of the valve is downwards. Place the bottle adaptor onto the neck of the body and put the lock ring over the bottle adaptor and screw it securely onto the bottle. Insert the pump bottle into the bottle adaptor and twist it gently clockwise until it clicks in place. Place the forked end of the handle under the diaphragm stem and push down gently on the handle until it clicks into place. Lastly, click the pump cover onto the pump body and place the silicone petal massager into the pump funnel.

Sit in a comfortable chair, leaning slightly forward. Make sure you have everything you need within your reach before you start pumping. That includes a washcloth or towel to wipe up any drippings and water to drink in case you get thirsty.

Press the pump funnel firmly up against your breast, making sure the seal between your breast and the funnel is close to perfect. This creates the all-important vacuum effect.

Gently push down on the pump handle and hold for two to three seconds. This will create the suction needed to pump milk from the breast. Milk may not flow until after the first couple of pumps.

Release the handle and let it return to its normal position after each stroke. This will allow the expressed milk to flow into the bottle.

Take apart your pump and clean it. Place all parts in the dishwasher or clean them in soapy warm water and rinse well.

Things You'll Need

  • Avent breast pump
  • Towel or wash cloth
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Stacey Price started writing for various websites in December 2009. She has an associate degree in public health administration from South Eastern University. She has spent many years working in a hospital setting in the human resource field. She also writes about travel, parenting and beauty/personal care, drawing from more than seven years experience as a licensed cosmetologist.